Today our ACTION HERO stands among the giants of Faith. Our Hero found the answer to true HAPPINESS!
Isn’t that what we are all looking for? I mean, seriously, it is impossible to even count the number of books on the bookshelves at your local Barnes and Noble that begin with the title…’The Key to Happiness Is”…and they graciously fill in the blank with their version of what they believe will make not only them, but you happy.
“Happiness is loving and being loved”, “Happiness is deciding to not say negative things”, “Happiness is the smell of a new book,” “Happiness is an unexpected piece of chocolate,” and the list goes on and on…
While all of these things and many others may bring momentary “Happiness”, that happiness does not last.
Unless the unexpected chocolate find is a lifetime supply! Just kidding!
Seriously, even that does not bring lasting happiness. I was reminded of the true Biblical definition of Happiness this weekend as I listened to my son preach. “True HAPPINESS comes through our blessings from God.”
Those gifts in our lives that cannot be taken away, do not fade or tarnish, do not grow old or worthless. They are the blessings that our Father gives us freely because He loves us.
Our Action Hero knew what true HAPPINESS was and he embraced it and followed it faithfully!
“The Lord said to Abram, (Abraham), Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will BLESS you and make you famous, and you will be a BLESSING to others.”
ABRAHAM WAS BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!
Our Action Hero of the Faith was a HAPPY man, not because his life was easy, and his path in life smooth. He was a HAPPY man because he knew that following and obeying God, NO MATTER THE COST, is the key to TRUE LASTING HAPPINESS! He obeyed God, and THEN the blessings came.
So much of the time friends, we fail to complete the steps God is asking us to take. We grow tired, discouraged and frankly, WE GIVE UP! Or, even worse yet, we don’t even take the first step! We decide that what God is asking us to do is too hard and the cost will be to great. We even rationalize in our minds that God could not be asking us to do that. After all, it goes against everything the world tells us will bring HAPPINESS. We must have heard God wrong.
Our Action Hero knew that God’s economy is “UPSIDE DOWN” to ours. What the world tells us is to stay in our comfort zone, to surround ourselves with family and friends that make us feel good, and to stay where we are comfortable and secure. Our Action Hero knew that True HAPPINESS is not found in the comfort zone. He knew that the “comfort zone” can become the “Danger Zone!”
He knew that complacency could set in and cause him to never make a move.
Our Hero was willing to step out in faith and follow God no matter the cost!
“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by FAITH.” Hebrews 11:8-9
ABRAHAM WENT, then he was blessed and then he was happy, not before. Abraham obeyed God and left his hometown, family, relatives and all of his familiar surroundings. He obeyed God based on FAITH alone! He did not know where he was going! He did not understand why God was moving him, and he was alone! But He knew that TRUE HAPPINESS only comes through the blessings of God. Everything else in this world is temporary and fades away.
Abraham was blessed by God, he was famous and he did become the father of many nations just as God had promised!
“All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3b
However, it came at a cost! A cost our Hero was willing to pay. Are we willing to pay the same cost?
Friends, I submit that if we are not, we will not find TRUE HAPPINESS here on Earth. Momentary happiness, sure, but TRUE HAPPINESS-the kind that permeates our soul, makes us feel content even while surrounded by chaos, and makes us feel the peace that makes no sense to us or the world around us.
TRUE HAPPINESS ONLY COMES THROUGH GODS BLESSINGS!
I feel very very close to this topic today. Seven months ago Jim and I packed up our home of eleven years. We left the city we had lived in for the better part of 30 years. We left our church family, relatives and dear friends. We left our daughter, son-in-law and grand babies! I am not going to lie, as we drove away, it felt like my heart was being ripped apart! There were moments I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I would burst into sobs and moans that sounded something like a wounded animal. And then, there would be no tears, no sound at all. The sadness felt overwhelming!
The world was telling me, and actually doing the opposite of what Jim and I were doing. As they were seeing their grown children move away from home, get married and have children of their own, people our age were moving closer to their children and grand children.
But we had clearly heard God calling us to a new ministry in Sebastopol California. So we went. We followed and obeyed not because it “felt good,” or seemed “logical”, or even “natural”, it actually felt “unnatural”, but because we know and have felt the goodness of God’s blessings on our lives when we have followed and obeyed Him in the past!
In fact, we only felt the pain of leaving family, friends and home because they were God’s blessings to us in that season of our lives. We have “left home before.” We have traveled to foreign cities and foreign mission fields, and every time we have left someone or something precious behind. And every time God has blessed and given us more than we could ever dream, think or imagine! And we know He will again!
Our Action Hero of the Faith today, Abraham, gives me hope, encouragement and inspiration. I in no way compare my sacrifice to his, but like all true action heroes, his Faith inspires mine!
“Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” Hebrews 11:10
SO AM I! I long for the day when we too will be in that eternal city with our heavenly Father and He will say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant,”, my version…”Well done good and faithful Action Hero,” you demonstrate your faith by putting it into action!
Let’s aspire to be True Action Heroes of the Faith! Those who have gone before us inspire us to nothing less!
Love you friends and thankful for you!
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