Why do I often want to avoid the things I shouldn’t? - Avoidance/avoiding - TouchPoints

Why do I often want to avoid the things I shouldn’t?

Hebrews 3:8, 15Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness . . . Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”

2 Corinthians 6:2For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

Do you ever think your plan is better than God’s or his plan is too inconvenient for you? Realize that God’s call to you deserves and requires an immediate response. He will not ask you to do anything without giving the resources and power you need to accomplish it. If you avoid the opportunities God gives you, you will miss his blessings as well.

Jonah 1:3But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.

Luke 10:30-32Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

We sometimes avoid God’s will for us because we erroneously think our plan is better or his plan is inconvenient for us. If we could see through the eyes of God, or think God’s thoughts, we would realize that his way is best.

Galatians 6:4-5Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

There is great satisfaction in doing your work well. Avoiding your responsibilities will leave you feeling guilty and lower your self-esteem. There is no need to compare yourself to others when you are satisfied with your work and are doing what God wants you to do.

Galatians 6:3If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

A prideful spirit cannot be tolerated in the heart of someone who is supposed to serve others.