I finished reading Jeremiah last night. There was a verse that caught my attention about Moab’s lies. Jeremiah 48:30 says, “…his lies have made nothing right.” My margin says, ‘idle talk.’
That is what yearnings can do. They lie to us. They pull us towards them and away from our singular focus on the Lord.
Countless times in my life, and perhaps you have had the same experience, I’ve said, ‘I’m struggling.’ Yesterday the Lord showed me something that I had never considered before.
Rebekah was pregnant. Genesis 25:22 says, “But the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it is well, why am I like this, So she went to inquire of the Lord.” He told her that two nations were in her womb. What insight for us!
That is the anatomy of a struggle. There are two warring factors. Dialoging in our mind is a distraction that pulls us in two opposite ways.
James 1:8 says that double-mindedness makes us unstable. James 4:1 says, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?”
If you think about it, our yearnings are usually coming from something in the past that we had and now don’t have. We look back, but we live in the face-forward present. That creates the struggle we feel.
The struggle is really a lie. Dialoging with it is idle activity. We can stop the struggle-lie just like we stop all lies circulating in our mind.
The next time you say within yourself ‘I’m struggling,’ let the NEXT thought be on the Lord. Quickly refocus. Psalm 97:9 says, “For You Lord, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.”
Perhaps say something out loud like this: You are Lord over all the earth and Lord of my life. I worship You in spirit and in truth. Then lift up your heart in worship of Who He is at all times.