5 Lies We Believe That Lead Us To Ignore God

Do you find yourself ignoring God sometimes?

When I was younger, I had a deficit when it came to my hearing. This was only according to my mom because whenever I had a hearing test at school, I passed with flying colors. She told me I had “selective” hearing.  Somehow, I would tune out certain phrases or words that involved doing a chore I didn’t want to do. “Sorry Mom, I never heard you say that” was a phrase that left my mouth from time to time.

Maybe I didn’t hear my mom or maybe I intentionally ignored her, I’ll let you be the judge. When it comes to God, all of us have suffered from “selective” hearing and at times, have outright ignored God. This usually looks like avoiding him by not praying and spending time in his word. Why do we do this when we know he is ultimately what we desire? (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Here are 5 lies we let ourselves believe that lead us to ignore God:

1. God is not happy with me.

Whenever we think of God as a disappointed father, we tend to go in the opposite direction. If you are sinning or have sinned, you might believe you need to get yourself right before you go back to God. While repentance is important, God’s happiness or love for you is not based on your performance. He loves you right now, no matter what you’ve done. The same affection he has for Jesus, he has for you. God says, “This is my Son (or Daughter), whom I love; with him (or her) I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

2. I need more “me time.”

Self-care is important but this statement can often be a cover for “I want to do what feels good.” We seek comfort outside of God and allow these things to take the place of true comfort, which only comes from Him. The peace that you want comes from “the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our troubles.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

3. I’m too busy.

This lie is nefarious because being busy is often held as a badge of honor. Many people have crammed so many things into their lives because they want to win and be seen as a successful person. They have the wrong view of success. Real success is doing what God has called us to do. Staying close to Jesus is the only way to reach the goal line he has for you. (Ephesians 2:10)

4. I’ve got this.

We can ignore God because we think we don’t need him. The idea that you are in control and you can take care of life on your own is an illusion that will soon fade. Something at your job or a person in your life will make it clear you “don’t got this” by yourself. God is the one who is in charge from the beginning to the end. (Isaiah 46:8-10)

5. Everything is fine.

Living with an ongoing sin habit in your life will dull your conscience to it. You can be following Christ in most areas but that one sin you know is wrong and haven’t repented of will push you away from him. We need to believe that when we confess our sins, he will forgive us and purify us. (1 John 1:9)

Ask yourself, which of these lies has been causing you to ignore God?
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