The following comment was posted after last week, and I felt it was important enough to share the response in case anyone else had the same question. Here was the question:
When you say that we are to ask God to meet our needs when they are not being met by the people we love, it sounds like you're saying that we're to look to people first to meet our needs and go to Him second.
First I want to thank you for your comment. I always appreciate feedback. I did not mean we should first look to people to meet our needs and then go to God if that doesn’t work out.
We should first look to God to meet our needs in this world, to recognize our ultimate worth and to realize as much as we are able; just how much He loves us. Realizing how much we are loved and valued by Him will ultimately MEET OUR MOST PRESSING NEED as God fills the void in our being which longs for that special love only He can provide.
However God created marriage and families. Friendships evolved out of His creation. We are surrounded by relationships and in our marriages, friendships and even in our work environments we grow to depend on people to
help us through life issues. Our immediate families are generally the ones we hope and expect to support us emotionally and physically and to be there through the ups and downs of life. We do look to people to help us meet our needs but that is secondary to turning to Jesus in order to allow Him to meet our ultimate needs.
In a perfect world, relationships would model the character of Christ and surround us with grace, and love.
However inasmuch as we live in a fallen world, relationships tend to disappoint us at times. Some of those disappointments are due to unrealistic expectations we have of people in our lives. Others are simply due to selfish motives or characteristics. Too often we tend to forget that WE disappoint people in our lives as well. As good as any
relationship may be, we must remember we are all sinful. Therefore none of us can be selfless enough on a regular basis to meet all the needs of another person. Our families or friends can not and will not always make us happy.
It is in those moments when we find ourselves disappointed by people we love, that we need to turn to Christ.
When we have been hurt by someone, or are angry at someone’s actions, or feeling overwhelmed, unsupported or unloved, turning to Jesus allows us to gain a clearer perspective on things. Turning to the Lord will remind us that our basic needs can ultimately only be met by Him, who truely loves us unconditionally.
If you purposefully find the time to be silent and wait to see what His response will be, I believe you will discover some degree of patience , grace and understanding for those people who have disappointed you. You may discover some of your own accountability in the event but ultimately you will KNOW and FEEL that despite anything that happened, Jesus is RIGHT THERE FOR YOU and RIGHT THERE WITH YOU.
When you can learn to run into the arms of Jesus whenever life and people are getting you down, or when you feel completely overwhelmed, you will begin to discover a freedom that I do not think is available to you anywhere EXCEPT in the presence of our Lord.
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