Thursday, June 10, 2010

What's ENOUGH for You?

"Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory." COLOSSIANS 3:2-4

There are a lot of moments/days when I feel like I'm at the end of my rope. I'm consumed with TO DO lists, pressures, ideas, hopes, and plenty of thoughts about myself and what I need or want...and a lot of concerned prayer for others (because, through this ministry, we are contacted by people every day who are facing overwhelming circumstances).

Only because I have trust in and strength from Almighty God can I make it through. I'm so thankful for the peace I have even amidst the storms of life. Nonetheless, I often find myself craving more tangible and more frequent expressions of our loving and ever-present God in my life.

I've been blessed and stretched lately to re-consider my cravings for a more tangible experience of God. I've been convicted of being almost addicted to NEEDING to have some circumstantial or visible evidence of God's blessing or those emotional boosts that God finds occasion to provide. Yet, lately, it seems everywhere I turn, I'm being challenged to have faith that does NOT see...and does not always even FEEL. I've been prompted to just KNOW.

Yesterday's devotion in "Glorifying God" by Thomas Watson (compiled and adapted by Patti Hummel) pointed me to an important truth in a very simple way:

"Mercy coming to us in a covenant is sweetest. It was mercy that God would give Isreal rain, bread to fill them, peace, and victory over enemies, but it was a greater mercy that God would be their God."

What do you think? I know, it's a little heady and deep but well worth our taking pause to noodle it a bit.

Do you struggle between feeling like you're not getting enough of God while also having times of deep assurance that He simply IS who He says He is...and that is enough?

What do you do about it?

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