Have you ever gone to bed dreading the thought of all you had to face the next day? Sometimes life can be so overwhelming it physically hurts. There are too few hours in the day and too many responsibilities competing for our attention. Even when things are going well, life can still be extremely stressful on a day to day basis. So, what do we do? We cope. We have to, because life doesn’t stop to give us a break. We find little pockets of comfort through out the day to ease the pain. It might come in the form of zoning out on social media, a piece of chocolate cake from the break room at work, or escaping for a few hours with a good book or movie. Guess what? Those things work too! They makes us feel better, but only temporarily and often at the expense of honoring God. What if there was a deeper level of lasting healing from the pain and stress of life, a different way to approach comfort? Who wouldn’t be interested in this? Honestly, it’s something we could all use.
Because of Jesus coming to this earth, we have a God who can empathize with what we are going through in this life. In Mark 1: 35-39 Jesus shows us how He coped with the pressures of life. “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Eventually, everyone started looking for Jesus and asking where he was. After all, there were diseases to heal and demons to cast out. There was much to do and it was all very important for sure. Even Jesus, the Son of God did not try to deal with the pressures of life without stealing time away to be with his Father. He knew that his Father was, and is today, “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3).” To help put this in perspective, can you even imagine Jesus turning to chocolate, entertainment, or anything else other than his Father for comfort? No, because He knew the answer was no where to be found in earthly things.
If today you feel overwhelmed and depleted of any strength left to cope with life. The answer is not to turn to false comforts but to the God of all comfort to give you the peace necessary to cope, and the strength to go on. There is nothing wrong with going to the break room and enjoying a piece of chocolate cake with your co workers. The problem is when we are asking that piece of cake to do something that only God can do. When these gifts of life become our source of peace and joy, we are creating idols out of them. God is so much better and His healing far more complete. Like Jesus, lets take the time away, escape in our Heavenly Father and find true comfort there.
Questions to consider:
What earthly things are you using to cope with life?
Are they a sin?
If not a sin, have they become an idol by replacing your peace found in God?
How might your life look a month from now if you replaced your wordly comforts with the peace of God?
What is one thing you could do today that would move you in that direction?