The Chase

Once again, I find myself immensely grateful for the blunt truth of Scripture! The Bible is incredibly matter-of-fact, it tells you just like it is:

It’s a powerful message, no? “Troubles multiplies for those who chase after other gods,” according to Psalms 16:4a (NLT).  Good heavens! David, the Psalmist, sure doesn’t mess around.

But he has a point, doesn’t he? When we start pursuing anyone or anything more than God, then our troubles literally start to multiply.

Note that David didn’t say, “You’re problems will start to add up.” Instead, he indicates that our issues will begin to multiply.

I’m no mathematician here, but surely you realize that when things are multiplied, they become almost exponentially bigger? Almost unfathomably so – and fast, too. Consider:

  • 2×2 = 4
  • 4×4 = 16
  • 16×16 = 256
  • 256 x 256 = 65,536

And so it goes. I’m sure you take my point. Things seem manageable when the numbers are just in triple digits, then – out of nowhere! – suddenly we are looking at a five-digit situation. What appeared deceptively manageable before is now completely overwhelming.

The lesson seems clear to me: I need to be careful what I’m chasing! It’s not wrong to have dreams or hopes and to pursue those things, but when I put those things first, then I get into trouble.

Dear Lord, thank You for this reminder that I always need to prioritize my relationship with You first. Ultimately, it’s in my best interest to do so! Otherwise, when I chase after things or people hoping that they will satisfy a need that only You can fulfill, my problems inevitably begin to increase. It’s simply a matter of fact, like the time-proven principle of multiplication.

Remind me that I’m not trying to needlessly multiply my problems; rather, I want to divide them by refocusing my attention on my relationship with You. After all, only You have the power to intervene in my circumstances and cut my problems down to size. No one else in this universe has the ability to do such a thing, and I am in awe of You and Your absolute sovereignty over everything and everyone – past, present, and future. 

Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

18 thoughts on “The Chase

      1. The really really sad thing: that series of equations is from a Christian pamphlet on premarital sex – it’s conclusion was that the more you give pieces of your heart away, the less love you’ll have for the spouse God wants to give you.

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      2. I always find it depends on the person – some people who are taught that love is a quantity might decide that verses that tell people to love another means that the more they love others, care for others, create friendships for others, the less ability they will have to love their future spouse. They might want to love their future spouse a lot, so they’ll choose to love others less. When you’re taught that love is a quantity that vanishes but never replenishes itself – it can make you an unloving person.

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      3. I take your point. However, I think it depends on where you believe the source of your love to be. If you find the source of your love in the Lord, and then in my opinion, search level be unlimited, but needs to be refreshed by regular relationship with Him. However, if the source of our love is ourselves, we have to remember that we are finite beings; even our best attributes – like love – have their limitations.

        I suspect that the brochure was simply trying to provide some wise counsel that can be applied Bradley to our lives: be careful to who you give your love away, because if there is no refilling – either from others, or from the Lord – then we will eventually experience depletion and loss.

        This is my take on the matter. We don’t have to agree necessarily. I appreciate your stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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      4. I meant to say that the source of the love will be unlimited; that the wise counsel can be applied broadly; and to be careful to whom we give our love away. Siri misunderstood a lot of what I was trying to say! 😮

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      5. o_O Wow, I would never have guessed that! That makes a point though.

        (Also replying to your reply to Daily Thankful – I couldn’t find a reply button for that comment so I’ll write it here.) That’s sad; premarital sex and love aren’t the same thing. Saving yourself for marriage and loving another person is like comparing apples to oranges. Love can’t run out if Jesus is the source of love – and there are some people that can be hard to love with our own willpower, and we only can do so by His grace! XD

        Daily Thankful (no reply button for you either, so I’ll just keep adding thoughts to this comment 😂): Amen!

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  1. Amen and great visual. When I wasn’t as close to God as I am now, something happened. Old me got all upset, a few choice words, then something else happened, more anger, more choice words. Something else, and I mean this was all within an hour happening. I sat down and said, Really God, anything else and BAM something else happened. I took paused and apologized to Him, started praying and everything started to get fixed. So I can testify to what you are saying.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me, Margaret! Hearing your perspective really helps me. It reminds me that I’m not alone in my struggles, and that when I start to focus my spiritual attention in the wrong area(s), things can quickly descendent of chaos!

      Glad you’re back, my friend. 😀

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      1. You are never alone dear one. Even if you were the only person on earth, you still wouldn’t be alone, God will always be with you 😉 He promised, and unlike us fleshy humans, He never lies 😉 I appreciate your kind words. It’s a pleasure to be back and being nourished by all the God filled blogs like yours :):)

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  2. Great post! 🙂 I hadn’t thought about how fast numbers multiply like that. It’s mind-boggling!

    So by the time you multiply the numbers times themselves on the fifth one – 65,536 X 65,536 = 4,294,967,296 – that problem that was a 2 just turned into over a 4 billion problem. o_O Yikes! It is so much better to chase after God!

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