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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Comforts of This World

Why do we always choose to go to other things before going to God? Anytime we're stressed, depressed, angry, overwhelmed, etc we immediatly go to what brings us comfort.


And these are just examples of the ones we go to before going to God. For others it may be other things. We live for time off. For the weekend. For vacations. For rest and relaxation. For peace.
How come we can't be content?!!?

"Sometimes we can be so busy looking for what is missing in our lives that we miss WHO is busily present in our lives!"

We are constantly looking towards the future as something that will fix our problems.
Maybe when we have more money...
Maybe when we get a new job...
Maybe when we have kids...
Maybe when we move overseas...

Isn't God the one who fixes our problems? Isn't God the ultimate comforter??

We fallen into the lie that our weakness can trump God's strength.
We may not consciously say this, but we live in a way that says we can comfort ourselves. That we can fix our own problems. This is a weakness not a strength.
When we do this, we become stressed, depressed, angry, overwelmed and all those things that we were trying to fix in the first place!! Weakness doesn't produce results.

We all have weaknesses and they can mess us up. But they can't mess God up. His plan and purpose is going to be fulfilled. Does that mean we can use God's sovereignty and strength as an excuse for our unfaithfulness and weakness?

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Romans 6:1-2
As we've seen before, weakness does not produce results. Let us refrase doesn't produce GOOD results. It produces the same or worse results. Sin creates more sin. Only Christ conquered sin, therefore we must look to HIM before looking anywhere else!
There is purpose in where God has you.
He is using this time of waiting to build you into what your future demands you to be. It is divinely ordained!
We can't simply skip a chapter, hoping to arrive at the great pleasure God has in store for us. We will only experience failure because we are unprepared.
When a baby is born, can it simply skip learning to walk and talk and go straight into a multi million dollar career? We are like babies learning to walk and talk. God is teaching us things today that will build us into the people He has designed us to be.
Enjoy the ride. We may never discover what God's purpose for our lives is until the day we arrive in heaven. Maybe that is what we are longing for. Heaven. Ultimate peace, relaxation, and rest....sound familar?
So lets not look for those comforts in earthly things, let us fix our eyes on the Kingdom of Heaven.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18