Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:7-8 (NIV)
I’m Made to Crave’s Biggest Loser.
No, you won’t find this girl on the stage celebrating her weight loss. Year after year, I read Lysa’s book and watch her study video. Year after year, I’m determined to stop making excuses and finally satisfy my deepest desires with God, not food.
But year after year, as struggles arise, I think “It’s okay, I’ve got this”.
And year after year, I lose. Not the weight I want, but the determination.
The dictionary defines determination as “a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult”. No excuses. Keep trying. But as struggles in my life weigh me down, I turn to food to lift me up. Silly me. Quickly my thoughts turn to “No, you don’t have this. You’re such a loser”.
My disappointment is Stinkin’ Satan’s invitation to start the party. He fires up his favorite song “Another One Bites the Dust”. Not only the dust, but also the whole bag of Easter candy. You know, the candy I bought for my boys’ Easter baskets. Whoops, think they’ll notice?
God notices. I’m sure he’s shaking his head again, as he sees Satan up to his old tricks. He’s wondering “when will she ever learn that it’s okay, I’ve got this?”
I am encouraged by Peter’s words to us struggling believers. Casting all our anxieties on Him sounds like a lot to ask for. But it is what God asks for. He too has determination.
Yes, we will keep “trying”. Yes, it will be “difficult”. But God loves us and wants us to trust him with our struggles. For me, that includes my food struggles. For you, it may be something different. If we can learn to “cast all” our worries on God, then our minds will be free to be “self-controlled and alert” watching for Satan’s attacks.
No Excuses! Are you with me? Let’s stand strong together. Let’s Crave God, not food. Remember, girls, God’s got this!
Now it’s your turn: What area of your life you are saying “No excuses” to. “I’m determined to Crave God, not ____”.
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