We live in a society that teaches us that we can, and should be, satisfied by other people and by stuff. Lots of stuff.
Commercials tells us that we’ll only be happy if we have the newest gadget or car.
Ads tells us that we need relationships to be happy.
Media tells us that we need alcohol to be happy.
We tell each other that we need other people…family and friends…to be happy.
Family and friends are important, don’t get me wrong. But everyone is sinful and sometimes our family and friends will let us down (just like we might let them down.) Instead of relying on even our closest family, such as our spouses, and our friends, we need to learn to be satisfied with God first.
This is something that I have struggled with. I wanted my husband to fill in all the holes in my heart. But he’s only human and sometimes he couldn’t be all that I (unrealistically at times) expected him to be for me.
I had to learn that I need to rely on God first. And I think that’s maybe why God allowed some of the trials that my husband and I have had in our marriage; to teach us to rely on God because He doesn’t get broken like we sometimes do. He won’t let us down.
We’ll all go through times in which we feel utterly alone. We wonder where God is. We wonder why no one is hearing us when we’re crying out. These are times that God can use to remind us how much He cares and that He’ll never leave us hanging.
I wanted to share some verses that speak of God’s reliability and caring. When nothing else is going right, we can count on the Him to still be true and right. Verses below are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. (ESV)
Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Psalm 42:1-2a As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
Psalm 34:17-18 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalm 107:6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He delivered them out of their distresses.
Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
2 Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!