What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
King Solomon, Why God Created Us, Post Six
What type of stories about envy might interest God?
In the previous post I stated someone once said the reason God created us was because He loves to hear a good story. Will our story be pleasing to Him? If not, I suggested maybe we should begin to edit our lives to make our story be more pleasing to God.
Conundrums to Consider
Bible Genesis 1:27 states God created human beings in his own image. Does that mean He purposely created us with the ability to become envious? Why?
Perhaps we become envious for other peoples’ traits, status, abilities, or situation because we considered them to be much luckier, smarter, more attractive, and better than ourselves?
Perhaps though, God made us for His purposes. If you start telling him about your envy, would He consider that you are in fact complaining to Him?
Who really wants to listen to a complainer? Especially if they tell you he or she did not like something you designed even though they used it for a different and wrong purpose than He designed it for?
Who wants to listen to a story about something not working properly to their satisfaction because they did not maintenance or use it according to His instructions?
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. (Proverb 14:30)
A sound heart is the life of the flesh. The heart that is healthy, morally and physically, spreads its beneficent influence over the whole body in all its functions and relations; a man that envies the happiness and prosperity of others, this preys upon his own spirits, and not only wastes his flesh, but weakens and consumes the stronger parts of his body, (Biblehub.com)
In My Opinion
I surmise the answer to all the above conundrums lies in the words “inner peace.” To achieve this state, first we must know and accept that there is a good reason and purpose for our talents. Discover what you are good at doing to serve the purpose of God. Do that well and you may find inner peace and hopefully live a long healthy life. When we find inner peace in our lives, there is no need or desire to envy anyone.
I also surmise, that God designed us to have free choice of good or evil in our stories. When we find inner peace in our lives, there is no need for envy of others. Instead of desire to be the same as someone else, we strive to live a full life of our own using God’s blessing and talents He gave us rather than someone else’s blessing.
To envy another’s blessings will only waste your time and talents to use your love and enjoyment in your life. Seek to use your talents to serve your God and you find Gods love will bring both love and inner peace in your life story.
For those who are having trouble and not yet found their purpose in life, perhaps this Excerpt might help. In a novel I surmised the Queen of Sheba asked King Solomon fpr his advice to help her find inner peace. The novel is a contemporary story of how ancient proverbs and wise sayings are still relevant in our modern world.
“Bilqis, my advice to you is to pray to your Gods to help you ponder my love for you and the path you must now choose. I will also pray again to my Gods for wisdom to help you. We are now on a mountaintop, nearer to our Gods in the heavens and away from the entreaties of the masses below in hope that they may hear us more clearly. Never underestimate the power of prayer. Do not think that your maker, who made you for His reasons, will not listen to your prayers and entreaties. Prayer is the undisputed trait of piety and the greatest source of strength for the righteous.”
Bilqis face now appeared somewhat resolved in apparent better understanding of my beliefs. I waited a while before I addressed her again with more advice.
“Bilqis, as I said, we must all make choices in our life. I choose to follow the paths of Yahweh and the Goddess of Wisdom. My advice again is to pray and meditate for as long as you need in order that you take care where to place your steps on your path in life. I am confident that your wisdom will lead you to establish the wisest route.” Take care where you put your feet down, and all your routes will be established. (Proverb 4:26)
“And how will I know when I have found the right answer.” Bilqis asked somewhat resignedly.
Peaceful sleep will elude those that are apprehensive or afraid of stumbling on the right pathway to their Gods. I believe you will know the answer to your concerns when your God bestows you with a blessing of peaceful sleep. When you wake up rested and your mind is at peace, you will have found the answers you seek to follow the right path of your choosing. Then you will journey in safety, and your foot will not stumble. If you are resting, no fears will trouble you. When you lie down, sweet sleep will come to you. (Proverb 3:23)
In the Meantime
If you are still having trouble finding inner peace, consider the conclusion made about King Solomon’s life story search for wisdom in his life.
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments,for this is the duty of all mankind. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14)
As for Our Story
I surmise God will be more interested in listening to our good deeds instead of our evil deeds. I also surmise the longer he listens, the more pleased you will be about his judgement of our story.