Friday, December 14, 2012

Enjoy Life, It’s Shorter Than You Think

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17 KJV

Are you enjoying your life? No really, are you? Or are you just “faking it till you make it”, with the “making it” part always just out of reach? That’s no way to live your life.

Today’s text is a great reminder that God has given us this precious gift called life and He is expecting us to enjoy it. I don’t know what’s happening around you, but it seems like I’ve run into a slew of people lately who are really fighting depression.

I want to give some advice to any of you who are struggling with depression or are just feeling down. Well, it’s time to break that cloak of depression, get happy, and start enjoying your life.

Now, understand that it may be easier said than done. But here’s the deal. It’s just a choice-- and the choice is all about where you put your hope. In this verse God is simply telling all of us to keep our hope in Him and not in things. Things come and go but God is really the only constant that we have in life. So, be happy in Him today.

Be happy that He loves you even though others don’t. Be happy that He will never leave you nor forsake you, even though others have. Be happy that He promises to supply all of your needs according to His riches rather than yours. Be happy that His grace is sufficient for you, when you feel like yours is all dried up. Be happy that He is more than enough, when you don’t feel you have enough. Be happy that you can have the mind of Christ, when yours feels fried. Be happy that His peace can be yours, when your world is in complete chaos. Be happy that He always has a plan for you, when your plans have fallen apart. Be happy that His strength is there, when yours is gone.

How is that possible? Well, it’s quite simple, just place your hope on the ONE who brought hope to this world 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ. Today, make a decision to place all of your hope and all of your trust in Him, He is the hope of the world. Make the words of this old hymn your confession for the day. Read them slowly and let them minister to your soul:

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

When Darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, his covenant, his blood, supports me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay.

When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found!
Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!

I don’t know about you, but I just got happy! So let’s do it, let’s put our hope in Jesus, enjoy the day, and be happy.

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