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I am an idolater when I set up my own happiness as my master and ultimate goal. My sinful self was never meant to be my source of joy! (and my attempts to comfort myself never satisfy me for long, anyway!)
But when I look to Jesus and worship Him instead, I no longer need X,Y, or Z to make me feel better. He is the reason I can have joy, whether I'm young or old, free or in prison, a mother or not a mother, can exercise or become paralyzed, no matter if my hair all falls out, all my children and husband die, or I die an early, painful death myself- nothing can change the fact that He is my salvation, my strength, and the source of all joy. And He is good. Always. No matter the situation.
That's why poverty of spirit is so wonderful: difficult circumstances buckle my knees and make me fall on my face and worship Him alone because I know I can't face it on my own. And there in my weakness, He shows His strength! It's there He shows me how little I can do on my own, and it's there He displays His wonderful love, His marvelous power, and just how much I can trust Him! And He's so very gentle. When my heart is aching, He leads me by still waters, and He restores my soul. He is my only true Comfort.
Oh friend, He is worthy of glory, honor, and praise forever!!