The less we hold on to what we want, the happier we shall be. If we find our life – our way, what we want, the pleasures, recognition, security we crave – then we shall lose it. It is an odd rule of God’s world that if you live for yourself, you eventually lose everything that matters most. If you live for him, even if you seem to lose everything, you find and are given everything. Our Father gives us everything, when like his Son we become servants.
Always the consequences of disobedience will be felt. We must be quiet before God and desire nothing but to be what he has called us to be. We learn this only from his word, or we learn it nowhere and are left with nothing but the bedlam of conflicting opinions screaming to be heard. Men and women must stand quiet and trembling before his word (Isa. 66:2), for we are sinners and recovered to his peace at a great price and upon condition that we shall ever after walk humbly before him (John 15:10).