“Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
How blessed are all those who long for Him.”
Over the past week I’ve been convicted about a few things. Not to get into the nitty-gritty details, but I’ve ended up going through our home with a fine toothed comb, looking for ways I could make it more pleasing to the Lord.
While plundering through stacks of papers and books and DVDs I’ve realized something. While I really do love the Lord, I’ve not really been longing for Him.
I’ve been unwilling to step out of my comfort zone.
I’ve sometimes even been unwilling to take the time to take a close look at the influences infiltrating our home.
I’ve still longed for the Lord, but not in the way I have in the past.
Somewhere along the line, I let my guard down. And I’m so very thankful that over the past two months God has orchestrated a series of events which lead me straight back to Him. It’s not like anything changed on the outside, but I realized I had grown complacent on the inside. Now, a longing for His holiness has replaced the feeling that good enough was well, good enough.
It’s really not. What God asks of us is pure obedience. And in light of all He has done for us, this isn’t too much to ask. In fact, it seems like to small of an offering in my meager opinion.
As moms, how often do we really take a look at our lives and ask if we truly are longing for Him? Or are we letting the day-to-day busy-ness of life take our eyes off of Jesus?
Sometimes our longings can become displaced. While it might seem like we are longing for good things, anything outside of Christ just won’t fit the bill. I’ve longed for a cleaner home, obedient children, financial freedom, and a blessed life. But in doing so, I’ve taken my eyes off of the true prize of living a godly life powered by the Lord’s grace.
When we move our longings to what doesn’t matter, in actuality, we risk losing it all. Our longings should be focused on the Lord…it is then that everything else in our lives will fall into place.
If you’re longing for anything in your life is overshadowing your longing for the Lord, may I gently suggest that you take a look at your heart? Nothing will fill the gap which only Jesus is meant to fill. Our children won’t. Our husbands won’t. While these things are wonderfully good blessings from our Creator, they just can’t quite cut it. We will be left spinning our wheels, wondering where we went wrong.
My heart is filled with hope when I read the above verse. How blessed are all those who long for Him…what a beautiful promise from the Lord to us moms who need Him more than ever.
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