Ricardo Bacchus, Editorial Assistant, CQ Bible Study Guide

When Something Gets in the Way

Could it be possible that everything you’ve ever wanted is currently right in front of you? That all you’ve ever desired is staring you right in the face? That your greatest wish in life is so close to you that smelling it would be an understatement? But what if you denied its presence, covered your eyes, refused to admit that it existed? Although it screams for your attention, you choose to block its company.

As humans, we were created to worship; we were created to love. Our mere existence is to praise! But, the question is, “What is it that we idolize?” Maybe we pay more attention to our iPhones than our prayer life. Or maybe our food more than our faith. (A burrito at Chipotle sounds good right about now.) Perhaps it is our girlfriend or boyfriend. Who needs adulation from anything else, if we are so wrapped up in a relationship that brings us joy and happiness?

If you currently feel that life is perfect, but if God is not a part of your world, then your “perfection” is merely a temporary fix that will not fulfill you in the long run. Once you have the latest iPhone, your stomach is full, and you’ve found that special someone, the longing for satisfaction still lingers.

Daily we are faced with things that take our mind far away from the true purpose of why we were placed on earth. We’re constantly searching for a craving that will bring us warm fuzzies. If you’ve been hunting for a permanent stronghold, your search is over. One name: Jesus. He is looking straight into your eyes. Please don’t avert yours. He’s right in front of you. Look back into His loving eyes; this is the place of worship. This is the Person to praise. This is the One who loves us unconditionally. Many times we think we don’t need Him, but deep down inside, we are longing to worship Him. The issue is when we reach out for the latest toy instead of the baby boy born in Bethlehem. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” ( Matt. 6:21, NIV).

If the BMW you drive takes your drive away from the Almighty God, you are totally missing the point of life. The BMW is a blessing from God. We have fallen into the pattern of worshiping what God has graciously provided us with. We credit our parents, jobs, ambitions when God deserves all the glory and praise. Instead He gets the short end of the stick. Let nothing stand in your way when it comes to a personal relationship with the One who blessed us with His Son. As Jesus stated, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” ( Mark 8:36, NIV). Even if you are summa cum laude at Harvard, yet don’t cling onto the Healer, what worth will your diploma have?

Jesus came to this planet perfect, but He didn’t leave it flawless. Since He took on our sins, He will always be blemished by the scars on His hands and feet. These scars don’t represent His imperfection, but ours. Because we are damaged, we need to be refurbished. Only He can do this. He is worthy of our praise! Let us not worship our jobs, a TV show, or even church. Let’s worship the Jesus in our church. If something is standing in your way, knock it down. Tackle it. Shove it aside. The apostle Paul says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” ( Rom. 8:37–39, NIV).

Remember that, “A heart hungering for spiritual revival is a heart that longs for a more intimate experience with Jesus. It isn’t satisfied with a shallow, superficial experience. It craves much more.”* What is standing in your way? Are you allowing something to take the place of God? Could it be that everything you’ve ever wanted is currently right in front of you? The latest technology is a credit card away. Your favorite food is a hunger pain away.

God is right here, right now. He is never away!

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* Mark A. Finley, “Revival: For What?” The Adventist Review, February 10, 2011.