Are We There Yet?

Wondering out loud…

“How much longer daddy?”

Undoubtedly, you’ve asked and been asked this question – probably while traveling. We are a family of 6 who are not afraid of the long road trips. And traveling with 5 females, we all had to come to an early understanding of travel strategies, not the least of which were restroom stops – but that’s a completely different blog 😉

Left unchecked, my wife and I would be bombarded with “How much longer” questions. In fact, it happened just the other day. But before my 11 year old could even finish her question I had one of those God moments. You know the ones, when you are placed in a very familiar place, hearing very familiar words, but for some reason the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to a new reality – and Ah Ha moment! The Holy Spirit gently reminded me that I ask that very same question “How much longer daddy” on a regular basis to my Heavenly Father. I was convicted of this as I read verse 21 of Exodus 35 – “Then they came back, every one whose heart was roused, whose spirit was freely responsive…” What roused their hearts? I believe it was their Ah Ha moment to the sins that plagued them.

Jonathan Daughtery at Men of Purity wrote: “Have you ever wondered on your journey of life, “How much longer, Lord, until I’m healed from the sins that seem to tempt me every day?”

If you’re anything like me you still have moments where temptations pound at your mind, your focus isn’t always sharp, and you even give in to the pull of the old, familiar ways of coping with life’s stressors. It can become frustrating to face new wrinkles in your broken humanity, thinking that because you have been on your journey for so long that these faults shouldn’t be appearing anymore (at least not as strongly as they do). So, we move forward, but with thin layers of disappointment attaching to our hearts along the way. Before long, the weight of these small disappointments with reality slow our progress and we find ourselves only inching along, maybe even stuck completely.

What is wrong with this picture? Doesn’t the Bible say that once we have turned to Christ for healing from our addictions that we will experience consistent, progressive, and continual upward growth? Actually, it doesn’t say that (no matter how much I wish it did!). In fact, the Bible (Jesus specifically) tells us to expect hardship, suffering, and discomfort. This, of course, never excuses sinful behavior, but does shed some light on the very real truth that our fallen humanity will fight our movement toward purity on every turn. Our flesh does not desire the holiness of God, and the enemy of our souls will do everything possible to tempt us away from the truth.

So, how much longer before we are healed? Only until Jesus takes us home to be with him. This may seem discouraging to realize that you and I will be facing this battle within for the rest of our lives, but there is good news on this journey. You don’t have to remain in your current condition every step of the way. There is a type of “progressive healing” God does in our lives over time as we die to ourselves and surrender to Him. The ultimate healing (freedom from this flesh and the devil) will occur when we enter our eternal home in Heaven.

Never stop asking questions. But be courageous enough to evaluate the questions you are asking to see if they are moving you forward in hope and purity, or simply weighing you down with discouragement and lies.”

So today, if you find your battles exhausting and you are crying out to daddy – how much longer? Consider altering your question to “Lord, what can I do today to invite more of your healing into my life?”


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tasha Levine on May 11, 2006 at 12:46 PM

    AMEN to continue to ask god what we can do to invite healing into our lives.. its amazing that theres always hope for a new day 🙂 no matter what! god bless

    love, tasha

  2. Amen! I was touched by your words. Thanks for sharing your gift with me.

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