Admittedly, at the end of the day, the only thing that seems appealing is chocolate and TV. But I also know that, if I submit to these temptations regularly, not only will I have wasted that amount of time (usually hours), but I also will have gained a considerable amount of weight while doing so! Just as I must have self-control in this area of my life, so must it be in all other areas of life. The Lord put specific parameters on our lives for us to abide by so that we may have the most fulfilling life on this earth as possible and, practically speaking, so that we might be safe in the process.
But practicing self-control is HARD. Saying “no” is HARD. And why is that? The reason is that when we give into temptation, it feels good for the first few minutes and is much easier than saying “no”. Eating that extra piece of delicious chocolate is satisfying. Saying “yes” to that guy feels exciting in the moment. But, as we’ve all figured out at this point, very soon after the excitement wears off, we realize how wrong we were, and we are left with a void to fill-the same void we had before.
When I was kid, I was very active, playing outside with my friends all day, no matter the heat. When I would get thirsty, I went to the refrigerator and gulped down a Coke as fast as I could. While the coldness of the Coke was refreshing and the zip of the carbonation exciting to my palate, it never completely satisfied my thirst. Have you ever noticed that? When you are really, really thirsty and you grab anything besides pure water, your thirst doesn’t seem to be quenched? In fact, although your stomach might be full of liquid, your tongue seems to scream for more.
How true is it also when we reach for anything outside of a relationship with Jesus Christ to satisfy us? Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:6,
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
And consider this poignant verse from the book of Isaiah,
Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Isaiah 55:2
Start reaching for Jesus Christ to fulfill your thirst and “just say ‘no’” to any other second-rate alternative.
About the Writer:
Natalie is a stay at home mom to a 2 year old and has another one on the way. She occasionally works as an emergency room nurse and is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner. She and her husband have been called into the medical mission field and are excited to see what the Lord has in store for their lives.