Weekly Devotional: Craving Consistency
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” (Isaiah 40:28)
As humans, we crave consistency. We want stability in our careers, finances, friends and family, and rarely do we appreciate the curveballs that life throws us. We place expectations on the people in our lives, and more often than not, we are left disappointed when those expectations are not met. We, too, fail daily. We are not always the loyal, trustworthy or dependable friend we wish we were.
The reality is that this world is fleeting, and so is everything in it. People are not consistent, and they will let us down time and time again. Despite this undeniable truth, we all innately desire a “rock” in our life – someone or something to embody a sense of constant reliability.
Maybe that’s because we were, in fact, created to fully depend on someone. Someone who is perfect, who will never let us down and that will always be with us. The only person who could ever fill this role in our lives is Jesus Christ – and He is so ready to take on the job!
Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The Lord is quite aware of the sin that lives within the world, but He has not abandoned us! He lives within us, offering us the security and faithfulness that we desire. There is no need to be upset (or even surprised) when the people in our lives let us down because He will not. Even when we are frustrated with ourselves and our own inconsistency, He is forgiving and offers us an unending amount of grace.
Friendships are beautiful, and God calls us to live in community (Romans 12:4-5). It is important to live amongst others and create relationships, but we must recognize that no one will satisfy us the way Christ will. No spouse, friend or job will fulfill our desire for an unconditional love and acceptance. When the world fails us, and when we fail the people we love, we can have hope in an eternal, perfect life with our Savior.
What would it look like if we channeled the love, dependency and reliance we experience towards our relationship with Jesus, instead of others?
Our lives would drastically change! We can begin to focus and invest in the eternal, not the temporary, and allow Jesus to be our rock! Do not let one more heartbreak, burnt bridge or disappointment distract you from who truly holds our heart. We will no longer exchange our love and devotion for our perfect Creator with the sinful, broken people around us. Jesus is the only constant, consistent thing in our lives – and we will rejoice in that!
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