Feel Soul Good
Why do living things exist? What chief aim did The Lord God have for creating what He did? I think the answer may be simply summed up in “to feel good”. The answer would then need to be built upon by saying “to feel good in accord with the Creator’s moral order.” “God saw everything that He created and indeed it was very good.” God’s work made Him feel good dare I say. God’s work made His creation feel good. “Break forth into singing you mountains, O forest and every tree in it shall clap their hands” ”Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” “May the whole earth be filled with the glory of the Lord.” “Let’s get together and feel alright.” These are the lyrics from “One heart, One Love” which stumble upon the core essence of our existence as I am pondering it.
Now there are many questions revolving this answer. I believe that God made us to feel good as a result of properly occupying other functions. The motto “if it feels good do it” leaves ample room for deception and harm. The fruit that accompany feeling good as The Lord intended will be Love, Joy and Peace. So the chief aim attained in God’s moral order should be to feel good and make others feel good too.
We are of the fallen race of Adam, therefore at present are not able to feel good perpetually. In the redemption of the Cross of Christ, a significant measure of this joy of the soul is available. The current dispensation should be seen as a string of times of sacrifice to obtain paradise. The enjoyment and appreciation of the blessed Light is enhanced by experiencing the ugliness of darkness. Jesus endured the suffering of the cross for the joy set before Him. Sometimes mere anticipation can bring elation. One part of the mission of Jesus was to heal. That is to make one feel good by repairing the root causes of hurt and pain. The ultimate “Feel Soul Good” party is in the eternal Kingdom of God. It is written that there will be no more sorrow and pain in God’s everlasting dominion.
The redeemed soul feels good when it does good according to God’s law. When the saints give generously to others they in turn feel good. When you make someone happy it usually translates that you are happy as a result of the good deed. A sound conscience feels good eh? It feels good to give and help and love and cherish others in any given of ways. The redeemed soul finds pleasure in doing good for others. God takes pleasure in His people within this context. The creation is in harmony and fulfilling its purpose when we ALL feel good simultaneously. That is the celebration and rejoicing of the celestial angels of the Most High when a sinner repents. Every time one more sinner turns to his Maker in sincerity the universe that God created is getting closer to restoration. The creation groans for the redemption of the son’s of men. All things are indeed connected.
The enemy of our souls only exists to steal, kill and destroy. The main way the kingdom of darkness is promulgated is to have each person seek to feel good on their own terms thus violating heavenly and spiritual principles. Again this is where the motto “if it feels good do it” comes from. This is a self centered mindset that will produce the extreme opposite of what is pursued. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh. Feeling good should not come at the expense of adhering to reality. It should not be artificially induced which causes more harm in the long term. I am thinking that at present we should be training to feel good like an athlete. The exercise may be laborious, and result in some stiff and sore muscles for a while. Eventually there are benefits to be reaped in due time like strength and stamina. Be diligent to enter that rest, and then we can be satisfied with the fruit of our labor. Joy comes in the morning.
At every age and every stage of the human experience it is natural to want and pursue happiness. Even in old age and fading health one looks for relief to just feel a little bit better. Hell is the very essence of what is contrary to living beings. That being isolation and perpetual pain. The human experience that The Creator makes is that of ample and wide opportunities to enjoy and interact with our environment. The earth is full of His goodness. There is grand beauty and majesty found throughout the wild places of God’s earth that represent a glimpse of the character of its Creator. We have such amazing places that we may visit on the earth to observe and absorb its essence. God is Love.
In our fallen state we twist and complicate the pure and simple ways to peace and joy. The world system fueled by the evil one is a tangled web of lies that vainly promise fulfillment. The great thinker King Solomon wrote “What profit has a worker in that which he labors? He has made everything beautiful in its time. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives. And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor- it is the gift of God.” I couldn’t agree with this more. “Unless the Lord builds the house they labor in vain who build it. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.” This is not quite the “American Way” is it?
We go against what is natural when we strive for mere appearances. The imposing standard of contemporary society attempts to dictated; what I look like; what I wear, what material possessions I have etc. I rather be comfortable and free than accepted by the main stream at the cost of being bound to all kinds of unnatural requirements. Why do I wear what I wear? Is it for mere fashion more than comfort and function? The whole concept of suits, ties, and stiff shoes, high heels; tight inflexible cloth must come from hell. So many unnecessary restrictions are self imposed and meaningless. A better way to live is to “Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” This principle if lived by would eliminate a lot of waste and excess in our lives. A wise man wrote “I have learned to be abased and abound, in all things I have learned to be content.” Freedom is a state of soul. The religious crowd (commonly quite mindless though professing to be reasonable) often says you cannot go by feelings. The same wise man afore mentioned (Apostle Paul) said “If haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.” By God’s grace if we are right in His sight we can proclaim along with that ole negro spiritual “I Feel Good”. How are you feeling this decade?