Your Own Choices Will Wear You Out

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 28

All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

–Ecclesiastes 1:8 (ESV)

Ultimately, the mind and body, whatever their condition, are supported solely by the divine will. Without this will, bread is poison; with it, poison is a healthy remedy. Without it, books only make you blind; with it, obscurity becomes light. It is the all, the good, the truth in all things. In all things it gives God, and God is the infinite being who becomes everything to the soul who possesses him.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

You may make choices that seemed good and wise, you may seek to fill your life with healthy things and your mind with healthy thoughts, but this does not necessarily mean that you have submitted to the will of God. You may have obeyed his words and followed his ways, but by your own will alone, doing what you think is best, with no concern to submit yourself to any will other than yours or any wisdom higher than yours. All of this self-reliance will not fill you up. It is a false abundance.

Your own choices will wear you out. Even if, like the Pharisees of old, you have used the Word of God as your guide, you will end up weary and empty. Then, you will be tempted to blame God for your condition. Instead, take weariness as a sign that you have become disconnected from your true and only source of energy. Whatever you do in submission to the will of God sustains you, even if outward appearances threaten that it will kill you. And this divine will is not hard to find; it is hidden only by your pride and your sense of self-reliance.

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