What’s Your Button

by APC on March 16, 2016

I remember a few years back when Staples® came out with the easy button. In just a quick press of the button your solution would appear before your eyes. I’ve been waiting for the production of this actual button for years now. The only easy buttons I can find are cheap knock-offs that just make noise.

I have to come to grips with the hard reality that I live in the here and now. If I need something, it’s going to cost me and it’s going to take some effort on my part.

Many of us like to live our spiritual life through an easy button. We tote around this button wherever we go. When life gets a little hard, we like to whip it out, slap our hand on top of it, and have Jesus fix (you fill in the blank here) instantaneously. Then, I wonder how many of us spiral into a childlike temper tantrum when our button doesn’t actually work.

It’s not that Jesus isn’t a miracle worker. He pours out more blessings and miracles upon our lives than we deserve. But, everything is according to His time (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and His will (I John 5:14)—not ours. We may need to endure a little trial or a little hardship from time to time. It’s all going to work for our good (Romans 8:28) and bring forth a perfect work in us (James 1:2–4). God didn’t create an easy button for this reason.

I would venture to say that we also carry around a panic button. When the world’s closing in around us, the devil has us by the nape of our neck, and we’re being carried off into an oblivion, we smash our panic button over and over again as if to say, “Jesus help me!”

Why do we have a panic button? Have we neglected to ask God for help before we get into a situation that’s completely unbearable? Are we in the situation because we’ve neglected God, our prayer life, church attendance, etc.?

Jesus knows our thoughts before we even think them (Psalms 139:4) and knows what needs we have before we ask (Matthew 6:8). There’s no need to panic (or have a button) because God will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). There never should be a need to panic with the Lord in our life! If we’re panicking, we may be concerned that He’s not there because we’ve drifted too far away.

So, if you’re reading this thinking I don’t have an easy button, and I certainly don’t have a panic button, so what does this have to do with my spiritual life? You’re right. You may not have an easy or a panic button, but you’ve got a button. I may not know what your button has plastered across the top of it—but it’s there in your pocket, purse, nightstand, car, or wherever you like to keep it, so it’s within reach when you need it.

I encourage you, dear reader, to discard those buttons kept out in the open or secretly tucked away. We need to develop a walk with God that will help us avoid some life circumstances. Or, if it’s God’s will that we face them, we will know to draw strength from Him via His Word, presence, prayer, the church, or whatever other method He reveals to us. God has already given us all the tools we need: armor of God, Holy Ghost, prayer, fasting, etc. A button is not included.

God’s got everything covered. Ask God to reveal to you the button(s) you have stashed away. We need to ask Him for the strength to throw those buttons in the garbage and replace them with something else more tangible, and more powerful than any button could ever provide. That, dear reader, is Jesus!