You heard it right. I suffer from Spiritual Bamboozlement. I just can’t seem to have the clear-headedness, the peacefulness, and the faith to put God first.
Why does it seem so difficult to put God first in our daily lives? In my daily life? I know for me, part of it has to do with my last post on procrastination. I let too many other things distract me. Two sentences ago, I got distracted thinking about something else that had to be done. Did it have to be done now? No.
People tend to do the same thing when it comes to spending time with God. We find ten million other things to do instead. God ends up getting what’s left over of our time and energy if there is any left.
I’m going read the Bible. Oh, wait! Let me watch the news. I have to know what’s going on in the world. Don’t I? Yep, people all over the world are still killing each other. Glad I didn’t miss that.
I’m going to spend some quiet time with God. Oh, wait! I have to get past the next level on whatever the new addictive Facebook game is. Okay. After the next level. Well, maybe one more level. Now I have to try to beat the high score.
I’ll listen to a sermon on podcast. Wait, today is Prime Day on Amazon. Let’s see what kind of deals I can get on stuff that I might never use.
Where did the day go? It’s time for bed already. I’ll listen to a sermon until I…. Zzz Zzz
It’s different distractions for each of us but it’s still putting God in last place. God wants to be a part of our lives but He can’t because we put other things first.
A relationship with God is similar to any other relationship whether it be a friendship or romantic relationship. What happens when we don’t spend any time with our friends or our spouses and girlfriends? (I don’t recommend having both at once!) The relationship either grows stagnant or ends altogether.
Having Spiritual Bamboozlement causes a loss of a closeness to God, keeps me wandering out of his will, keeps me from having the strength to do what I have to do, and steers me away from his peace.
The good news is that God says:
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
It’s good news because it’s not too late to put Him first. The problem is that we leave and forsake Him when we don’t put Him first or ignore spending time with Him altogether.
That may seem harsh to some, but it’s the truth. I know when I don’t spend time with God on a regular basis, I get myself in trouble. Sometimes in regards to my addiction, and other times simply with my attitude. I start seeing things through a negative lens, I start being short with people, I start blaming others for my problems, I start swearing more, and I don’t feel joy and happiness. Unfortunately, my attitude affects those closest to me.
I know a lot of us have many cares and responsibilities that weigh on us. Some are having financial problems. Some have health issues. The list could go on and on.
When speaking about worry, Jesus says,
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
While my problems might not disappear, they will be a lot easier to face.
Even Jesus needed to spend time alone with the Father. What makes me think I don’t need it?.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35