“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
James 4:1-3 NIV
When we pursue goals to satisfy the self, we will become frustrated and disappointed…wondering why things don’t go our way. We must learn to surrender our desires for what God has planned. He can see everything; we can only see a small part of our lives. This doesn’t mean do nothing…our job is to learn from God’s Word and keep doing good things as best we can with what we have been given. Submit whatever you do to the Lord and you will find peace. Amen.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
James 4:7-10 NIV
(This photo was taken in July of 2019 at a lake in northwestern Wisconsin)