Our world offers many “remedies” to soothe our aching hearts.
However, like a mirage in the desert, when we take a closer look,
the image often dissipates into nothing.
Most of us will already see that using alcohol and/or drugs to soothe our pain only creates bigger problems instead of being a lasting comfort. However, those are not the only “false comfort” remedies that we can get tangled up in.
Some turn to food for comfort…
but the obesity at the end of that road means we have to deal with the negative health issues and social stigmas that result.
Some seek comfort in the possession of money…
only to find themselves in an endless cycle of trying to get more of it
and then trying to keep it.
Some use shopping as a sort of therapy...
but that only leads to a cycle of debt.
Some seek comfort in the arms of person after person...
only to be left with a chasm of emptiness inside and, more often than not, unwanted pregnancies and/or disease.
Some pour all their time and energy into work...
adopting a workaholic persona, but that comes with a high price tag as well. There are only 24hrs in each of our days…so the more time spent at work means less time with family and/or close friends. We lose the priceless connection with those dearest to our hearts when we seek to please the insatiable machine of our chosen profession.
Our hearts yearn for freedom!
We must be careful to discern what is merely a mirage…
and be willing to let it go…holding out for that which brings true comfort.
It’s a daily process to examine our lives to see what is the reality and what is the mirage…but the effort is well worth the reward!
It’s a process that has amazing (and often eternal) benefits.
Turning to anything or anyone else but God for comfort
does not bring freedom to our souls.
“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,
for I delight in your commands because I love them.”
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”
“Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;
live as servants of God.”
1 Peter 2:16
“They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”
2 Peter 2:19
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom.”
2 Corinthians 3:17