Oct. 29, 2016

Dwelling in His Infinite Love

While contemplating the following passage earlier today, I came to the conclusion that “worldly security” is an oxymoron

“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5)

This brought up the question, Why should we neglect the Infinite Love that surrounds us and keeps us, in order to grab at the finite and material twigs and sticks destined for burning? I thought about that while picking up tree branches that the wind had tossed onto the lawn last night, as I broke them up into smaller pieces, saving some for kindling for the fireplace, and putting the rest in the yard waste dumpster.

The world’s way of doing things amounts to the pursuit of twigs and sticks, blown about by the winds, that end up in the woodpile - it is not what will last. The worldly way is to worry, be anxious, to make all sorts of plans and goals, and put forth a lot of blood, sweat, and tears - with all your efforts going into what is finite and is always passing away - an exercise in futility.

The Kingdom of Heaven is not about all that vain self effort - which either we leave behind at death, or which leaves us behind as it passes away. Why then do we proclaim Psalm 23 - “there is nothing I shall want” - and then go about life the same way the world does, full of anxiety and fear, as it seeks to hold on and to possess more and more of what has no lasting value?

Jesus challenges that. He says, “So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the lilies grow: They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith!” (Luke 12:26-28)

He invites us to ask, seek, and knock. He reminds us that we have not because we ask not. He says we can come boldly to the throne of grace. He declares that the adversary comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but that He came to bring us life and that in abundance. The promise from of old is that He withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly. It is every good and perfect gift that comes down from Above. He challenges us to delight ourselves in Him, and He will bring us the desires of our heart. He says our strength can be renewed like that of the eagles. His word - wherein we find all His amazing promises - goes forth and unfailingly accomplishes that for which He sends it. It glorifies Him when we ask and receive that our joy may be made full! He encourages us to keep setting our minds on things above, where He is seated with the Father, and where we are in Him… all the rest is essentially windfall!

Things of the material realm are not our aim. Times of scarcity may serve to remind us of the One in Whom we live, move, and have our being - and to start living from that perspective and consciousness, especially when all the “worldly methods” fail us. Whatever we need, pertaining to life and godliness, for the mission and purpose to which we are assigned in this earth life, is granted to us in the One Who is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. Yet He asks us to get our priorities right and to put first things first. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you!

After all, were you aware that “God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”? (Ephesians 2:4-7) It doesn’t get any sweeter than this!!!

What more could we ask?

Let us rejoice within Him Who is perfect infinite love and Whose intention toward us is for the good - to give us a hope and a future!

Hallelujah!

P.S. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to find other promises concerning God’s abundance and provision for His sons and daughters, and to prayerfully and gratefully ponder and receive them.

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