God wants more for us than we want for ourselves.
Which is awesome and terrifying all at the same time.
Our hearts are so broken and bent toward sin that if someone were to ask us what we want in life, our list would be pretty self-centered. My list contains things like happiness, fulfillment, healthy family and friends. I want to grow old with my first husband, and I want my kids to thrive.
These things might seem benign on the surface, but I know the real motives underneath – I want to avoid pain and maximize pleasure.
And so do you.
But God wants more for us than a good time. He wants us to live lives that matter. Comfy, cozy lives don’t accomplish much. Self-preservation seems right, and it is natural, but it misses the heart of God (Proverbs 16:25).
We’re all here for 2 reasons: to know God and to make Him known (Exodus 9:15-16). But our pursuit of pain-free living often prevents us from knowing God (and, thus, making Him known).
Because we find things that feel good and provide comfort, and we latch on to them for dear life, refusing to let them go.
(Note: this is called idolatry. I know, I know, too harsh. But true.)
We are born doing this. As newborns, we literally latch on to our mother’s, for nourishment, yes, but any mother can tell you, her baby hangs around well past meal time, suckling solely for the comfort. As we grow, this pattern of behavior continues, it just manifests differently.
When all our energy is focused on our comfort objects, we don’t have much time (or room in our hearts) to draw nearer to God. Problem.
But draw nearer we must. It’s the only way we can be fulfilled for any length of time, and it’s the only way we can fulfill our life purposes – to know Him and make Him known.
So God, lovingly, gently, and Fatherly-y (like a Father?), beckons us to find our comfort in Him.
Naturally, that doesn’t typically go over well with us. Our entire lives have been spent seeking and holding on to comfort objects that weren’t Him. To put them into their proper places – lower places than the Lord – is foreign and scary and hard and scary.
But He wants better for us than we want for ourselves. So He continues to encourage the process of loosening our grips on our chosen comforts that we might find our hands free to grab onto Him, the Ultimate Comfort.
I have a feeling the sooner
we I cooperate, the better it will be for all involved.
How about you?
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Great post. Enjoyed your observations.
Thanks for reading.
“A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” Henri J.M. Nouwen
“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” A.W. Tozer
”Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.” Peter Marshall
“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” — Anne Lamott
“No great work is ever done in a hurry. To develop a great scientific discovery, to paint a great picture, to write an immortal poem, to become a minister, or a famous general~~to do anything great requires time, patience, and perseverance.” W. J. Wilmont Buxton
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.” James 5:7
from a post on http://writingsistersblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/have-patience-need-patience
Marshall hit the nail on the head. And it’s no surprise Lamott speaks my language. And the Writing Sisters… I think they follow my blog. If so, I hope they enjoy seeing their thoughts acknowledged across the Internets.
Thanks for these.
Dear Kelley in JESUS, Thank you for this blessed message. Babu