Joshua's words are a challenge of belief. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. But what after you have made that decision?
What is our process when facing a below-average life in this flesh?
As we will see from J.C. Ryle, our first response to every circumstance should be, "As for me, I will seek the Lord."
Richard Baxter adds his most probing Question:
"Are not the comforts you desire neglected or resisted?"
"Oh that men would understand that happiness, does not depend on outward circumstances, but on the state of the heart."
"Prayer can lighten crosses for us however heavy. It can bring down to our side One who will help us to bear them. Prayer can open a door for us when our way seems hedged up. It can bring down One who will say, "This is the way, walk in it." Prayer can let in a ray of hope when all our earthly prospects seem darkened. It can bring down One who will say, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Prayer can obtain relief for us when those we love most are taken away, and the world feels empty. It can bring down One who can fill the gap in our hearts with himself, and say to the waves within, "Peace; be still." Oh that men were not so like Hagar in the wilderness, blind to the well of living waters close beside them.
I want you to be happy. I know I cannot ask you a more useful question than this: Do you pray?"
From David and Micah, we learn to seek first Him who tells us, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
"What a man is on his knees before God, that he is and nothing more."
Robert Murray M'Cheyne
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