No matter what stage of life you are in, there are always struggles. One of the biggest struggles in life that I want to talk about today is choosing God when it seems so much easier to choose other things. I have always struggled with choosing God first, so this has been really good for me to think about too. First, let’s talk about the world we live in.
We live in a world of instant gratification; high speed Internet, formulas on how to lose 20 pounds in 5 days, faster forms of transportation and communication, etc. If we have a question we can simply Google it and find out the answer in less than 20 seconds. The thought of waiting sounds miserable! We have become a society that is less and less patient because we can usually obtain things instantly. If someone doesn’t respond to a text message within 10 minutes they are definitely mad at us. We want to see instantly how much weight we are losing rather than creating a healthy lifestyle and just losing a couple of pounds over the course of a month. That’s just too slow.
So how does this translate to the struggle of choosing God when it’s just easier to choose other things? Because choosing God requires us to wait. When you choose Him he doesn’t always respond right away. That drives us CRAZY!!
I think the biggest struggle in choosing God first is when we are looking to be loved, when we are looking for something to satisfy us. How much easier is it to run to boys or our friends in those situations? They can text us back right away or call us. They can come over and give us hugs. They can tell us things that make us feel loved. They fill our emptiness and dismiss our loneliness. Temporarily. What happens when those people leave? Or move away? Or break up with us? We are left empty. Don’t hear me say that you shouldn’t text or call your friends or your boyfriend when you are sitting at home alone or are feeling sad. Friendship is a gift from God and He wants us to feel loved by our friends. It’s when we rely on these people for healing or to take our pain away that we are left empty and sometimes even more hurt.
We hate pain. We want to get rid of pain as soon as possible. I mean that makes sense… Who wants to feel pain? Probably no one. However, it is in our pain that we find God, that’s where He rests. We have to be willing to live in that pain so that we can experience God. Don’t run from the pain inside you to things that will just momentarily numb you. Stay with your pain so that God can heal you forever. We have to trust that God will heal us.
Sisters, wait for the Lord. He so deeply desires to be your healer, your comforter, your protector, your provider. Don’t run to sex, or alcohol, or obsessing over your weight, your job, or your boyfriend. Those things may satisfy you for a moment, but God wants to love you forever. Run to Him.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”