Recently, I had dinner with a person who I’ve known for over 20 years. As a matter of fact, I’ve known her since the day she was born. I love this person…
During the time prior to our conversation, she had had experienced two of the worst weeks of her life. The details aren’t important here—but the fact that she was suffering is. She told me that she seems to continually make poor decisions in her life.
Then she told me something that stunned me when I realized the wisdom it contained.
“Robert, I feel like I’ve been given all the right tools for a great life. I feel like I have the best wood, the best stones for stonework, the best bricks, and all the right hardware. But I just don’t know how to build the house.”
I asked her to repeat to me what she’d just said. She did . . .
Sometimes you hear something and you just know that there’s a lot of truth and depth in the words.
With what I do for a living, I meet many people over the course of a month. It amazes me how many talented, intelligent people I run into who end up being very unhappy with their lives.
As we continued our conversation, it became apparent that she had drifted in her relationship with God. She had tried to be the architect and the builder, instead of letting Him take the lead.
She told me that she felt far from Him, and that she felt that she had disappointed Him with her decisions. I assured her that God loved her far beyond anything that she could imagine and that He was happy with her no matter where she was at the moment.
The problem was that she had been ignoring Him.
A very dear friend of mine named Curt Chandler and I had lunch about a month ago. During lunch, our conversation drifted to where he was in his life and where he was in his walk with God.
He pointed out something to me that I’d never noticed before.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 says,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
I had heard the first part of that many times and love the thought that God wants to prosper us and give us a great future. But I’d never heard verse 13 about finding Him when you seek Him with all of your heart.
All your heart . . .
I think the problem is in what we are seeking. We seek our own little kingdoms. We seek pleasure. We seek worldly possessions. And we continue to feel pain.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Funny—It doesn’t say “some” of these things; it says “all” of these things. And it also says the word “first!” Not second, or third, but first.
I think our problems can be fixed when we first seek Him. Allow Him to be the builder.
As it says in Psalm 127:1
“Unless the LORD builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.”
We build in the temporal. He builds in the eternal. Make Him your foundation. When the winds blow and the storms come, you will not be disappointed . . .
I guarantee it!