It is 5:30 PM. You worked through lunch so you are starving, the traffic is terrible tonight and it is raining. Your intentions were to stop by the grocery store on your way home and pick up a few things to cook for dinner. Lately, you have been feeling pretty convicted about not eating healthy…but now it is pouring and you are about ready to trade your birthright for some dinner! (A little Biblical humor for you!) So what do you do? Find the nearest drive thru, order a large everything and then drive home feeling physically comforted, yet guilty. You had good intentions, but they fell apart…again.
Does this scenario sound way too familiar to you? Do your intentions and your outcomes end up being totally different all of the time? Keep reading because you are not alone, sister!
God Is Our Ultimate Source Of Comfort
For the last two weeks, we have been talking about comfort. First, we discussed that God has to be our comfort source. We can not provide our own comfort and still want Him to comfort us too. You can find the full article here.
Next, we talked about the price of earthly comfort and how it will not fill us. The story of the woman at the well was a perfect example of this truth. You can find the full article here.
Today, we are going to talk about God as our ultimate source of comfort and how to tap into that. I believe that it can be summed up in one word:
We have got to be intentional about making God our comfort source in all situations. Let’s go back to the first paragraph of this post. There were good intentions to eat healthy, but when life started throwing kinks in the gears, good intentions did not stand a chance. Survival mode kicked in and with it came the exact things we were trying to stay away from. We needed comfort immediately, so we had to run to what we did not want in order to get it.
Earlier this fall, I signed up to participate in a pretty tough prayer challenge. It was unlike anything that I had ever done before and I learned a whole new side of myself. I had good intentions throughout the process, yet I was constantly falling short of going through with them. My plan was a good one, but my heart was not submissive to it. I learned two things from the whole experience:
- To only have good intentions and never follow through with them is procrastination
- True comfort from following Godly intents requires organization
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8 NKJ
Yikes! That’s a scary verse! You and I want to experience God’s comfort. We want to feel His presence, bask in His blessings and draw our strength from Him in our time of need. Notice, I said “We want”. However, when the chips are down, do we really turn to God? Or do we freak out, have a good cry, raid our Reese Cup stash and text an old boyfriend? Our intentions are good ones, but our actions take us in a different direction making us double-minded.
Practical Ways To Make Your Intentions A Reality
Girlfriend, I have got to tell you that this lesson hits close to home for me. I have so much to learn regarding this. I do not want to stand before Jesus one day and say, “But my intentions were good and my heart was in the right place.” We must be doers of the Word and not just hearers only. God instructs us to read, pray, reach out, witness and find our strength and comfort in Him. If we are aware of those commands, then we are responsible to obey them.
“But be doers of the Word and not just hearers only, deceiving yourself.” James 1:22
So how do we put feet on our good intentions and make them walk?
Get Adequate Rest– When we are sleepy, we are so much more likely to be tempted by earthly comfort rather than God’s and we are much less likely to follow through with our plans and goals. Remember, we are dealing with a real enemy, Satan. God instructs us to put on the whole armor and no soldier needs to go into battle tired and foggy headed. Psalm 23:2 says “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.” Not He suggests! God expects us to properly care for our bodies in order to be at our best for Him.
Clear Your Schedule– It is impossible to focus on God’s Word and our prayer time when we have twenty responsibilities and obligations running through our minds. We will either spend our entire quiet time being distracted and feeling guilty for not getting our stuff done or we will just give up on our quiet time and go tackle our to do list. A busy schedule will pull us away from our good intentions every time and that is exactly what Satan wants. At the end of the day we find ourselves exhausted, frustrated and lonely. Sister, life does not have to play out that way for you. I believe Newt Gingrich captured this point best when he said “Do not let the urgent take priority over the important.” What is more important than our relationship with God?
Stay Away From Drama– Girlfriend, this point should have been number one! Drama is like a vacuum cleaner hose sucking up a table cloth. It just keeps pulling you in a little more and a little more. Talk about the ultimate love/hate relationship. You want to get away from it but you just can’t look away. Yes, I’ve been there too! If you and I want to turn our good intentions of seeking God and His comfort into actions, we have got to make room for Him. Drama is loud, whereas the Holy Spirit speaks softly. Drama demands attention yet Jesus knocks and waits for us to open the door. I truly believe that there is only so much space in our thinking every day so we should be very protective of that space and only yield it to what’s important.
These are just a few suggestions, but you know what is best for you. You know what alterations are needed in your life so that you can follow through on your good intentions and submit yourself to God’s comfort rather than the what the world has to offer. Do not get frustrated or think that the Christian life is impossible for you to live. Nothing is further from the truth! Talk to God and pour your heart out. Tell Him what your struggles are and where you keep getting stuck. Stand back and allow Him to realign your focus and your day to day living. You do not have to submit to the scenario at the beginning of this post because as a child of God, your life belongs to God Almighty and He will comfort you!
He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NKJ
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