“Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God” – Psalm 146:5
Why? Why are those people happy? This verse indicates that it’s because they know that God will answer them or come for them. Their hope isn’t a false, hollow hope, it’s a sure thing; an assurance. They are happy just knowing that God hears them and answers their prayers even when He doesn’t answer them the way they were hoping He would.
That isn’t us anymore. We are happier when God answers us the way we want, than we are simply knowing that He hears us and always gives us an answer. This is because we have lost sight of God’s glory and magnitude. We focus more on our own achievements than on the great, mighty, glorious and wondrous works of God. Things we could never do like live outside of time itself and create an infinite and ever expanding universe. We can’t do that. We can’t create birds out of nothing. Stars do not sing for us and we did not give the stars their voices.
But let’s face reality, we live in a craptastic world right now. The world has gone mad. Some people want to blow us up just because they don’t agree with how some Americans live and behave. The underlying worldview for more than half of the world is “if it feels right to you, then it’s true for you”; truth has become more feeling and opinion than fact. Many marriages no longer make it to the 5-year mark before deciding on divorce. Making a fool of yourself on national television is all that’s required to be a celebrity now. And watch television if you need proof, people are actually less intelligent than they were 15 years ago. Adults, no matter your job, should have basic speech and grammar skills.
There’s casual sex and violence and illness and bullying, etc. and it doesn’t seem like things are getting any better. We sacrifice our time, our families and even ourselves to the altars of entertainment, technology, sex and vulgarity. Face the reality people, there’s absolutely NO reason that God should care about anything we have to say.
But He does care.
He listens when we call.
Yet instead of being grateful that He answers us at all, we get angry or petty when He doesn’t answer us our way. Our focus is to much on us and not enough on Him; or we would realize the great privilege it is that the Creator of the air we breathe hears our insignificant murmuring. And not only that, He hurts with us, is sad with us, sits with us when we’re lonely and stands there and takes it when we’re angry and we take it out on Him.
He loves us anyway.
That should make us happy. That should be enough even when God doesn’t give the answer we want.
Is God enough to cause a change in your life? Is God enough?