My kids like lollipops. But not nearly as much as they love ice cream. And that only makes sense. No kid in their right mind would ever pick a lollipop over ice cream. I remember one occasion when Emilee, my 5 year old, had helped herself to a sucker from a bag of candy after dinner. I had already headed toward the fridge to get her an ice cream fudge pop for finishing her food, but I was not going to let her have both. Before presenting her with the ice cream, I insisted that she give me back the sucker she taken (without permission, by the way). I had to convince her that I had something better for her before she trusted me enough to give up her sucker.
I find that we are often the same way as my 5 year. We will hold onto what we have now, instead of letting go and trusting God to deliver something better for us. It happens all the time:
– A single person stays in a dead end relationship from fear of being alone. They miss out on someone more equally yoked.
– A married couple gets themselves tied up in debt. They miss the opportunity to invest in the kingdom of God.
– A student stays with the same bad influences and tries to pretend they’re not pulling him down. He misses the chance to have true friends.
– An alcoholic refuses to accept that his drinking is out of control. He misses out on his family, friends, career, and finances.
Isn’t it ridiculous when I refuse to let God take my lollipop, because I think He doesn’t have something better for me?!? God has always cared more about me than I have for myself. As long as I fill my hands with my insignificant, fickle infatuations, God will not fill them with His much richer blessings. Allow God to remove the things from your life that are keeping you from experiencing all that He has for you.
Only by trusting God to remove the comfortable and familiar do we have the chance to see how much better of a provider He is to us than we are to ourselves.
“‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ says the Lord, ‘thoughts of good, and not evil. Of hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11
“So that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7