Don’t Place Your Hope in the Weekend

T.G.I.F

I’m not going to lie to you but every time I think about Friday, Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” pops into my head. It’s kind of annoying and awesome at the same time. I diverge…

Another Friday has come and almost gone while the hopes of a restful, fun and adventurous weekend lie within our hearts. We’ve been working hard all week and the weekend seems to offer this oasis of reprieve and satisfaction. However, I don’t know about you, but the weekend – no matter how amazing it is – always seems to fall just a bit short.

Often times what I’ve noticed is that I place my hope in the weekend itself rather than the God who is Lord over my weekends.

At the heart of this distortion is one thing – unbelief. I wrote a blog on fighting unbelief earlier this week, which you can find at this link, so this topic is fresh on my mind.

Most of the time I have unbelief in my heart that says God won’t be enough to satisfy me over the weekend. My heart instead believes the lies that sleeping in, vegging out, not working, Netflix, hanging with friends, weekend getaways, etc. will be what provides ultimate rest and fulfillment. I should know this about my heart at this point in my life, but it truly is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9).

Ultimate Rest

The Scripture tells me that ultimate rest and fulfillment is found in God and God alone (Matt. 11:28).

Now, understand this, all those things I listed above are all GREAT things, but they are not ULTIMATE things in your life.Those things listed above – weekend getaways, friends, parks, rest – are all gifts from the Creator, but they are gifts that are to point you back to him – they are not ends in and of themselves (Ps. 19:1).

So as you plan your weekend make sure to do two things:

  1. Spend Time with God: Carve out specific time to meet with your Creator through time in the Word, prayer, and enjoying Him through his creation.
  2. Rightly View His Gifts: Make sure to still make fun weekend plans filled with rest, friends, and adventures, but help your heart keep right perspective by reminding yourself that all of these created things point you back to the Creator.

Lastly, before you venture off into the weekend, fight to remember to this truth: Don’t place your hope in the weekend, but in the God who is sovereign over it.

Cheers to a God-centered and restful weekend of adventures!

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