Sometimes it’s the smallest phrases that can show some of our deepest sins. I think this is the case with the phrase, “I need a beer.” We’ve all experienced one of those days where everything seems to go wrong. You wake up late (or too early), there’s no hot water in the shower, there’s no milk for cereal (worst, it’s sour), you’re bombarded with problems at work, you forget to take your lunch (or don’t even have time to eat it), your car has a flat, your mugged by a band of gypsies, a meteor falls from the sky and destroys your house, and your shoe laces break when you’re tying them. You get home from work to your burning crater in the ground and utter the words, “I need a beer.”
While we’ve all done this in one way or another, there is a issue of the heart with this phrase. In that moment, we are showing a lack of satisfaction in Jesus. We are saying to God, “You’re good…but you’re not good enough.” When we’ve had crappy days, we shouldn’t be seeking rest and comfort in a beer (cause it will ultimately fail us). We should have a heart for Jesus. David (who had A LOT of crappy days) said it this way:
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
(Psalm 63:1 ESV)