don't settle for less

Don’t settle for less! There is so much more that God wants to reveal to us, to bless us with, to share with us. He says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Jeremiah 29:13) He is not far from each one of us, no matter who we are, what we’ve done, or what we are going through.

We wonder why we feel disquieted on the inside, why we struggle to be at peace, and why we feel like there must be more, but we don’t know where to find it. That’s because there is more! There is a  feast on offer, but it is not found in our jobs, in more activity, in our programs and entertainment. The feast is found in seeking after and spending time in the presence of God. There is more joy, bliss, and substance in one encounter with Him than anything or anyone can come close to equalling. And the thing is, we can feast everyday! God wants us to desire His presence, to desire Him showing up in our room, in our house, in our car, our workplace, everywhere more than anything or anyone else, more than any pursuit, job, program, meeting, big holiday, or relationship.

But far too often we are happy to settle! To settle for so much less than what God has on offer. We go for the “fast food lane”, when there is a banquet on offer. We go for the “snack” here, snack there” quick fix, rather than the full on, overwhelming, awe inspiring, jaw dropping, presence of God Himself. We settle, when instead He longs for us to reach out to Him, and to know heaven and His kingdom!

Every single person has this invitation to know Him, to know the wonders of who He is, to experience Him, to understand the mysteries of the Universe more fully and to be His friend.

And what do many of us do? We snack; going from one week to the next nibbling on snippets of whatever or whoever makes us feel good. Or settling for a glimpse of who God is, and being content in our thinking that is all there is. Our lives are filled with so much activity; so many meetings, coffees and programs. And because we snack on so many other things we are no longer hungry for more of God. We can forget there is more, and we settle!

But God says there is more! There is more than our minds can comprehend. There is more bliss and wonder, and a closeness to Him that is so amazing there are simply no words to express it. He says, “Come up, lift your vision, lift your expectation of me. Your picture of me, and who I am is too small. I love you and I am greater and more powerful than you thought even possible.”

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Today, don’t settle! Don’t settle for “snacking” your way through life. You have an open invitation to a feast. If you don’t know Him, call out to Him, for “He is not far from each one of us”, and He promises, “that those who diligently seek me will find Me.” (Acts 17:27; Proverbs 8:17)

If today you profess to love Him, don’t settle any longer for a “fast food, quick fix Jesus.” Let’s value and honour Him more than that. Let’s not settle any longer for more programs and meetings. Draw near to Him; shake off the distractions, and the low expectations of God. Shake off the systems that so easily dictate, and choose to love and value Him for who He is, for all He has done, for the life He gives, and for the joy within. Today make a decision to settle for nothing less than an overflow of his awe-inspiring presence.

Prayer: Lord I’m sorry for when I have settled. Where I have desired other things; other pursuits, other relationships more than a seeking after you. I’ve let myself be content with snacking on “fast food,” when I could have been having a feast. I choose to quit snacking, and to hunger after you; that nothing else but your presence will satisfy me. In Jesus Name Amen.