Imagine a world where everything goes your way. Imagine a world where you succeed in everything you attempt. Imagine a world where every wish you make comes true.
For this to happen, all potentials for opposition would have to be removed. Therefore, one’s heart and will would be unrestrained. Is this a wise situation?
For such a thing to be possible we would have to be born with UNLIMITED WISDOM. We would be excused from all education because learning often requires things going wrong, making mistakes, and learning that our better judgment requires seeing the bigger picture and even being subservient to the wishes of others.
For one thing, success has no meaning or quality without some opposition, which defines the parameters of an undertaking and allows us to measure the success.
Unfortunately, the other problem is that we are not born into such wisdom. And without wisdom, if everything went our way, what parameters would we set on our good fortunes? Without parameters, other people for sure, would suffer for our endless success.
Endless success would grow into an obsession and the desire to rule over others and in acquiring all wealth. Without a means for obtaining wisdom, how would we ever learn to have regard for others?
So the world is cleverly governed by God to offer opposition, disappointment, tragedy, misfortune and suffering. But God only does so in a way that best serves the eternal purpose of creation and salvation. This seems unfair, but most of us will admit that we have had to learn many lessons the hard way.
So one of the Creator’s most important activities of Divine Infinite Love is to play the role of everyone’s antagonist wherever wisdom is lacking and needed.
If we knew what God wanted for us it would most always go against our worldly wishes and ambitions. As proof, how much does love for the neighbor play a role in our current efforts of getting ahead in life and in the promotion of our personal status?
What if you had visible evidence that God always got in the way of our biggest ambitions because such worldly success would increase self-centeredness and interfere with your eternal happiness and peace?
The answer is that you would be enraged.
You would have a burning hatred of God if you saw a divine hand involved in your misfortunes, while allowing someone else to enjoy a lucky streak.
What is not known is that ego-centeredness, and a heart moved only towards seeking one’s own advantage is spiritual profanation. We separate our hearts from Christian faith when we are always looking out for “number one.” This is the biggest killer of religious faith.
Therefore, when bad things happen to good people, it is a good thing from an eternal point of view. It is a sign from God that we are still savable.
All anger, frustration, rage, and disappointment, comes from something interfering with our heart’s desire. Whatever gets in our way quickly is identified as the “enemy.” But we should always evaluate our values. God is constantly trying to change our hearts to desire heaven and a spiritual life of mutual love. Mutual love is what constitutes true heavenly blessedness.
It is essential to spiritual growth that the Lord God challenges who we are, and the false idea that we know what’s best for us. Without wisdom, all we can know is what we like, not what is best.
What is your heart’s desire? What treasure do you really seek?