Godly Living, Single Living

Devotional: Why Settle?

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me,
and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
– Isaiah 55:2

  • If we are urged to not waste money on things that won’t satisfy, why do we spend our hearts on that which doesn’t satisfy?
  • Why do we settle for less than God’s best for us?
  • Why believe the lie that we are somehow worth less?
  • Why believe the lie that it is this or nothing?

Why do we spend our souls on that which doesn’t satisfy? Often, we settle. We settle in so many areas of our lives. The biggest area I think a lot of us wrestle with settling, is in our relationships with others… particularly in finding a spouse for those who are single. Why, settle?

God is issuing a decree, that we don’t need to settle. His best is beautiful, and worth the wait. His best, satisfies, s-a-t-i-s-f-i-e-s, satisfies like nothing else in this world! We need to be firm in our convictions, resolving to sit on the standards God is leading us to in our lives, and not be moved away from them. We need to be guarded, so that we won’t even entertain the idea of settling. We need to seek God and His direction for our lives, so we can be assured we aren’t settling.

God alone can satisfy us.
Not new circumstances.
Not new people in our lives.
God alone can satisfy us.
Will we allow Him to be our soul satisfaction?
Will we allow Him to be our all-in-all?

When we settle, we cheat ourselves. We get less than what God wants to bless us with. In our relationship with Christ, we lose out on intimacy and closeness we could have with our Creator (which is better than any human relationship we could dream up). When we choose to settle, it could even lead us down a path God doesn’t want us to take. When we settle, it can draw us away from Christ! We need to seriously consider how we are choosing to not settle, and keep Christ at the center of our lives – despite circumstances.

Last thought: Why, go after the things that don’t satisfy. In whatever circumstance, we find ourselves – not settling is a message we all need. We have the perfect place to run, while we wait and live in all of our situations. We have Christ!

Christ -is- our strong tower, Savior, Lover of our souls, and the One who knows exactly what we stand in need of. He is our Comforter, and understands what we face.

“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses,
for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.”
– Hebrews 4:15

Reflection Activities:

  1. While in my circumstances, am I allowing myself to contemplate settling?
  2. Am I discontent in my circumstances?
  3. Allowing it to be used to make Christ my focus?
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