Grace For The Journey
What have you been clinging too lately? Where in your life are you currently investing your time, talent, and treasure? What you do with these three “T’s” reveals a great deal about what’s most important to you. Jonah spoke powerfully to this issue: “Those who regard (cling to) worthless idols forsake (forfeit) the mercy that could be theirs.” (Jonah 2:8).
When we cling to anything other than God, we are clutching what is absolutely worthless in light of eternity. Sure, the physical things of this life might promise to meet you in your place of need, but in the end, they are never able to deliver on their promises.
- Did that new car really give you more confidence in life?
- Did that bigger house really bring you greater happiness?
- Did that better job really provide you a deeper sense of significance?
- Did cosmetic surgery really manufacture greater self-worth?
I could easily compile a long list of the vacuous promises dangled before us by the world . . . but they cannot and do not deliver, because God never designed the physical world to do for us what only He can do.
A restless heart will never find contentment in anything other than God. The Bible says in Psalm 33:15 and 21 that God “fashions” our hearts and that we find real “joy” only in Him. Nothing in the created world is big enough to satisfy our deepest desires and redeem us from our discontent. As the wise preacher said in the book of Ecclesiastes, everything under the sun – that is, everything in the created order – is all vanity, a chasing after the wind. The world offers nothing that truly satisfies; clinging to created things is enslaving. They capture our attention, rule our hearts, and shape our lives. What was once a list of wants morphs into a list of insatiable needs that drive us to the conclusion that we simply cannot live without them.
And what we believe we cannot live without we will do anything to get. We will compromise our values. We will cut corners. We will shade the truth. We will love things and use people. We become slaves to the stuff of this world, seeking to find life in things that can only deliver death.
So . . . have you been clinging to any “worthless idols” lately?
Clinging to the Creator is freeing. He is the only relationship where we can find what we need and where we actually need what we find. God is gracious to leave us wanting when we are clinging to created things, because that emptiness will eventually drive us back to the only place where we can find meaning and purpose: in Jesus Christ! If God allowed the stuff of this world to satisfy us, we would only grow into a fraction of the people He has saved us to be. But God loves us too much to let anything other than Christ fill the God-sized void that is inside of all of us.
Remember, clinging to the Creator or created things is always a choice, and the choice is always ours. We can seek after and cling to all the things we think will make us happy and won’t . . . or we can seek after and cling to the only One who will: the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”