She whines. She cries. She screams. She wants her toy, and she wants it now.
I’m afraid we’re a little like that kid sometimes.
We whine about our day. We cry about our problems. We scream because we’re not getting our way.
And then we run to our habit for comfort.
Like the little kid in the store, we feel like we have a right to indulge our desires.
But do we? Really?
Or would God say, You need to give up your rights to love me and others well?
It is so hard to see life from God’s point of view. I’m struggling with it right now as I write these words. Everything’s gone wrong today, and I want to indulge in my habit.
My only hope is to go to His Word so He can saturate me with truth. Here are a few biblical principles and verses to help us in our battle with entitlement.
|I deserve my habit because:||
|I’ve had a terrible day.||Jesus told me I should expect hard days, but not to worry because He (not my habit) would help me get through them.||John 16:33 These things I (Jesus) have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage: I have overcome the world.|
|Life stinks.||If life is about God, life is good even when it stinks.||1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.|
|I’ve been good all week.||God’s happy about that. He wouldn’t want me to celebrate by being bad.||1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.|
|I work hard all day. I need a break.||On the days I work, I need to be extra careful to hold my habit with open hands because I know I’ll be tempted to give in. The more time I spend with God on those days, the better.||Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.|
|Someone in my life isn’t meeting my needs.||Sometimes I need to give up my rights to love God and others well. It will be easier to do that if I depend on God to get my love needs met. Unmet needs can draw me closer to God and makes me more like Him.||Philippians 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.|