Friday, 17 February 2017

Functioning In Dysfunction

Proverbs 5:13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!

      Good enough is not God's best. Close enough is not that close. When we are living from one mess to another and become comfortable functioning in the dysfunctions of life, our spiritual ear can become dull of hearing what the Lord is saying to our soul. We no longer try to understand what God is saying in our lives. Heb. 5:11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 
      St Augustine said: "You are what you love." If you love chaos and are constantly operating from a point of dysfunction, then your heart becomes slow to grasp what God is sowing into your heart. Fear starts to replace faith and as someone said: "Fear tolerated is faith contaminated."           
      There seems to be a nonchalance or norm about the dysfunction that consumes most of the day's events. People are learning to function within their dysfunction, then they wonder why nothing of eternal value is getting done or realized in their hearts. 
      They put stronger efforts into doing the same dysfunctional things and end up angry and discouraged with life. Haggai 1:6 You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. 
      People are tiredly rushing here and there, only to put another temporary patch on a family argument or blunder through another day of endless tasks to get blindsided by an unexpected bill that empties the family savings account; bringing unnatural pressures to the continual everyday dysfunction. 
      Some want to pull their hair out and scream something outrageous or shout: "Stop the madness." Prov. 5:13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! Others simply fold over in exhaustion. Psalm 6:6 I am weary from my groaning. Every night my couch is drenched with tears, my bed is soaked through.
      Dysfunction is not God's plan for our lives. Chaos is not God's design for a life of peace in Christ. Poor health because of stress is not God's purpose for our relationship with the Lord on this earth. Jesus came that we would have, possess, own, and exist in and with abundant life. John 10:10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 
      God's love for us is real and abundant. His thoughts towards us are thoughts of victory and blessing, not second-hand existence. I reiterate what I have said in the past. The enemy of our soul tries to keep us focused on the regrets of the past and the fears of the future, so that we do nothing for God today. God says in Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 
      God wants us focused on the day we are in, because that is the day we are actually living. The past has passed and the future is not here yet. Today is the day of living and salvation. Today is the day to function in the rest, peace, and joy of the Lord. Today is the day to incline our ear to the teaching of the Lord. Today, look up and bless the Lord. Psalm 46:10a Be still, and know that I am God. Stop the momentum of a dysfunctional life by functioning in the Love of God for this day. May the peace of God favor us this day. Amen!

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