Do you turn to excessive spending habits, eating, recreational activities, relationships, or anything other than God to meet your emotional needs or to bring fulfillment and purpose to your life? What is the root cause of this? Why are these habits so detrimental to you and to others? I believe there are many hurting people who are crying out for help and looking for answers for their lives. They want to see a difference in the lives of believers, but Christians are often just as discouraged and defeated as they are.
We, as Christians, believe that being addicted to street drugs, pornography or alcohol is unhealthy and morally wrong. However, we Christians turn to morally accepted things like food, excessive spending habits, recreation, prescription drugs, etc. to cover our pain. It is wrong for us to condemn the non believers when we struggle with the same root issue. Why do we turn to these things? Both of us are simply trying to drown our pain and are looking for significance and fulfillment in our lives. Do we think we will be able to find emotional healing or purpose in anything other than the Lord? Do others see God’s grace when God isn’t enough? Does it bring glory to Him? There should be a big difference between the way we face our difficulties and loss and the way non believers respond to their pain and loss. Is your Heavenly Father sufficient to meet your needs and provide enough grace so you don’t need to depend on anything or anyone other than HIMSELF?
I have had to examine my own heart and determine why I find it so easy to turn to food, recreation, relationships, or spending money to lift my spirits when I am feeling discouraged. When God isn’t “big enough” to satisfy my emotional needs, then it’s understandable why others aren’t drawn to Him.
In my blog last week, (“How Big is Your God?”) I shared an incident that we had with our son, Austin. We had no idea that our mountain was going to continue to get much bigger. As we are now on our journey of grief, we have experienced more grace than was needed previously. Although we still continue to shed tears and daily face the harsh reality of missing Austin, our message is that God is still good! God has given us a platform on which to stand and proclaim that HE IS BIGGER and HE IS ABLE! We still struggle and grieve, but we are also able to walk in His grace. We are excited about our future because of the hope of eternity. Some sweet day, we will again be reunited with our dear son and brother. What a glorious day that will be!
If we choose to reject the grace that God is offering to us, we would find ourselves looking for something else to help us survive our deep pain and loss. We have found that God’s grace is enough and we don’t need to rely on anti depression medication, food addictions, or anything other than God to carry us through this grieving time. It is not because we are such strong people. It’s because God has promised “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness..” (2 Cor. 12:9)
Have you faced a loss of any kind? Are you discouraged about a situation or circumstance? Are you turning to people, possessions, activities, or other substances instead of God? If so, it has become an idol to you because it has taken the place that rightfully belongs to God. He has created you with a “God shaped vacuum” that only He will ever be able to fill. The root cause of turning to other things is unbelief in God and in His sufficiency. You should be living by a much higher standard if you are God’s child. All you have to do is claim His grace. He is anxiously waiting to carry you through this time. God is enough!