Easter is just around the corner.  Families will gather to celebrate Jesus; hunt Easter eggs; attend church in their Sunday best; and, perhaps, eat way too much.

It is a season when we reflect on the huge price God paid to bring us life abundantly.

Did you ever notice that some days don’t feel very much like you have life abundant?  It is critical in those times that we guard our heart; take thoughts captive; and seek first His Kingdom.

Why?  Because what we seek first orders our day.  If we focus on our problems – they rule and reign our days.  But Matthew 6:33 tells us that if we focus on God’s will; His presence; His power; and His promises (i.e. His Kingdom) – “all these things will be added unto us.”  It is the true secret to living life abundantly.

Speaking of God’s will, have you ever wondered what His will was for your life?

I ran across a scripture several days ago that answered that very question.  II Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

That was SO not the answer I was looking for.  I wanted direction for my actions and what He gave me was directives for my attitudes:  An attitude of gratitude regardless of the circumstance and an attitude of submission to His ways.  Ouch!

Scripture tells us that God’s ways and His understanding is higher than ours.  

(Isa 55:8-9)  That means He has the top to the puzzle box.  We probably won’t understand the journey  (His ways), but if we follow His directives  through seeking first His Kingdom; being joyful; praying; and giving thanks – we will achieve what we truly desire – life abundant!

None of this makes sense in our worldly nature, but, then, neither does giving up the life of your only Son for a bunch of rebellious, ungrateful, un-teachable people like us.

I’m glad His ways are higher – aren’t you?

Nita Kuehn