The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply…
Well that’s pretty blunt.
In a time when we seek clarity and understanding in every single thing that happens on this planet, you would think that the Word of God would be regarded with far more appreciation and respect. Sadly, that’s not the case.
We kick and scream and whine and throw temper tantrums when we can’t figure someone out – what their intentions are, what their ambitions are, who they are overall. We want to see everything clearly. We hate confusion. While we often claim to enjoy the mysteries surrounding a person, we eventually get tired of investigating. We get frustrated and annoyed and fed up when we can’t understand something or know someone completely.
Take, for example, a typical guy-girl situation. You know, when you’re not “dating,” per se, but you’re “talking.” It’s all rainbows and butterflies at first…but then it’s “What does he mean by that” and “Geez, what does she want from me” and “I wish he would tell me how he really feels” and “Why can’t she just say what she means” …and on and on and on. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not using this as my “venting space” or trying to be cynical here. We’ve all been in this situation. Don’t even try to deny it because you KNOW it’s true. And that’s okay. We’re human. And love is something we naturally desire. But anyways…
When we’re in that “talking” phase (or even that “dating” or “married” phase), we demand clarity from one another and we despise even the slightest obscurities. This is normal and human. While we may have to work to figure out everything else in this world, there is one thing that is crystal clear. The Word of God.
….y’all are all rolling your eyes as you read this. I just know it…but before you write this off, just hang with me for a bit. All the answers to life can be found in the Bible. We swear that God just dropped us here with some archaic words and no direction – as if we are merely here for His entertainment. But that’s the complete opposite of the Truth. He gave us this life for a purpose. And He sent us here with a cheat-sheet for passing this crazy test called Life.
Now, I’m not saying that every single sentence in the Bible is easy to understand. What I am saying, however is that any question we have, any situation we face, any decision we make, can be guided by the Words He has given us. The Bible may not say, “Telling your parents that you’re in your dorm when you’re really miles away in another city is wrong and sinful.” But the Bible does tell us that lying is a sin and a behavior we must not engage in if we are to be called His children.
The world tells us that the Bible is antiquated and not applicable to current times, but that’s not true. That’s Satan trying to get us to justify our actions and deem ourselves holy and righteous and above reproach. That’s Satan trying to persuade us that we are greater than God, wiser than God, stronger than God, and completely capable of making it through this life without God. It’s pure fallacy.
The Bible is timeless. It isn’t subject to the “changing of the times” or the culture of society. It stands alone. Holy and True. No other book travels across lifespans. No other book unlocks the secrets and mysteries of this life.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
How can something living and active be deemed obsolete? It can’t, by definition.
When we take the time to read and study the Word of God, it becomes easier to understand. We don’t have to struggle to figure out what God really means by a phrase – it is what it is. In our interactions with one another, we sometimes make it difficult for people to “read” us or know us. But God doesn’t do that. He desires that we know Him completely. He wants us to know His every desire, He wants us to know what’s most important to Him, He wants us to know what grieves His Spirit, He wants us to know how we can make Him smile, He wants us to know every beat of His heart. He knows all of those things and SO much more about each of us. And He knows He’s not incredibly easy to understand…that’s why He gave us His Word. Because it describes Him so plainly that even we can understand.
The Bible is really blunt in some places and a little less-than-blunt in others. But when we put in time to study His Word and know His heart, we are blessed with understanding and direction. If you really want to know if something is right or wrong in the eyes of the Lord, if you really want to know what to do in any given situation, take it to the Lord in prayer and study His Word.
Then read the Word and put to test the things you’ve heard
Until your heart and soul are stirred and rocked and broken
Clear the Stage | Jimmy Needham
And while we’re at it, let’s go ahead and check out that verse again.
The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply…
He longs for us to long for Him. When we give priority to anything else in this life, we do the opposite of that. We grieve His Spirit to no end. We break His heart in the most cruel of ways. You know that guy that breaks up with his girlfriend/fiancé right before Valentine’s or Christmas? Yeah. Cruel. It’s like that but a million, trillion, gazillion times worse.
We get ONE great Love in this life. ONE amazing, crazy, passionate, explosive, life-changing, life-shaking Love. Life is our ONE chance at obtaining this. And it’s freely sitting before us. Waiting on us. Patiently waiting. Enduring all kinds of pain and torment for us.
That ONE great Love is the Lord Jesus. He died on the Cross for our sins. The Father willingly gave His only Son for our sake. He gave His only Son, who had never in all His life done any wrong. He gave His only Son, who had never hurt Him, never grieved His Spirit. He gave up Perfection in order to gain the most imperfect and apathetic souls to ever exist. The Father traded His perfect Son, who had never pained His heart, for US. In all our filth and selfishness and resentment towards Him. And the Son willingly, endured the Cross for us. He went into this with full knowledge of what was to occur – He knew He would be unjustly punished and forsaken by His Father so that WE could have life.
Putting anything or anyone before this great Love is just…unimaginable. And yet, is that not what we do, day-in and day-out? It’s not even just one thing we place before the Lord. It’s several. And endless list of things that we must accomplish and take care of before we give a second thought to the Lord.
We get ONE great Love in this life. And it’s not your current/future spouse. It’s not your high school sweetheart. It’s not your girlfriend or middle school crush. It’s your Redeemer. He who saved you when you were lost; He who comforts you when you are broken.
The sorrows of those who run after another god will surely multiply.
But the joy, love, and blessings of those who pursue the Lord will be infinite.