Having discussed the first 4 ironies of holiness in the last post, we march on.
5. The more we seek to control, the less control we will have over what really matters.
Much of our suffering in this world is caused by our own desire to control, or act as if we did control, many things which are, in fact, beyond our control or should be. We all understand what is not in our control, but what is something which, while it may be in our control, should not be? These are things that we can take control of, but which will likely only cause us suffering and problems if we do. For example, suppose you want a given promotion in your job and you know you deserve it. You have already made it be known that you would be happy to get that promotion, and now you have the choice of letting things sit and leave all in the Hands of God or, on the contrary, push things and be a general pest about it. While you may certainly have the right to be the pest, is that in your best interest? Probably not. The better path to take is to ask God to provide what is best and let it go, letting God do, or not do, the rest. Not only will you have more peace and less stress but, in the end, you will know that you have truly put things in God’s Hands. If we fight for control for everything, we may throw things off and ultimately lose the things that really matter. Worry too much about every little battle, and you may very wll lose the war.
6. The more we offer to God to do as He wishes, the more He will bless us with opportunities to make a difference in our own and others’ lives
People often act as if they know what is best for them more than God does. They not only assume that they are the best judge of what is the best path to take and what are the best things to do, but likewise fail to offer all blessings to God as God deserves. If we selfishly seek and manipulate to benefit ourselves alone, we will have no help from God and, ultimately, we will lose out. Instead, we should offer all to the God Whom we should thank for what we have anyway, thus emphasizing that anything good we have comes from God, belongs to God, and should be offered and used to glorify God.
7. We will find ultimate and eternal peace and comfort by seeking earthly discomfort
Once we realize and accept the fact that comfort in this world has little, if anything, to do with eternal comfort and, in fact, may prevent eternal comfort, we will begin to see that we are here to seek discomfort for the glory of God and not comfort for our own glory.
In our next and last installment of these ironies, we will discuss the last three ironies of the ten ironies of holiness.
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