It is so easy to look around and compare our experiences with those of others, but don’t fall into that trap! It will suck your joy away. It was Theodore Roosevelt who once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy” and it’s true! Comparison is a sin trap the enemy uses to trip up the people of God, to get us to focus on ourselves, instead focusing on the Lord. That very bad habit will act like a pathogen, infecting everything it comes into contact with, infecting everyone too!
When David looked around and saw what everyone else was up to, in comparison to his own circumstances, he didn’t get depressed or frustrated. Instead, David gave thanks to God that even when the rest of the world was abounding with “corn and new wine”, he had a heart filled with gladness, which was the greater treasure? Why? Because David’s gladness was not dependent on anything other than the friendship of God. A lack of gratitude is at the heart of all comparison and it will break your connection to God faster than anything else. Don’t fall for that age-old trick of the enemy! Stay connected to Him through the grateful sacrifice of praise!
Your gladness must come from a deeper place because God has put it there and no one can take that away from you.
Psalm 45:7 says, that you, the follower of Jesus Christ, the one who is trying every day, who is growing in faith and knowledge, fighting the good fight of faith, should know this: because, “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions.” That’s a promise indeed! One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to bring the oil of gladness to people (Isaiah 61:3)- and yet so many still struggle with depression, comparison, frustrations and worse. Why? Because they refuse to look to Him and continue to look around at everyone else instead!
Thought for today
So the rest of the world appears happy, to “abound”, so what? Stop looking around you! Keeping your mind fixed on the Lord, worship Him more. Why? Because worship is exclusively about Him, not you. Ministry to the Lord is secret to joy. Your gladness must come from a deeper place, not from shallow things, because God has put it there and no one can take that away from you. You can only choose to let it go, or to keep it. “Gladness” depends on how you define it. Gladness is part of the anointing you carry and it is “better” David said. Now, live it!