Oct 19, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life – Lesson Two (Romans 8:28)
The way in which we meet the trials of life depends on the way we inwardly see and believe things to be. If we see things from a purely human point of view, we will be discouraged and defeated. If we see things from God's point of view, recognizing His wonderful character and seeing His hand in all our circumstances, we will know peace, joy, and happiness. In this lesson, we will continue to learn the Christian's secret of a happy (or joyful) life.
To enjoy our Christian life and to enter into all that God has for us, we must take some definite steps:
Point #1 We must believe that God is Sovereign
When we say that God is sovereign, we mean that He rules over everything in this world and in the entire universe. He has all power in Heaven and in earth. There is nothing that can hinder or prevent God from doing what He purposes to do. The Bible says, "He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, What have you done?" (Daniel 4:35).
Everywhere and at all times, God rules over His creation and exercises His sovereignty. The Bible says,
"Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deep places." (Psalm 135:6) The Bible says that all things are God's "servants." This means that all things are used by God to accomplish His purposes. We tend to think that only the good people and the good things of life serve God. But God's Word tells us that all things, whether good or bad, are God's "servants" and must therefore do His will.
In Psalm 119, David is telling how he had been "almost consumed" by the proud, who had "digged pits" for him and had "persecuted him wrongfully." Yet in the face of all these trials and troubles, he declared God's faithfulness and said that all things were God's servants. David wrote, "Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides. They continue this day according to Your ordinances, for all are your servants." (Psalm 119:89-91) David realized this great truth: All things are God's servants and must therefore do His will.
Point #2 We must believe that God is good
When trials and difficulties come to us, Satan tries to put his wrong thoughts into our mind. He suggests something like this, "God doesn't really love you. How could a good God let this happen to you?" If we accept Satan's wrong thoughts, they will lead us down into self-pity and depression. The remedy for wrong thinking is right thinking. God's Word tells us that God is good. This is true, regardless of our circumstances. The Bible says, "Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for HE IS GOOD! For His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 106:1)
Point #3 We must believe that God’s will is perfect
There are many mysteries in life that we cannot explain. Christians suffer the same tragedies and sorrows as other people. Many things are hard for us to understand because we are seeing things from the earthly viewpoint and not from God's viewpoint. But God makes no mistakes. No matter how things may look in this fallen world, all of God's acts are perfect. His way cannot be improved upon. The Bible says, "As for God, His way is perfect." (Psalm 18:30)
Point #4 We must surrender our will to God
There is something within us, behind our feelings and our wishes, which decides everything and controls everything. What is it? It is our will. Our will, which the Bible sometimes calls the "heart," is the stronghold of our entire being. It is not our feelings and our wishes that determine what we do. It is our will. In order for God to get complete control of us, He must possess our will. When God says, "My son, give me your heart," (Proverbs 23:26) He is asking that our will be surrendered to Him.
He does not ask for our feelings or our wishes. He wants our will. Though God's will for us is indeed perfect, He does not force His will on us. God never takes away from us our free will. If we do not surrender our will to God, then we will miss out on His perfect plan for our life. What does it mean to surrender our will to God? It means to will what God wills, in all things and at all times. This allows God to work out His perfect plan in our life.