The End of Ourselves
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Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
-2 Corinthians 1:9
Did you have a favorite stuffed animal that you slept with when you were younger? I had these two waffle textured bears, that I cleverly named One Baby and Two Baby. Creative, huh?
My dad still has these bears, even though they’re completely worn down. I turned to them anytime I needed comfort. I remember holding onto them when the world seemed painful and I needed to feel safe.
As I got older and my worries got bigger, the bears got put away; I tried to find other things that could comfort me.
Whether it was another person, unhealthy habits, or materials. I sought after things that I could cling onto. And these things would work, for a short period of time. They could fix the immediate pain that I was feeling. But just like a cheap bandaid, the wound still lies underneath. If you don’t treat the bigger issue, then it won’t heal, and you will continue to hurt.
There are some seasons in life where it seems like the storms don’t end. I feel continuously beaten down by the circumstances and it gets to a point where I feel like I can’t stand anymore. Whatever I use as a bandaid quickly fails me. And for a moment I think that I might as well be dead, I am so tired of trying.
But then Jesus speaks up and reminds me that I was dead, but I am not anymore because He died for me. And because He died for me, I am made alive through Him. Then He points out that I am not doing this alone. I don’t have to rely on these worldly things, because I have something far greater. I have Him.
Life can be exhausting and there are times when we feel like giving up. In these moments, we need to remind ourselves that the Creator of everything loves us and wants to take care of us.
Sometimes people say that the Lord doesn’t give us things we can’t handle. That’s not true. There are many things that we can’t handle. The good news is that the Lord can. And so He asks us to give Him our struggles and hurt. I am not going to lie to you; there are still times when I feel like I could really use a stuffed animal to hold onto. However, it’s not what makes me feel safe anymore; that’s God.
1. Is there anything in your life that you are using as a bandaid to cover deeper issues? After acknowledging them, how can you turn to the Lord to help you with those deeper issues?
2. Can you think of a stormy time in your life where God guided you through it? Reflect on this period of your life and thank God for helping you through it.
Lord, living in this broken world can come with a lot of pain. But I am so thankful that I do not have to go through any of it alone. I am blessed to have You as a Father who guides me through the Storms. I pray that even through the hard times I worship you well, Amen.
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