Thursday, February 10, 2011
So today I have been experiencing an extreme longing for "the things of this world". I've been struggling with it all day because the last thing I want to be is someone who doesn't live what I know is true and even claim to believe. I made a list of the things I found myself "daydreaming" about...eating food I didn't make...shopping...having cute clothes/hair...vacation...movies...a clean/cozy house...a massage...watching The Office. To be honest I am embarrassed to admit this. I firmly believe that as Christians we have to resist finding our "happiness" and comfort in these kinds of things. I think it goes without saying that these things themselves are not evil but it is when we chase them for our filling and delight that they are a major problem. Just think of what this world values and seeks - we are so far off from the Truth. So it bothers me that I would even consider longing for these things when I KNOW and have experienced that Jesus is the only One who fills and the only One worth longing for. So I went to Him out of obedience. I didn't feel like it. I felt like eating 3 cookies and heading to the mall. But guess what I read...God loves me so much (and you too I hope you know!)...I read 1 Samuel 15:22, "What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams." So we can choose obedience even when we don't feel like it. God likes obedience a lot. And He is the Almighty Creator and he can change my heart if I ask him. I surely don't want to let Satan win this battle. So take a step back and even make a list - what am I longing for? Where am I finding my comfort? And PUT YOUR ARMOR ON!!! "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and Grace."