Monday, 28 January 2013

Are you truly satisfied?

"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



8 comments:

  1. hmmm, Facebook timeline certainly rings true! Congrats on the new blog :)

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  2. Thank you for reading and for being my first commenter!

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  3. Have you ever read the book The Red Tent? I really enjoyed it x

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    1. I haven't Sarah but just looked it up on Amazon - looks very similar to this. Another one to add to the reading list! Thanks for commenting x

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  4. I'm sat here humming now 'seek yee first the kingdom of God....'

    Mich x

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  5. Great post, S, and a timely (and timeless) challenge to us all who can so easily be distracted by so many things. I'm working on this one lately, too, as the sheer busyness of my season has crowded out my times of intimacy wiht the Father. We have to be so tough with our boundaries and ring fencing that time, don't we! Someone once said that 'you become more hungry the more you eat' when referring to the scriptures and worship. The opposite is true, i've found. The less time we spend with him and his word, the more the heart grows cold to him. And didn't Jesus say 'To him who has, more will be given?' PS The Red Tent is great, very interesting, but also quite negative toward Christianity (albeit very subtly). Still definitely worth a read, a brilliant way to understand and get under the skin of the early fathers, Jacob and their culture.

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  6. Ooo... I'm a HUGE Francine Rivers fan! Have you read "Redeeming Love"? It's her best book - based on the book of Hosea. AWESOME story which shows the depths of God's unconditional love for us. DEF worth a read! Claire x

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    1. I haven't....yet. But I like her writing style and found the whole book fascinating and very thought provoking so will look it up. Thanks for commenting :)

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