Happy Thursday to you!
Life will present you with many choices that are pleasing to the senses. You may find a home on the market that is gorgeous, but the asking price is astronomical in comparison to your budget. You may peruse your favorite style magazine and come across a pair of shoes that costs more than your monthly income. Certainly, you can think of a moment where you made a choice based on temptation, forgoing wisdom or reason. Some people will blame their pleasure seeking behavior on human nature. Others claim that hedonism confirms that humans are merely intellectual animals. Rather than philosophize on why we do the things that we do, I want you to view this issue from a different point of view.
For those of you who believe in God, you know that many of the things that bring us pleasure are displeasing to God. When we give into temptation, we deliberately choose to honor ourselves and disgrace our Creator. In addition, when we become slaves to pleasure we show a tremendous lack of trust in God. More than anything we can desire for ourselves, God wants the best for us. Our plans for our lives are worthless in comparison to the greatness of God’s plans. That handbag you saw in the magazine may be enticing but it can never bring you a lasting sense of happiness. You may be able to finance that home on the market; afterwards, you will spend years in debt trying to keep up with the Joneses. Why not trust God for better? Why not trust God for the best?
If you have a need today, trust God to provide. Don’t scheme and contemplate ways to get the things that you want. Always seek God first. If He wants you to have that desire, He will align your resources and your opportunities to make it your reality. If God does not want you to have that desire, stop forcing its manifestation. Allow yourself to be content and at peace knowing that greater is coming. Until next time…