A while ago, I was asked this question:
“[Although I’m not a Christian], I feel like I already have joy, comfort, and peace. So why do I need something else?”
To feel as though you have some measure of fulfillment in these areas is an amazing accomplishment, in my humble opinion. They’re truly not easy to come by, nor maintain. My thought on this is not so much that you need a “something else”, but to examine from where those feelings and that fulfillment originate:
- Is it something wherein you have to put all the dominoes in place to achieve? In other words, is it something you work at?
- Is it something you work at? Or . . .
- Is it something you’re just able to accept, regardless of situations, problems and worries? (Whether or not the dominoes are even out of the box).
Do you have these things despite or until the day-to-day struggles?
If in fact you do, more power to you. I think that’s a great achievement. And, believe me when I say I’m not trying to express that Christians have the market cornered on this. Nor that we’re consistently any good at it. But, to me anyway, it’s the difference between being able to say:
- “Okay, if I can get (or do) A, and B, and C, then I’ll be able to relax and my mind will be at ease.”
- Or, “Okay, I may not know what the future holds or how we’re going to get there, but I know God is in control and He’ll always work out what‘s best.”
When a person can look around at their present situation, totally at peace within it, and think, “Why I feel this way—this peace, this calm—makes absolutely no sense to me. Yet, I’m glad I feel this way.”
Philippians 4: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Looking to Him first allows you to be at peace with all you have (be it love, relationships, position, stuff).
More importantly, looking to Him first allows you to be at peace with all you don’t have.