"God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him" - John Piper
I am currently reading a fantastic book by Francine Rivers, called 'Lineage of Grace'. This book focuses on women from the Old Testament who, at first glance, appear to be fairly insignificant in God's plan to save mankind. We quickly discover however, that God has in fact used the most unlikely women to bring about His purpose. Some of the elements in each story are interpretations by the author, but every chapter is based on biblical facts.
One of the chapters centres on the story of Rahab and the part she played in enabling the Israelites to enter Jericho. For 40 years prior to this moment, the Israelites had been wandering about in the desert, waiting for a way out, trusting in Joshua to lead them into the land that God had promised them. Throughout those 40 years, God had faithfully provided for them through manna being sent from heaven. He had always supplied just enough, so that they would never go hungry. The majority of Israelites had never known anything different, manna was the only food they had ever tasted and they had relied solely on God to provide for their needs.
On the other side of the wall, the people of Jericho were worshipping idols. They had come to rely on and get their self-worth and strength from these idols. The significance here is the difference between the two opposing camps - one was solely relying on and satisfied by the provisions of God; the other was unable to let go of the ungodly idols - eventually the cause of its demise.
So what little 'nugget of gold' did I take away from this? I was challenged by two things:
1) Am I truly satisfied by Him? By this, I mean do I root my everyday on His word and His promises or do I find myself focussing too heavily on worldly desires or being 'distracted' by other things?
2) Am I clinging on to 'idols' which could be hindering my walk with God? Idols can be anything which takes me away from spending time with God - be that my Facebook timeline or my latest obsession with having the perfect home! It will no doubt be something different for all of us.
'Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need'
Matt 6 v 33 NLT