"There is no getting away from wanting to reach to things to give me comfort and joy that'll take attention away from unpleasantness"

 

The world will try it’s hardest to bring us down. We can look for positive things to supply us with boosts in energy, rest and respite from our woes but the irony is that we want to fix the world with the THINGS of the world. What other source is there, that we are left to draw from after all this? Should we bother or dare to figure this out? The answer could be found in Psalm 62 of the Bible.

 

“For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall not be greatly shaken.
How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;

I shall not be greatly shaken.
How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?

They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse.
Selah For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
Selah Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭62:1-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 

There is no getting away from wanting to reach to things to give me comfort and joy that’ll take attention away from unpleasantness. I too, have the capacity to look to food, or movies, books, alone time or even healthy alternatives like exercise to mend my attitude. After all, the material world is all around us but it is not the ONLY thing there is. For example where does the feeling of joy come from when I bite into a lovely shepherds pie? Where does the feeling of safety come from when my wife puts her arms around me when things have felt tough? Where does the experience of contentment come from after I’ve mowed the lawns and enjoyed the fruits of my moderate labor with a cold drink?

Is it mere chemicals that fizz from my brain to tell me these things are good, translating into the right attitude to complete the next task of the day? Is it more likely a transcendental anomaly that cannot be explained? Why do only humans seem to struggle with their existence and not animals? I am having trouble finding the exact quote from Pastor Timothy Keller of Redeemer Church, New York but I’ll paraphrase it into my own version.

The star fish does not wonder about why it does not have wings to fly or a tail to wag. It’s more preoccupied with glorifying God with everything it was made for. The star fish does a better job of the right attitude than us because we are still confused at what we are made for, unlike any other living creature. Aren’t we meant to be the advanced intelligent ones of the bunch?

 I pose as always, God through making us, holds the complete value of our core beliefs about existence itself. If God has this sort of influence over the way we are made, how the earth spins and where the winds blow, he also has sovereignty over what the righteous ways are to govern a right attitude.

For a 2000 year old book, the writers knew more than what we do today. The question over being positive over your outlook and moving forward with the numerous griefs we inevitably accrue with years is actually a question of love. Verse 11 it sums this up.

“Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭62:11-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The world can offer you all kinds of love but it is unstable. With steadfast love we go out into the world with all the attributes of a right attitude. Without love we go out in weakness and it’s any wonder why trouble finds us at times.

 

“Read your bible and you’ll be OK” *slaps shoulder* is not the advice I am intending.

 

But while we do read our bibles, we must however see the vanity of the world and its excuses for solutions, that are only good for a while but lack the power of God’s love to reform our attitudes into right attitudes.

 

L.C Rabbetts