“For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—” (1 Corinthians 1:5 NIV)
God has given you everything you need.
When I was younger, I thought I needed more. When a friend got a new toy, I wanted a new toy. In sixth grade, all my friends seemed to get glasses. Wouldn’t you know it, all of a sudden I couldn’t see. When my Mom took me to the eye doctor, I remember her words. “She doesn’t have a sight problem, she has a jealousy problem. Everyone in her class is getting glasses.” She wasn’t wrong. I didn’t need glasses, I was sent home with exercises to “cure” my sight issues.
In today’s world, a common phrase describes what I was feeling: FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out.
We all have experienced this in one way or another. What we fear we’re missing out on is different, but we’ve all felt this way. Social media has helped feed this fear. We see someone on our Facebook feed at the beach, or the mountains, having a grand time, FOMO occurs. Happy couples enjoying each other’s company can spark FOMO. A group photo of friends having fun without you can cause FOMO.
Know God, No FOMO
Embracing God’s life fully means enjoying the moment. When we place our trust in God completely, He guides our paths:
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV)
Where God guides, He provides. He gives us everything we need to do what He wants us to do. The problem isn’t God’s provision, it’s our vision. What we focus our eyes on gets our attention. If we’re consumed with Facebook and what others are doing, we’ll have FOMO. But if we place our eyes on Jesus, we’ll live in the moment.
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:31-34 ESV)
Live for today. Enjoy the people God has placed in your lives. Pray for the people in your life. No one knows them like you do. Pray specifically for God to intervene in their lives. Watch what He does when you give Him control.
Whether we realize it or not, we’ve all tried to run the world. That job is not one we were ever meant to have. God is in control. Let Him take the lead in your life today. He knows what He is doing.
Question of the Day:
Are you experiencing FOMO in your life?