It is easy to get caught up in what we think is best or the desire for more, bigger, and better. There is nothing wrong with drive and initiative, in fact, it is necessary and God wants us to strive to be the best we can be.
However, with ads every.where saying ‘this is the best new thing’ and ‘you’re somebody if you have this’ sure make us feel like we’re missing out if we don’t have it. Same even when it’s not materialistic. I mean romance novels/movies can make you feel like your relationship is missing something just as easily.
I believe that my husband and I are both ‘go-getters’. We work hard and we dream hard. There are many times that I have to stop and focus on what direction the Lord is taking me and not try to understand it or take it in all on my own. This can be difficult to do when it is a tough situation and it can make me become doubtful. Doubt results in the feeling of loneliness or exhaustion, misunderstood or even judged.
If we fall into this trap, we may slowly begin to allow distractions to sneak in that make us feel good in the moment but ultimately still leave us feeling hopeless. When facing tough situations, we need to search for encouragement in ways like reading our Bible, search topics related positivity, reach out to a friend, and of course pray. These things bring peace and contentment that Christ promises us that we have in Him.
If we are getting caught up in the desires of the world, or worries of the world, we can’t produce the godliness that we are instructed to gain. We must be aware of what we surround ourselves with and continually feed ourselves with the Word and His promises.
Luke 8:14 says “Now the ones that fell among the thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”
The parables, also mentioned in Matthew 13 and Mark 4, were Jesus’ way of teaching spiritual truths to help one to be able to guard against false teachings and earthly worries and doubts. He wanted to make them spiritually mature so that one may be able to stand firm in the Truth and cling to His promises.
Luke 8:11-15 reads “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”
Often, I can get caught up in those distractions. Comparison. Entitlement. Even just day to day living in raising a family. I often forget that my main purpose in life is to serve God. Sometimes, when I am feeling that void or missing piece, I try to fill it with worldly objects, plans and/or selfish desires when really – the only way to fill it is to get back in balance with my purpose. Dig into His Word and fill my soul with His goodness.
1 Timothy 6:6-7 says, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
He continues into falling for the riches of the world, money is the root of all evil and causes many sorrows. And then he encourages us with verses 11 & 12, “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
We are not to worry about the things of the world, they are not ours to begin with nor will be they be ours come the last day before judgement. Contentment isn’t going to come from anything we search for here on earth. Peace isn’t going to be found by filling our voids or unhappiness with earthy desires. We have to have a content heart, found only in Christ alone. It is found in our attitude toward what we have, where we are and whose we are. It begins with a heart of gratitude, a giving spirit, and trusting in God.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverb 3:5
The peace that only Christ can give voids the necessity to have to understand the situation and allows us to trust in His plan. This peace guards our hearts and minds from doubt, loneliness, and hopelessness… if only we are actively feeding ourselves with His Word.
“Let your hearts not be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1 and vs 27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
When I look back at situations I have been in, I can see that God’s plan is, has always been, and always will be better than any plan I could have had on my own. I am reminded that my purpose is to serve God and when I am in His Word, it gives me strength, offers me peace and most importantly, fills me with contentment.
Do you get distracted with selfish desires or get off balance with discontentment? Share with me some of your favorite Bible verse that remind you to stay on track.