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Since when did I start thinking of God as sloppy seconds? Probably since society started drilling in my head that a powerful career, a perfect family, designer accessories and the latest and greatest technology were the keys to happiness.
A dear friend and I talked this morning about happiness and how we let certain things overshadow what really provide true happiness. If we don’t feel like God is fulfilling our needs and desires, we start searching for something more. We start focusing on earning more money or developing a new relationship or increasing our power within our careers. It’s easy to do. And when those things fall short of bringing us happiness, we get so incredibly frustrated. Our dissatisfaction with our circumstances start to take precedence over the important things in life and we end up missing out on all the things the truly make us happy. Every time we focus on something else, we in turn start focusing less on God. We start telling God that He is not enough.. that He is not enough to make us happy or to fill our love tanks. We start making God our sloppy seconds.
We’re told over and over again in the Bible that God will never leave us and will always provide for us. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'” He has always been there for those who put their faith in Him and He always will be. About a month ago, I wrote about how God has continued to provide financially for my family even when we thought we wouldn’t be able to pay the bills at the end of the month. (You can read more about that here.) With our continued faith in Him, He, too, continues to be faithful. However, when we focus on worldly things hoping to find happiness and fullfillment, we end up feeling even more empty inside than we were to begin with.. we lose sight of the One that can provide for us in all ways. God doesn’t want to be our sloppy seconds and He shouldn’t be.
Our jobs don’t provide happiness.. material possessions don’t bring us fulfillment.. and even relationships cannot give us what we so desperately long for.. only God can make us whole. It’s time to stop searching for happiness because it’s right in front of us. A life following God brings joy that even a perfect pair of shoes can’t provide.
God is enough.. He’s enough when there seems to be no hope.. He’s enough when we feel on top of the world.. He’s enough when we cry with frustration.. He’s enough when the day ahead seems pointless.. He’s enough in all circumstances. I pray that we all can live a life where we believe that God truly is enough… Is He enough for you?