Finding the New Normal
“I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror, consumption and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away; also, you will sow your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it up.” (Lev 26:16)
Jehovah warned the Israelites of the consequences of not obeying Him and living as He intended them to. However, some of those consequences are subtler than we would expect.
He’d give them a pining soul that wished for a life that would be more fulfilling and a sense of futility that that they would sow uselessly. No matter how hard they worked, they wouldn’t get ahead.
A lack of fulfillment in life and a sense of hopelessness are real impacts we receive from removing God from our life. When we don’t put God first, all the other pieces don’t fit correctly. A poor foundation leads to an unsteady building.
- Check your schedule and then ask, “Is God in my calendar?”
- Check your bucket list, and then ask, “Are my goals, His goals?”
- Check your budget, and then ask, “Do I save treasure in heaven or on earth?”
When God comes first, all the other pieces fall into line. When He doesn’t, no matter how beautiful the other pieces are, they won’t fit together. Your beautiful life requires Him and His kingdom at the center of it.
We are living in a time when everyone’s routine is in upheaval. Since everything is in change already – now is a great time to build a better, God-glorifying routine! Put Him at the center as you rebuild your new normal.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat? or What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matt 6:31-33)