“God’s grace is manifest in not letting us be content with anything but Him. Every hollow feeling in the heart is a catalyst to drive us to Him.” -Paul Washer
Today a fellow blogger, Ruth at GraceLaced, began her post with the above quote. It rattled my insides. She challenged her readers where to run when the going gets tough, and I realized that this was actually at the foundation of every New Year's Resolution I made this year. Run to God!
There are two different locations I found myself consistently running over the course of the last year or two, that were not the Lord. The first was to sweets (around 2pm every afternoon) and the second was to social media (all day long.) And so I decided to forego a Resolution and start a Revolution in 2013. Why? Because I was not satisfied! Taking it a step further, everything else ultimately led to Sorrow.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”
As for the saints who are in the earth,
They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied...
We've the choice: to receive God's delight or to receive sorrow. The equation is simple (albeit not always easy!) And the solution? Run to God! I said that I have abandoned the term resolution this year for Revolution, likewise, I don't want to Resolve I want to Revolt! But that requires me to first Repent.
"In Thy Presence is the fullness of Joy, Lord, I am sorry for turning to solitude. In Thy right hand are pleasures forever, I turn from the sugary snacks that bounce me back for only a short time before I look for something else to lift me up again. You are my support, I turn back from the lifting I try to find in relationships with others on Facebook or through texting. You are my counselor, I run from other counselors and straight to your Word this year!" Amen
Repent, Revolt, Resolve!
Between the study of God's Word we are doing at church and John Piper's book, "Don't Waste Your Life" I am astounded at the simplicity of this truth: My Happiness in the Lord is in proportion to my satisfaction in Him. When I run to other venues or fillers I am left wanting (sorrow) but in Him there is an abundance! In Him there is Satisfaction, Delight, and Joy. In Him is where I want to be!
I thought I'd share with you the two main ways I am curbing my natural fleshly tendencies to run to other things (gods) for fulfillment.
1) I have resolved to not get online each day until I have had a rich and fulfilling time with the Lord. If life gets started with the children super early and leaves me without a quiet morning time with Him, than I don't try to fit in moments connecting with others. This is very difficult, but it is a constant reminder for me that only His Presence truly satisfies. He is Preeminent and I want to honor Him as such in my life.
2) I've resolved to take all sweets out of my diet for 40 days. This includes all breads and other carbs that turn to sugar in the body. It's basically the Atkins diet. I'm on day 10 today: My energy is up and my moods are much more stable. I don't have a scale, so I've no idea what it's doing to those pounds, but who cares! I feel great.
When I look back over my life in the years to come I want to see a deliberate and sudden change in the story displayed there - A revolution that began with just one person. Me. Me, running to Him. Me, foregoing the pull of hormones, culture, and sparkly things with which to satisfy myself.
I have no Good besides Thee...
The Nearness of God is my Good.
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