COME TO PARADISE
If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God in all.
Laugh, even when you feel too sick, too tired or too worn out.
Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.
Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.
Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.
Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what it sees.
Frolick, even when you are made fun of.
Kiss, even others are watching.
Sleep. Even when your are afraid of what the dreams might bring.
Run, even when it feels you can’t run anymore.
And always, remember even when the memories pinch your heart.
Because the pain of all your experiences makes you the person you are now.
And without your experiences, ………… you’re an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric.
What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day.
So don’t live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.
Paradise – religious term for a place in which existence is Positive, harmonious, and Eternal.
In paradise there is Peace, Prosperity and Happiness.
Come To Paradise – Come To a Place Of Contentment.
Contentment is feeling of happiness on satisfaction of the desired.
Hosea 13:6 ‘For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.
Isaiah 55:1-2 ‘ The Fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
Proverbs 19:23 ‘O satisfy us in the morning with your loving kindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all of our days.
Ecclesiastes 6- Solomon tells us that Satisfaction in life is found by enjoying God’s blessings.
Ways you and I can experience true Satisfaction
- Enjoy the blessings of this life. Ecclesiastes 6:1-6
I have noticed that in this world a serious injustice is done. God will give someone wealth, honor, and prosperity, yes, everything he wants, but then will not let him enjoys it. Some stranger will enjoy it instead. It is useless and it’s all wrong.
Solomon ‘serious injustice’ refers to the painful misfortune of not being able to enjoy Gods good gifts. The scripture says that God blesses with wealth, honor and prosperity, and doesn’t bless the man with contentment, satisfaction and enjoyments.
Blessing of the material possession is not balanced with the wisdom to enjoy them.
Solomon’s principle is – Every good gift that God gives can truly and ultimately enjoyed if God empowers us.
All that this world has to offer can be incredibly empty and unsatisfying. It is all vanity.
There are two tragedies in life. One is to not get your hearts desires. The other is to get it.
George Bernard Shaw
Prosperity is a greater test of character than poverty.
A Romanian church leader who spent time in the west said; 95% of believers who face the test of persecution pass it, 95% who face the test of prosperity fail.
How are you doing with the prosperity God has given you?
Are you passing the test?
If not pray for the grace to find satisfaction in God’s good gifts.
James 1:5 ‘But if any of you lack wisdom, he should pray to God who will give it to him; because God gives generously and graciously to all.
- In Ecclesiastes6:3-6
A man may have 100 children and live a long time, but no matter how long he lives if he doesn’t get his share of happiness, and does not receive a decent burial, then I say a baby born dead is better off. It does that baby no good to be born: it disappears into darkness, where it is forgotten. It never sees the light of the day or knows what life is like – but at least it has found rest- more so than the man who never enjoys life, though he may live 2000 years. After all, both of them are going to the same place.
Solomon exaggerates to make his point of vanity and money. You can live twice as long as anyone else and have more children than anyone else, but if God is not involved and He is not granting you his satisfaction and it’s all worthless.
Solomon concerns of miscarriage more philosophical than literal. My heart suffers to all those who have suffered the ordeal of miscarriage. And yet I want you to feel the weight of Solomon’s point. It is more tragic for someone to be given life and possessions, honor, riches and not enjoy life’s good things than the tragedy of miscarriages.
He says it’s more tragic for the life to be granted, and a person not enjoy the good things in life than for a baby not to come to term.
Better to miscarry at birth, than to miscarry throughout life.
- Accept the limitations of this life Ecclesiastes 6:7-12
Solomon reminds us that life has its challenges and we need to accept this reality.
A man does all his work just to get something to eat: but he never has enough. How is a wise man better off than a fool? What good does it do a poor man to know how to face life? It is useless: it is like chasing the wind. It is better to be satisfied with what I have than to always want something else.
Solomon’s intention seems to speak to anything material. Whatever it is that you pick to attempt to satisfy your soul will eventually be found to be lacking .Physical things can only satisfy physical needs, the hunger of the soul is spiritual and needs spiritual things for satisfaction.
Use what is available instead of yearning for what is beyond you i.e. a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
- Ecclesiastes 6:10-12
Everything that happens was already determined long ago, and we all know that a man cannot argue with someone who is stronger than he. The longer you argue, the more useless it is, and you’re no better off. How can anyone know what is best for a man in this short , useless life of his, a life that passes like a shadow? How can anyone know what will happen in the world after he dies?
We need to learn to be submissive to our great God, for He alone knows the end from the beginnings. He is the only sovereign God. Man does not know what is best for him or what his future holds completely .We’re ignorant of our place in Gods all inclusive plan. Human life is fleeting it is like a shadow, it is futile to fight with God, He always wins.
Your arms are too short to box with God.
James Weldon Johnson.
To argue with God is to argue with the very power that makes it all possible to argue to all.