Archive for September, 2007

Contentment

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Psalm 78:20-22: “Behold, He struck the rock, so that waters gushed out, and streams were overflowing; ‘Can He give bread also? Will He provide meat for His people?’ Therefore the Lord heard and was full of wrath, and a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also mounted against Israel; because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation.” Psalm 78:41-42: “And again and again they tempted God, and pained the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power, the day when He redeemed them from the adversary.” 1 Corinthians 10:5-6: “Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness. Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved.” (NASB)

Just a thought: After reading the above verses of Scripture, it reminded me of the great and awesome power that our heavenly Father displayed in order to deliver His children (those who accept His salvation through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ) from our ultimate adversary, Satan.

No greater display of power has ever been seen on this earth than when Jesus was raised from the dead after being brutally crucified! No greater miracle has ever taken place on this earth than when we became born-again from within with God’s Holy Spirit! No greater display of love has ever been seen on this earth than God offering us His only begotten Son for our salvation! No greater display of a selfless love has ever been seen on this earth than when Jesus willingly gave up His life for our salvation, even as we hurled insults at Him and spit upon Him!

God forbid that we would ever let our circumstances dictate – cause us to question God’s power to deliver us from our adversary; to question God’s provision for us; to question God’s comprehensive salvation for us; to question God’s love for us!

1 Timothy 6:6: “But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment.” (NASB)

The closer I get to God, the more profound 1 Timothy 6:6 becomes to me. Truly, truly, godliness is an awesome gain! Truly, truly, I find great contentment in godliness for man does not live by bread alone! Truly, truly, godliness from within is great gain as it confirms my deliverance from this world – from this Egypt to God’s Promised Land, i.e., His Kingdom, i.e., Heaven! Truly, truly, what else do I need? Whether or not I live or die, I thank my heavenly Father for His awesome salvation.

Prayer: Father, despite my circumstances what can I do, but humbly fall at Your feet and say thank you. Father, despite my circumstances what can I do, but humbly fall at Your feet and give You all my praise. Father, despite my circumstances what can I do, but humbly fall at Your feet and give You all my heart. Father, despite my circumstances what can I do, but humbly fall at Your feet and thank you for Your great and awesome salvation. Father, despite my circumstances what can I do, but humbly fall at Your feet and thank you for Your great and awesome provisions for me.

May my heart – my lips never bring accusation against Your love, against Your deliverance, or against Your provision through words of complaint. For truly, truly, godliness with contentment is indeed great gain. Amen and Amen!

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