This is something that I have been struggling with lately. Psalm 23 begins with “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” This command is hard to follow!
I want a lot of things in life: success, a family, security, possessions, the list can go on and on. But we can only find God’s Peace when we stop wanting, and stop worrying, and instead follow Him as sheep follow a shepherd.
“Nothing troubles the man who is given over to the will of God, be it illness, poverty or persecution. He knows that the Lord in His mercy is solicitous for us. The Holy Spirit, whom the soul knows, is witness therefore. But the proud and the self-willed do not want to surrender to God’s will because they like their own way, and that is harmful for the soul.
Abba Pimen said: ‘Our own will is like a wall of brass between us and God, preventing us from coming near to Him or contemplating His mercy.’
We must always pray the Lord for peace of soul that we may the more easily fulfil the Lord’s commandments; for the Lord loves those who strive to do His will, and thus they attain profound peace in God.
He who does the Lord’s will is content with all things, though he be poor or…
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