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A Challenging Question

Today I am asking a simple question:

“Is God the first one you turn to, or your last resort?”

I’ll be honest, many times when a problem has reared it’s ugly head, I’ve tried to solve it myself first, then turned to my husband for help, then turn to someone/something else and finally when none of that works/ makes me feel any better…I’ll turn to God. I read somewhere today that:

“the only reason we fail to pray is because we’ve made an idol out of self… it’s my own inflated sense of self-importance, the elevation of my work, my agenda, that keeps me from prayer… that’s called idol worship… I don’t pray enough because I’m [too busy] practicing idol worship.”

Well, that was a slap in the face. But so true. It breaks God’s heart that so many people (myself included) would essentially turn to idol worship first, making God a last resort instead of taking a few minutes to place Him in the driver’s seat, and to hand Him the keys once again. So think about this question and what it may mean needs to change in your life:

“Is God the first one you turn to, or your last resort?”

Captivated

‘Cast off your burdens and be captivated by Him’

God loves it when we throw off everything that’s worrying us, the anxieties and stress of everyday life and just look at Him. My natural tendency when I pray is to start with a little ‘thank you’ and then launch into a sob story good enough to get me on the X-Factor about how miserable and pressurised my life is; finances this and work that. While it is totally acceptable to cry out to God for help and to reach out to Him when scared or troubled, I am often reminded of how wonderful it is to ‘cast my burdens’ onto Jesus and just be captivated by Him. To spend time with the One who knows me better than I know myself, who knows my thoughts before I think them and my emotions before I feel them. To be still before God. It’s a wonderful thing, and it calms me down. Yes the hardships are still there, and yes the money still isn’t there, but somehow it all pales in comparison to the wonder of God. Somehow focussing on the One who can solve the problems instead of the problems themselves, helps put things in perspective a bit. We’re not living for the things of this world. We’re not cruising down the road of life for our own pleasure and with no purpose at all. No! There’s a greater calling, a higher purpose. And that is to bring glory to God. So funnily enough, my problems a) don’t seem so important anymore and b) don’t seem so impossible to solve anymore. My God is big, and I am captivated.

 

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