What are you seeking in life?
Really. It’s a crucial question. What is more important to you in life? Goodness or comfort?
Every other week in the Blue Spigot we look to and pray the words of Psalm 119 to keep us on the path, the path of goodness and of wisdom. That’s what we are called to seek.
Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. *
Notice three components of the path on which God calls us to walk.
A Reaffirmation, speaking to God – You are good, and what you do is good.
A request – Teach me to be good.
A reflection – It was good for me to be afflicted, because I’m learning from it.
When we seek God’s goodness and wisdom, he will comfort us in our troubles and in our struggles, and he will teach us his ways. He will help us to grow in goodness and wisdom.
You can do this. Reaffirm God’s goodness. Request his help. And reflect on your life lessons.
But relentless pressure is exerted daily for us to take a different path. The path of comfort. Of ease. Of personal fulfillment.
If we seek a trouble-free life, comfort has become our god, and we imagine Jesus wears a DoorDash delivery badge.
No. He doesn’t. He won’t.
This week I stumbled across a quote from Carl Jung, the 20th century Swiss Psychiatrist who corresponded with the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps. It’s a fitting way to close.
Comfort is a drug. Once you get used to it, it becomes addicting. Give a man consistent sex, good food, cheap entertainment, and he'll throw his ambitions right out the window. The comfort zone is where dreams go to die.
Benediction of Blessing:
May you seek good judgment from the One who is good.
May you be given a new perspective on your problems – they help you develop endurance and wisdom. **
May you see comfort as a gift from God in your trials, not a goal for your life.
Note: Every other week the Blue Spigot includes a section of Psalm 119, a prayer from David that serves well as our prayer, asking God to rekindle in us a love for his word – both the Living Word, Jesus Christ, and the written version (the Bible). Pray it aloud. Pray it thoughtfully. And pray it several times over the next two weeks.
* Psalm 119:65-72
** See Romans 5:3
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