March 23, 2020
Defeating Discontentment, Half 2
As we speak’s Fact
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “due to this fact I’ll hope in Him” (Lamentations 3:24, ESV).
Buddy to Buddy
I typically run to God as if He’s a celestial Goal retailer, purposed to fulfill my each need and craving…
Change my household.
Repair my job drawback, God.
Do it my manner!
As an alternative of leaning in to listen to the whispered will of the Lord, I selfishly shout my will, my needs and my calls for.
Lord, give me aid from life-pressures as a substitute of giving me power to endure them.
After I’m determined to fill my mega-sized heart-cart with issues that I need, I rob myself of what actually issues: the pursuit of God and the blessings present in Him alone.
The reality is that even these of us who’re Jesus-girls, you realize… good Christian ladies who attempt every day to reside for Christ… frequently sin and wallow within the shallow, unsatisfying waters of discontentment.
We inform God what we’d like Him to do for us so we may be joyful after which count on Him to intervene in ways in which go well with us.
We blur the strains between our desires and our wants – between our plans and God’s plans.
In part one of this devotion, we had been reminded it’s potential and greatest to be happy in God. We checked out His care of the sparrows, thought-about that God loves us much more than he does the birds of the air, and had been challenged to not fear.
As we speak, we concentrate on prioritizing God above all else.
Matthew 6:33 instructs us to hunt God first: to look to Him as our Final. Our Portion. However search first the dominion of God and his righteousness, and all these items might be added to you. (Matthew 6:33, ESV)
What would it not appear like so that you can search God first in the present day?
David modeled this fantastically when he known as out to God within the midst of hassle and acknowledged Him as being sufficient. I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You’re my refuge, my portion within the land of the residing” (Psalm 142:5).
In Psalm 119, the psalmist acknowledges God as his portion and takes the second of give up a step additional by tethering his satisfaction with obedience. You’re my portion, O Lord; I’ve promised to obey your phrases. I’ve sought your face with all my coronary heart; be gracious to me in keeping with your promise (Psalm 119:57-58).
Life is unpredictable.
There’ll all the time be days that we need to yell, C’mon, God! Throw me a bone right here! I might use a little bit assist, please!
It’s not a nasty factor to name to God within the midst of our struggles. In reality, we ought to. We should! The massive recreation changer, nonetheless, is just not God’s presents – however His presence. Refuge from our circumstances and contentment within the midst of them is discovered within the middle of give up.
So what’s the connection level between our longings and His provision?
Maybe the higher query is just not what however who?
The late pastor and theologian Charles Spurgeon mentioned it this manner, “It isn’t ‘The Lord is partly my portion,’ nor ‘The Lord is in my portion’; however He Himself makes up the sum complete of my soul’s inheritance. Inside the circumference of that circle lies all that we possess or want. The Lord is my portion. Not His grace merely, nor His love, nor His covenant, however Yahweh himself.”
As soon as once more, Spurgeon hits the nail on the pinnacle.
We’re distracted cravers once we count on our individuals, locations and issues to fill our hearts as solely God can. God loves us a lot. Why will we overlook this on a regular basis? His plan is ideal and we will belief Him. He is aware of our wants and needs.
After we search the Lord as the reply as a substitute of for the reply, He permits us to relaxation in confidence that He’s engaged on our behalf and in our greatest curiosity, to convey glory to Himself by way of our lives.
Set your checklist of desires apart in the present day and search God.
Go earlier than Him with a coronary heart of worship and adoration.
Get misplaced in His presence.
Keep in mind His mercy.
Relish His grace.
Select Him as your Portion.
Expensive Lord, Please be my Portion. Forgive me for the instances once I search Your blessings earlier than I search Your coronary heart. You’re all I would like. In Jesus’s Title I pray, Amen.
Now It’s Your Flip
Learn and contemplate these verses: “Because the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the residing God.” (Psalm 42:1-2a)
Spend a second in prayer asking the LORD to extend your thirst for Him.
Years in the past, I co-wrote a tune known as “Middle of Give up” that invitations God to be our Portion in a really private manner. Click here to take heed to the tune on my weblog… let the lyric to turn into the prayer of your coronary heart in the present day.
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