Happiness and Joy are Fulfilling the Will of God
By Archdeacon Habib Guirgus
One must submit to the will of God that grants us a great grace by which we can acquire virtues.
One must feel
safe for 'all what may come', because we are in the hands of 'The Most High',
His protection and His economy.
Do not imagine that you can be at rest and peace if you fulfilled your will, for your comfort and peace are in fulfilling the will of God, for His will is holier than ours. He will guide you better and more than you can guide yourself, for He protects you; He is your shield.
He wants perfect peace and full salvation for us more than we want for ourselves.
The Israelites desired and craved for meat in the wilderness, and insisted on fulfilling their will, and their will caused their destruction; "He also rained meat on them like the dust, feathered fowl like the sand on the seas; and He let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their habitations. So they ate and were well filled, for He gave them their own desire. They were not deprived of their craving; but while their food was still in their mouths, the wrath of God came against them, and slew the stoutest of them, and struck down the choice men of Israel" (Psalm 78:27-31).
The greatest joy enjoyed by the saints in heaven is being embedded in the love of God. They do not think of themselves for God is 'all in all'. They do not foresee anything else except Him. So, if you walked in the path of God, and your will was submissive to His, you have already started the comfort of the saints and the joy of the heavenly, while you are still on earth.
Accept and endure in patience, what God brings unto you, whether it be joy, or temptation, or hardship, and take as if you were expecting it and wanting for yourself. By doing so, you will find rest and peace and nothing of the aforementioned will bother you, for God's choice is for our good, more than good that we might choose for ourselves.
A lifestyle of following God's will, will not push you to pride and boast, and even disdain will not hurt you, for you acquired the inner peace, which urges you to accept everything and anything in thanks, joy, and patience. You will never be seen sad, or sorrowful, or angry, but rather happy, peaceful, calm and tranquil.
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