Psalms 17::15 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”
We all have “things” we like in this world…and that’s okay.
It’s when the things in this world become so important we actually don’t want to leave it, that things get out of sorts – our priorities get skewed – and we forget that God is all we need.
I don’t know about you, but in my life, I have allowed things in the past to block my view of God and during those times when I was angry with him because I thought we went away from me…..he was actually the same, in the same place…..I know now that it was me that changed; I had allowed the world to distract me so much I couldn’t even see him.
Have you ever had one of those days, when you looked everywhere for your glasses, only to find they were on your head all along…..?
Look at the world around you ~ the more “things” that the world invents, the more that a technological world can offer, the more God seems to disappear from the scene. Inventions are great – medicine, transportation, etc. The problem arises when these things are made available, we are immediately told that we cannot possibly live without them..yet, weren’t we living before they came along?
Seems to me, back when the world had less, much less even, our world had more of God.
So what has changed? NOTHING – well, at least God hasn’t!
I don’t think it’s wrong to have comforts in this world – I thank God each day for all my comforts. But there is a difference between what brings us comfort and what we actually need to live. I believe God does distinguish between the two.
I feel particularly qualified to speak to this subject since I have been both blessed abundantly by God for my needs and comforts, and I have also been totally without anything but the shirt on my back.
God’s grace proved to be sufficient for me during the darkest times of my life. Turns out, I really didn’t need a house, a car, a change of clothes for every day of the week, a computer, a cell phone, a job, an Ipod…..nope, I didn’t really need anything! So why did I feel so needy?
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
It’s not God that makes us feel so needy……it’s the world that constantly pushes us to have things; to acquire more and more and more and more…..isn’t it interesting how it seems the world has so much to offer, and yet actually has nothing to offer us that matters once we leave this world?
In the end ~ you will take nothing with you – not even your family. Is there anything that you “own” right now that you think would make a difference for you when you pass from this world? Anything that could possibly keep you from leaving this world?
Try this excercise….
Divide a piece of paper in half…..title one side God, the other World.
Now, think of everything you “own” right now….
What you think you need for God…list on that side of the paper, and likewise, what you need for the World, list on that side of the paper.
This little exercise may take some time – but actually – it shouldn’t take any time at all if you think about it….
Psalms 62:5 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”