It’s 2:30 AM over here in Sydney, but so many exciting truths I have been rediscovering and it would be a shame not to share. The Lord never fails to refresh a discouraged soul, and in the midst of STUVAC, with the pressures of ministry, trying to meet people’s expectations, trying to meet your own ambitious goals, it seems like we make a lot of first world problems for ourselves. And time and time again, I cry out, “What is it I am doing wrong? What must I do to feel relief from the stress?”. And often I will find a temporary solution. Study harder, sleep less, do some exercise to make you feel good. I would run to countless idols for a temporary escape; breaking, mixing, Facebook, graffiti, skating… But these moments of self-triumph are fleeting, they do not last. And that is because they do not address the root of our problems. They do not address issues at home, issues with sin, lust, self-doubt, and most importantly, they are a distraction from man’s biggest issue: Our relationship with God.
This is for those of you who feel your relationship with God waning, for those unable to find complete satisfaction in God alone. Jeremiah teaches us a very simple but a most important lesson.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
– Jeremiah 29:18
We need to give ourselves completely to God ! If you just run a bit of a race and then give up, it would be better for us not to have wasted our energy in the first place. So I urge you, even with whatever you do, if we are going to do something, do it right, do it with all our heart. If we are just going to do a half-assed job then better us not do it at all! So let’s bring this faith to completion. Hunger for that relationship. Thirst for him and you will be filled. Seek first his kingdom and he will provide all other things.
I was reading this passage yesterday from Luke like 5 times and I had no idea what it meant.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ ”
– Luke 14:28
Jesus randomly pulls out this parable from his ass, but I realize now he is talking about exactly what Jeremiah has been teaching us! We need to go the whole hog, make every effort to go through that narrow door, no half jobs in this part of town.
So my challenge of the day is this: Are we able to be completely satisfied with God and him alone even when everything around us turns to shambles? Are we able to let God define our every being, or do we let our degrees, our talents, how high our marks are, define who we are? And why do we always worry about tomorrow, when there’s so much to be thankful for today!? People need to calm their tits! Just some things I have been thinking about. I was lying in bed one night and just shivering my ass off, complaining how cold it was, but I think about the homeless on the streets, and how small my suffering compares.
But hey anyways, let God bring you out of captivity. Seek him with everything you have, pour your heart out to him, come’on guys, let’s live a little! Because God is the one who sends rain for the drought, it is he who proclaims good news to the poor, he even raises the dead to life. WHAT! So let us be raised with him in every way, and you won’t be disappointed. Promise!