A DOSE OF FAITH
RICHARD G. MENDOZA, MPH, PHD
Pr. Richard Mendoza works at the Central Luzon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. An educator and promoter of health, he complements his advocacies with spiritual and values oriented insights.
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During a social gathering, my wife was asked if she’s happy to have me as her husband and if she’s happy with her life now. She answered that she could have married a wealthy man or at least someone with a high paying job and live a more comfortable life, being able to buy and get not only what she needs but also what she wants; but she’s happy with me and what she has chosen to be her life.
I joked that, “Wala ka na lang magawa kasi and’yan na ‘yan” (You just can’t do anything anymore, because it’s already there). Those who were listening laughed, but got serious when I added that, our riches is in heaven and that we can enjoy them in the future when Jesus returns. He who promised to bring us home said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2 KJV)
Meanwhile, we can be happy at present, with Jesus in our lives and being content with what God has given us. By being content, I don’t mean that we should be satisfied and stopped from progressing. We can dream big, plan great things and strive to be successful, but before your desires materialize, be content with what you are, be happy with what you have and appreciate everything that you got. Paul says, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13 ESV)
The freedom of choice is ours, God is not a dictator and He didn’t want us to be like robots. He made us with mental faculties and granted us talents for us to use and utilize and it is up to us to make use of them for good or for evil. But, we can seek His will and He will lead us if we listen to His voice.
There are ways to know His will and foremost is to seek guidance from the Bible, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 118:105 KJV). The specifics may not all be there, but the principles can be applied before you make plans and decisions.
Express to Him in prayer, God is our confidant! He who knows what lies ahead, surely sees what’s best for each one of us. He’s our Creator, and in the same way that an inventor knows the purpose or how to make the best use of his invention, God knows what we need and what’s best for us. The safest course is to entrust our future to Him, He has good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11). And He promises to work everything for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
As far as happiness is concerned, contentment is the key and God is the source. It was said that, “You are rich when you are content and happy with what you have.” Dr. Ben Carson (retired world renowned neurosurgeon and Housing and Urban Development Secretary of the USA) wrote this beautiful piece, “Sometimes you are unsatisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life. A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of flying. But, a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of returning home. That’s life!! Enjoy yours. If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets. But only poor kids do that. If power ensures security, then officials should walk unguarded. But those who live simply, sleep soundly. If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages. But those who live simply, walk humbly and love genuinely!”
What about your dreams and aspirations? What can God do to make them come true? When you entrust your life to God: He will put you in the right place at the right time. He will give you new knowledge and direct your path with His eye. He will set up divine appointments with the right people. The Father will show you things that you do not know. He will see to it that it will be done “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6) He will make a way when there is no way for the dream to come true, especially when it’s good for you. Trust in Divine Providence!
You don’t have a love life? Ask the Lord and He shall give you one at the right time. “House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 19:14) As to my wife who has chosen me inspite of not having any parental inheritance, but just claim by faith that I’m heir to God’s kingdom, I can only say, “God gave me you.”
Is your life not turning the way you wanted it to be? Be patient, there is time for everything and for everyone. Keep trusting God who answers yes, no, or wait to your supplications (depending on what He sees best). Wait for your turn, for God’s appointed time. Move on with your life and never give up! God is just a prayer away and you can count on Him. The life that He gave is beautiful. Live it to the fullest and in Him abundantly. Live the life you choose, love your spouse that you marry and make God the center of your relationship and you will be happy.