Do you feel like every day your sorrows are multiplying? Maybe you are in a difficult situation, still waiting for “the one”, or feeling like you take one step forward and ten steps back. Perhaps you feel like that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel just never comes for you. It’s like one stumble after another and you reach days where you simply want to throw in the towel!
We’ve all been there in one way or another. I’m not here to sing songs to your weary heart. In fact, let me say: I get it. I’m not saying my experience with sorrow is greater than yours. Who can put sorrows on a scale? No matter the source – it hurts.
Finding that place where your soul (and flesh) prospers
Oh, my beautiful friends, it is not the desire or will of the Father that you remain in sorrow, but it is His will that your soul prospers – AND your flesh:
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” (Ps. 16:9)
I’m not here to give you a lecture or TELL you what you should do. However, let me share how I found the place of where my soul and flesh are prospering, no matter what is happening around me.
In the beginning…
Seek Ye First…
I absolutely love giving the first of my day to the Father! It fills me with joy and generates the most wonderful ideas. Sweet is my time with my Bridegroom and Father; I soak in the adoration lavished on me – and I reciprocate.
In my pursuit of the Father, it is about being ALL IN. Psalm 15 & 16 reveals the type of person that dwells in His presence:
- those who fear the Lord
- the one who swears to his own hurt and does not change.
- one who puts ALL their delight in God.
In other words, more than my son, husband, family, dreams, desires, reputation…none of these things are more desirable to me than sitting in the presence of the Lord. For Psalm 16: 4 says, “The sorrows of those who run after (acquire) another god shall multiply.”
Again, let me ask, are your sorrows multiplying? I know mine did for a looooong time. But a few years ago I made a commitment that I would seek FIRST the kingdom of God because the promise was that “everything else would be added” to me.
That’s a pretty awesome promise and it was high-time that I actually started to believe that was true. The Father also declares in Psalm 16:11 that, “[he makes] known to me the path of life. (I want that) In His presence is the fullness of joy. (Yes, please) And by His hand are pleasures forevermore. (Double yes!!)”
God’s desire is that we live in the fullness of His joy! That our flesh and soul are well. If our sorrows are multiplied, it is not at the hand of the Father. We must look to the Word which says that when we pursue other things besides Him, our sorrows are multiplied.
My sorrows began to lift the day I was honest with myself about where my focus was. Anything other than God first is another god. Ooops. My sorrows were my god.
No need to deeply evaluate the source of our sorrows. That would mean our focus is still on the sorrow. I repented for not having my full focus on the Father and quickly started thinking only of my wonderful Father and my beautiful Jesus. Funny how things quickly start dissolving like snow and ice melting under the Spring sun.
HE will fix our sorrows – we can not (Galatians 3:1-3). Our ONLY job is to see first HIS kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33)!
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)
“Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?(it’s through faith) Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? (i.e. our own effort)” (Gal. 3:2-3)
You see, the tunnel isn’t as long as you thought. Enter into the light and dance for joy in the presence of the Most High and the lover of your soul! Just SEEK FIRST and you’ll be more than fine!!