How I See This Passage

How I See This Passage

Heb 13:5-6

5 Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” 6 we can boldly quote,

God is there, ready to help;
I’m fearless no matter what.
Who or what can get to me?

(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

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God and Other Unimportant Things

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A writer once said, “You eventually become what you worship…”.  The book of Proverbs says it in a similar thought: “A man becomes what’s in his heart” Whereas Luke says that your heart always follows what you treasure”. Elections, land reform, legislation, like the RH Bill, the Olympics, movies, movie stars, the economy  and the like seem to have taken the forefront of most conversations as of late.  It almost seems that these topics flow out of each on-going conversation throughout society.  In almost epidemic-like proportions, people have become obsessed with these issues.  And where is God in all of this?  He was shoved in the back burner somewhere along with the other unimportant nuisance topics that we want to evade and escape. 

Who wants to talk about God anyway?  There are far too many needs, priorities, and topics that seem more pertinent and practical than He.   That is… Until disaster strikes!  In the wake of last week’s torrential rains that resulted in almost Noahic proportions turning most of the country into a kingdom that Neptune himself would love to rule; and the Colorado Movie Theater massacre that left men, women and children slaughtered by a man feigning insanity (when he doesn’t seem to be so)- “God Talk” has emerged from the back room and has been thrust into the forefront and front-lines! In the midst of all the tragedy, we find ourselves at a loss and desperately seeking for answers that Philosophy and Scientology claimed we already had inside our heart of hearts-only to find that for every answer we discover, a hundred questions arise from it just the same! How exasperating and disillusioning it all is! In the words of Solomon the King…”I have searched the world above and below and found it all to be vanity and endless banter!”

In all of man’s efforts to steer away from God, he finds himself in the very path TO GOD. As man refuses to consider God, he prompts nature to cry out and catch his attention. The good book said beautifully when it said, “when people refuse to recognize His name, the rocks and stones will cry out (paraphrased) and when they do… they catch man’s attention. When all those tragedies struck, all the talk about elections, land reform, legislation, like the RH Bill, the Olympics, movies, movie stars, the economy and the like all took a back seat in an instant. For some reason, those things that enslaved our attention seemed so minute, finite and insignificant. When nature, (be it human or ecology) shouts, it usually commands that kinds of reaction. And in that same instant, we find ourselves looking UP and asking the same God we discarded for answers and more so-comfort.So where does God fit into your conversation and more so, your daily life? Is He still in the back room with all the “unimportant things”? Allow Him to permeate your today…everyday! Think about it.

Never Fully Satisfied

Never Fully Satisfied

 

 “Inside the heart of man is a God-shaped vacuum. And man will never be truly happy until man fills that vacuum with God” – Blaise Pascal

 

SATISFACTION; this is what the world tries to offer.  Strategies are formed, promotions are plugged in and creative teams are hired.  All with the purpose of convincing people that they can give to them the satisfaction they desire. Truly enough however, these people do give us some semblance of satisfaction.  This however is short-lived!

 

The Bible says a lot of things about contentment.  It challenges us to be content in “whatsoever state we are in”.  It further encourages us to “be thankful” in everything and at all times. In all this, we find at least two facts. The first is that true satisfaction can only come from God and with God. Many people throughout history have found such peace and satisfaction and since then have never been the same.  They have understood that no amount of earthly thing or experience can fill the void of God.  The second fact is where many Christian’s make their biggest mistake.  These people discover that they have found their satisfaction in Christ and yet lead on with their lives trying to fill daily personal, emotional and material fulfillment with earthly things. Admittedly, this world does really offer a lot of nice things.  The problem is that things and experience will never give lasting results.  The truth is that God at times allows us to never be fully satisfied here on earth.  Rather, he allows us to experience shortages, trials, unfulfilled dreams, disappointments and even sicknesses. When we go through things like these, we begin to learn to look to Him and to long for that perfect place called heaven.  Heaven is a place of being fully satisfied.  Heaven is an unimaginable place that man’s very finite mind can never truly comprehend until that one day when it finally finds absolute rest and satisfaction in the midst of it!  It is the place of total satisfaction.  Man was created for heaven and we will never be fully satisfied ‘til we get there.  Have the stormy times got you down?  We’re not home yet. Find your shelter in Him.

 

Do You See What I See?

Real Prayer

We see life much differently than the way Jesus sees it. We basically see things from a one dimensional-earthly perspective. Though we know that we are not here permanently, we operate every aspect of our lives on a temporal plane. We see our wants with a sense of urgency and yet we view the things that God meant to be important as temporary. So easily we look and value the outward things whereas Jesus looks on the heart. If we could only see what Jesus sees…what a change it would be!

The woman who lived a sinful life saw herself in the way Jesus saw her. She saw herself as one who can have a new beginning with Christ. She didn’t mind what other people thought of her. She saw through the humiliation and rejection and desired the greater thing that Jesus offered. She knew that Jesus was offering her something she’d been looking for all her life…true Love and Forgiveness. She came with an extravagant gift not to impress Jesus BUT THAT SHE COULD LOVE HIM IN EXTRAVAGANTLY. For how could you impress someone with an expensive gift if that someone owned all the world’s riches? How can you impress someone with your power when that someone is the Almighty? And how can you impress someone with great knowledge when He already knows all things? On that day, a mortal impressed an Immortal; the finite caught the attention of that which was infinite and man answered the prayer of God. That day, this woman put a smile on the face of God. She did so not with a gift but with her heart.

She saw what was important to God. She looked at her possessions and saw that the greatest purpose for it would be to love God with it. She saw her life and immediately she understood that it was best if given for the Master’s use. She valued what was important to God and thus, God regarded her and her actions with the greatest value.

If we can only see what Jesus sees, it would change the way we GIVE, LIVE AND LOVE. IN FACT, IT WOULD CHANGE EVERYTHING!