Who Do You Go To?

My husband doesn’t make a good god. In fact, neither do my children nor my job. Yet I still find myself looking to them to fill my needs.

Have you ever tried calling your best friend only to find out they don’t answer? Then you call your spouse; they don’t answer either. So you try calling your mom or dad, only to find them not answering as well.  You go down the mental list of your “go-to” people and none of them are available. What do you do then?

Sometimes when I’ve gone through the roadblock of not finding a human to talk to, I sit and stare off into space wondering what I’m going to do and who I’m going to talk to about my problem.  I start to panic and worry. I need help and I need my people!

Then, as I sit there in silence with no direction, I realize this wasn’t a coincidence. My people weren’t available because Jesus wanted me to come to Him.

I wish I could say that has only happened to me once and then I learned my lesson; that I go straight to God every time I need a friend. Sadly, I don’t. Sometimes I want a tangible person’s voice to hear. I pray God can help change that in me. It needs to become a habit. (Oh how vulnerable it feels to say it’s not always a habit. I’m cringing.)

First John 5:21 says “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” (NLT)

Going to my husband or children or coworkers instead of going to God can lead to idolatry.

Humans aren’t supposed to take the place of God.

“Before you pick up the phone, go to the throne” has been a powerful thought for me. Maybe it will be for you, too. How many times have you tried to talk it out only to realize you haven’t talked to God about it yet? How many decisions have you made without consulting God first? Or even at all? For me, it happens all too often.

We all fail at times. God just desperately wants us to come to Him first with our thoughts, worries, and plans, and He longs for a deep relationship with us. Let’s bring it all to Him.

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