"It’s easier to escape into Netflix than it is to read our Bibles. Saying adios to your overwhelming situation while opening the bag of chips feels the most satisfying at the time. It’s easier to build a cave of our favorite things than it is to address the pain that stings and singes our souls.⠀
'I’ll read my Bible tomorrow; I just need to relax and forget it all right now.' I get that train of thought. I’ve been there too many times, and if you have, too, know that you’re not even close to being the only one who wants to escape.⠀
But the grace of God that pursues both you and me has something far better to offer. Genuine hope, genuine rest, genuine healing.⠀
It isn’t the easy kind, though, because it means we look at the junk hanging out inside our hearts, and we have to see its ugliness. We have to see the selfishness, the pride, the anger, or the envy causing the war within us. Or the pride, anger, and selfishness of someone else who hurt us—the things we’re called to forgive. The Word sheds light on those things.⠀
Our God is in the business of taking hard things and molding them into beautiful things. So He issues an invitation to us.⠀
Stop escaping. Stop turning to temporary things as if they could ever provide lasting comfort. And open your Bible. Not out of obligation or guilt or fear, but out of the knowledge that in those pages you’ll find deep, full-fledged, difficult-but-always-worth-it healing. It’s in there. Because Jesus is in there.⠀
The hope of caffeine or Netflix binges or queso dip will always fall desperately short of anything Jesus offers us—and if we’re going to cultivate lives that thrive for His glory, we’re going to need the real stuff. The good stuff. The hope of the mind-blowing gospel found in beautiful pages of Scripture." @samanthaloucks
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