WHEN GOD IS NOT ENOUGH, GOD IS NOT ALL WE NEED
April 27, 2017
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Kristina L. Allen is the mother of eight children and the author of seven books. Kristina hopes to inspire fellow Job’s Princesses out there find the purpose for their pain. Notwithstanding, She hopes to build a foundation that will build schools for those precious children and safe houses for those rescued from human trafficking. She welcomes contact from any of her readers at KristinaLAllen63@gmail.com. Click here to view her books on her Amazon Author.
I read a tweet, yesterday, by a woman whose profile picture was obviously taken on her wedding day. She had a smile as wide as the sea. Joy, contentment, and happiness were beaming in the countenance of her expression. She tweeted, “If GOD is truly in your heart then you have all you need to be happy.” No happy bride, this is not true! I understand the sentiment behind this, and there is some truth to it, however, GOD created the human body to need some things in conjunction with Him. He can provide them, but He cannot be them.
GOD needs a man’s hand to sign one’s paycheck. GOD needs a man to manage a grocery store, a human to run the electric plant, to manage the infrastructure of our cities and towns, etc. GOD needed Jesus Christ to die for us so that we could have a personal intimate relationship with Him. GOD created the human body to need or crave some things innately. We need water, we need food, to live, and we need sex. GOD created this innate desire in humans and the animal kingdom for procreation. He also created our craving for sex to keep a husband and wife as one flesh, to keep intimacy in the marriage, which anyone will tell you is the basis of a successful marriage. He commands that we should not deny each other. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband I Corinthians 7:3. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourself to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I Corinthians 7:5.
Wives and husbands, if you are under the authority of the LORD, you have no right to deny your spouse, and there is too much of that going on in the church. There are seasons in our lives when GOD will take it away, usually to cause us to lean more on Him, and to not let us make an idol of sex because it is so pleasurable (When done right). There are some that GOD gifts with asexuality; without feeling of sexual association. The Apostle, Paul saw it as a gift to be asexual. Some may think of it not as a gift. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from GOD; one has this gift, another has that.” I Corinthians 7:6-7
There is something else we need that GOD cannot do Himself and that is, be in a relationship with us, human to human. GOD is GOD, the Holy Spirit is GOD, Jesus is GOD, so GOD has a relationship within Himself, with His own kind. As GOD is relational, so has He created us in His image, needing relations. It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a helper for him. Genesis 2:18.
But for Adam, no suitable helper was found. So the LORD GOD cause the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then, the LORD GOD made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man Genesis 2:20-22. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three (human-Jesus-human) is not quickly broken.
There are times in our lives that GOD ordains for us to be alone, some longer than others, and some for a lifetime. This is such a time for me. This is the time when I do nothing but seek Him for His purpose and will for my life. Like water, food, and sex, I crave GOD. I search the Internet for sermons, I am in my Bible all day long, or the worship music is playing, or I am on my knees with my prayer shawl. I cannot get enough. I even have sermons playing while I am sleeping so I can hear the Word in my sleep. This I believe is from Him for this time in my life, however, I am very unhappy right now, yet, I have my fill of GOD, day and night. I am content to live now as He has planned, but my lonely heart and daily life is sometimes, unbearable.
Happiness is another physical craving ALL humans need to live. Wrap your brain around that one. We spend our entire lives in search of it, chasing it, or trying to attain it, no matter what it takes. It too is a physical need. Happiness is what the brain uses to produce serotonin and dopamine, the happy neurotransmitters and yes, we need them lest we die of despair, and that is the basis behind the suicide rate.
So, GOD is not all we need to be happy, GOD is the foundation of all we need to be happy. Only GOD can bring these things to us. He must be the reason for it, encompassed in it, and the GOD over it. GOD will give you all you need, yes, even happiness, but in His due time for His due purpose and with only His due power. I used to wonder if happiness was something truly ordained by GOD, because happiness seems to have eluded me all of my life. There is a vast difference between being joyful, which I am most times, and being happy. Being happy would entail the desire to remain here in this life, as opposed to wanting to depart to my heavenly home much more. I may sound like I’m complaining or suicidal, but I assure you I am not, because, this too has been GOD’s good purpose for me.
There is a work for me to do, and my having never been truly happy has everything to do with it. For most of my life, I thought life was meant to be all about suffering for the cause, bearing our burdens, carrying our cross. All those are part of living designed by GOD, but as I found out near fifteen years ago, so is happiness. Here is what I have seen: it is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which GOD gives him; for it is his heritage. Ecclesiastes 5:8. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would have seen the goodness of the LORD in the land of the LIVING! (Emphasis; mine) Psalm 27:13
So, if we have nothing but GOD, we have everything (He ordains).
Kristina L. Allen is the mother of eight children and the author of seven books. Kristina hopes to inspire fellow Job’s Princesses out there find the purpose for their pain. Notwithstanding, She hopes to build a foundation that will build schools for those precious children and safe houses for those rescued from human trafficking. She welcomes contact from any of her readers at KristinaLAllen63@gmail.com.
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