You’re Just Not Desperate Enough

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 PETER 1:6–7

When we pray, it’s easy to get a little tongue-tied. We don’t always know what to say or how to do it “right.” But when there’s a crisis, sometimes we turn into world-class orators when we pray. We know exactly what we want, right? Whether you’re driving through a hailstorm with your kids in the back seat or going through an unwanted career change with no opportunities on the horizon, difficult things can make us feel small. They make us feel so needy. They help us realize our absolute need for God to help us. These are the moments we find ourselves whispering panicked prayers as if our lives depended on them—because, in fact, they sometimes do.

It would be great if we could recognize how dependent we are on God in the high times, too, when we’re healthy or have a little extra in our savings account. But the discomfort brought by fear and uncertainty in our lives can become blessings. Here’s the reason why: comfortable people don’t need Jesus; desperate people do.

I heard the other day that a lot of the buttons we have to push don’t actually do anything. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but we’ve all had our suspicions. Like the button to change the traffic light so you can walk across the street or the one to make an elevator door close faster. They put those buttons there so we feel like we have some control over our lives, when we actually don’t. We might think we’ve got everything in hand, but the reality is that it’s only an illusion.

Here’s the thing: we encounter God all over again every time we’re desperate enough to realize we’re not actually in charge.

Fear and uncertainty launch us toward God, and He’s always there to receive us when we arrive. When all signs tell us there’s no way out, we find God in the uncertainty, and He always makes a way. Take confidence in this. Realize you’re terribly needy. It’s a good thing.

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