“Have it Your Way” or “Be Your Own Boss” are recommended by our culture to guarantee happiness. In reality, these stand-alone arrogances are guaranteed to satisfy. In advertising, self-sufficiency and independence are used as synonyms for happiness. But this is not how God designed us to live. As believers, we have found this is not true. Dependence on God is not a sign of weakness. The only way to maximize our potential and enjoy our lives to their fullest extent is to live in harmony with our Creator. This happens when we are totally satisfied in our relationship with Him. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart,” Psalm 37:4.
Without God at the center of our lives, it’s hard to find joy in trying circumstances. Joy is not dependent on the absence of trials. It is contingent on the basis of the One whom we trust. We must believe God has our best interests in mind. We can show Him we trust Him when we submit to His plans. One way to show God you are wholeheartedly relying on Him is to pray continually. First Thessalonians 5:16–17 says,“Be joyful always, pray continually.” When we pray without ceasing, we invite His presence into every area of our lives. With His presence, besides peace and love, there is abundant joy. He promises never to leave or forsake us. Keep your mind on His word, letting it transform your mind.
Let’s pray this prayer of commitment from Psalm 119:10–12: “With my whole heart I have sought You, oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord! Teach me your statutes.”