1 Peter 5:10, “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
When you find yourself in one of those seasons of life when you feel overwhelmed with it all, what do you do? What is your “escape”? All of the anxiety, or heartache, attacks of the devil, or fear, or illness, financial struggles, or whatever other storms that has run you over has left you looking for a way of escape. What do you do?
Too often we want to find things that even if for a moment, we can escape the situation even though we know there’s just no way to actually escape this storm. It may be something as simple as sitting on your phone playing mindless games, or getting on social media and soaking up everything that is going on in other people’s lives, or pouring out on there what is going on in your own (I would really discourage you from that unless it is a support page meant for that), Sometimes we all need a break, but make sure that whatever it is that becomes “your break from it all” doesn’t become your life. Don’t allow that thing to become your comfort or your “go-to” for everything that comes your way. We all want to be comfortable in life, but the lessons we learn tend to be in those things that make us uncomfortable. God isn’t looking for you to always try to escape, He is looking for you to seek Him. He wants to be your comfort and He wants to grow you into all He created you to be. If you grab onto whatever it is you feel you need to escape, then how will you ever learn to depend on Him and follow Him? I have played those mindless games on my phone before and low and behold all of a sudden you realize you just spent an hour sitting there and now you can’t make it to the post office before they close or something else you needed to do. Worse yet, you missed out on your time alone with Him and there were things He wanted to show you in His Word that would comfort, strengthen and guide you through all that you are facing. It’s time to learn to embrace Him through all that you face in life until He takes you home.
So, what is your escape? I remember a commercial back in the day for Calgon “Bubble” Baths. The woman was so overwhelmed with the traffic, work, the baby, the dog and she said, “Calgon, take me away!” As good as that sounds, and there are times for that, so don’t think I am saying that you have to dig in 24/7 and never take a break, that doesn’t change what you are facing. Breaks are necessary in order to be refreshed and clear your mind, so please don’t go so far that you feel you should never have a break, you will lose your mind! Take the necessary time for you so you can allow God to clear your mind and heal your heart and strengthen you but don’t allow that “vice” to become your life and what consumes you. Allow God to consume you so He can give you all that you need. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break, but the break cannot be what consumes you, there needs to be a balance.
Sometimes it is good to find a Godly person to talk things through so you can have perspective and get the reassurance that God is there and He is walking with you. Don’t get into the habit of talking to absolutely everyone though because not everyone is in a place in their walk with God to keep you on the right track. Your answers will be found in God and God alone so ask Him if there’s a godly person that you can talk with. There are times when He may be calling you to take that time and spend it in His Word, talking with Him, and there are times when He will give you that Godly person to talk with too, but His answer is to always seek Him first! Get into a good Bible Study! If your church isn’t doing one you can find them on lifeway.com. You can do them online with videos where all you have to do is order the book and watch the weekly videos online, or see if your church can afford to buy one so you can join other people for the study as well. Do something where your focus is pouring yourself into Him. Embrace Him, not your vice, or other people, or an addiction. Ask Him what you need to learn, and how He can use all that you are going through to serve Him.
So, let’s read this verse again because it’s so full of all you need for whatever life brings you: “And the God of all grace…” ~ He will give you the grace you need for today to face whatever you are facing. “Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus” ~ He called YOU to Him, He loves you so much! “After you have suffered a little while,” ~ It may seem like it’s taking an eternity, but He has a plan! “Will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” ~ If you seek Him and you rely on Him instead of any vice or other person, and you spend time in His Word learning more about Him and His plan for your life you can count on this promise, that He Himself will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast! He sees, He cares and He knows more about what is going on than you do so trust Him with it and embrace Him, and nothing else so you can learn all that He is trying to teach you. Embrace Him and His promises. He is faithful and He loves you! He wants to help you become all He created you to be, but that will take your spending time with Him. So I would like to encourage you today that instead of looking for an escape, Press In ~ Embrace Him ~ and Push Through to the other side of it all so you will look more like Him on the other side. Don’t neglect your time alone with The Lord regardless of where you are ~ mountaintop or valley, you need to seek Him with all your heart. Allow Him and His Word to become your escape from it all and in there you will find that truly His best is yet to come!
Quote: “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” ~ James Allen, ‘As A Man Thinketh’