We live in a world where everything is instant, fast and easy. On Demand TV, music, movies and even groceries through apps like Instacart (which I LOVE), can be delivered at the touch of a button. Who would've thought years ago, you could even find dates online at the touch of a button? Ah...groceries, pay your bills, check home security and find love, all through the rectangle digital device we seem to carry in our hands throughout our day. As Christians, how do we set healthy boundaries and expectations for all of these "distractions" in the digital age? I can't help but see many of the things out there as distractions. With all of us used to things when we want, how we want...do we sometimes do that with God as well? I could use the term my pastor recently stated, we want an 'On Demand God'. In tough moments, we are all victim to questioning the Almighty and His timing when everything just seems out of control.
God, why aren't you answering my prayer now? Why did you just let that happen when I have so many other things going on? Don't you love me? What did I do to deserve this right now?
No matter what your struggle is, there is truth that we all have pain for purpose. If everything was going our way at all times, would we seek to truly know and walk with God? Would we seek to look outward and uncover his teachings to apply to our life?
The reality is...through the storms of life we will all face, it is an opportunity to grow a stronger intimacy with God. He desires our devotion and affection in those moments, not a hardened heart. But it is important to understand this: with God on our side, we are not immune from the storms of life.
It just means you will navigate them differently. Understanding that if things do not go how you want them to, you are trusting He has a greater plan for you and does love you. You know what comes before having faith? Having uncertainty and fears. Its okay to have those feelings, but that is why walking with Christ is so freeing, because you choose faith. Faith to not rely on your own strength or "your own plan", but in His. Even the disciples dealt with moments of insecurity. You can find one example in a story written in Mark 4:30-40. They question Jesus during a storm and their safety, where Jesus replies, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
To me, this is one of the conflicts that lies in this broken world today. Imagine if you’ve ‘believed’ that you ‘can do it’, and you failed to successfully reach your goal… what would come out of that? The answer is everywhere you see: depression, sadness, broken relationships, anxiety, suicide, and most importantly, a decrease of faith in God.
There are many things that can be said about this, but here is a good verse to end on:
1 Corinthians 1:25, " This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength."
It is so easy to try and rely on your own strength or your own plan. Fight that and fight it hard.