I was listening to a song the other day and one of the lines in the chorus stuck with me for some reason:
"You say the word and I'll go anywhere blindly"
Now, this song is about a boy who is in love and chasing after a girl. Super fun song to sing in the car or with friends, but when I heard this line again the other day, I immediately questioned it.
If we can blindly follow someone or something so easily, why is it difficult at times to follow God?
There are many things that you may be blindly following without even realizing. Whether that is chasing after the guy/girl that you think you are in love with, doing anything just to win them over, or obsessing over and believing everything celebrities say/do, falling into a certain political or religious view just because people around you believe one way or another, or even as simple as following the popular trends in clothing or electronics.
"Everyone else is doing it, so why not?"
First of all, I believe it is SO important to be YOU! Create your own views and style!
Second, there's nothing wrong with wanting things that are popular, just make sure you want those things because you genuinely like it, not because someone else has it or to make someone jealous.
Lastly and most importantly, if we can blindly follow all of those things (I'm guilty too!), then why can't we trust, believe, and love the one who created all of us? God is the one who has a plan for our life, not the Kardashians, or Oprah, or even Trump. It's God!! He is the one who loves us unconditionally. He is the one who forgives. He is the only one worth living for.
Following Jesus is not suppose to be easy. It is not suppose to be comfortable. It will not always make sense.
Often times we live our lives trying to build up a wall of protection. Something that will be there to fall back on so that we don't have to fully rely on God or anyone else in our lives. But we fail to see that sometimes God calls us to walk on water, showing us that without complete trust in him, we will sink.
Your life may look a lot different than people expect, and that's okay. God may call you to be a missionary in a foreign country, or to befriend a homeless man. He may call you to pay for someone else's food even when you can barely afford your own. Our lives shouldn't make sense to unbelievers.
In the Bible, Job was a man of great fortune who tried his hardest to avoid sin. Job was stripped of everything in an ultimate test of faith. However, all throughout his suffering, Job continued to praise God, which is unusual and so hard to do.
Suffering is unavoidable in life, but we have to have complete faith that the Lord will pull us through and we will rise above the pain.
As you go through your day, think about the things or people that you are choosing to follow. Are you letting someone else's post on social media determine how you feel? Are you letting money control your life? Are you chasing after your bosses approval? Do you always have to have the newest/nicest clothes or devices?
None of these things are going to truly satisfy you, and if they do, it'll only be for a short time. Following God is the only way to gain complete freedom, abundant love, and belonging.
If you are ever struggling with any of these things, feel free to comment below or message me! :)
"My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6
“Worthy are you, Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things; because of your will they came to be and were created.” Revelation 4:11
“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” ― David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“Come,”he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,”he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31