Whew-jet lag hit me hard this time. Coupled with a bronchial bug that I caught on the way home, I’ve been laid low for a couple of days. Doing much better today, though. Eager to get back to my office again!
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The last blog entry spoke about the feast that God has prepared for those who want a share in His kingdom. There are several verses in the Psalms that speak to the same theme. Take Psalm 81:10 for example: “For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.” And Psalm 81:16: “But I would feed you with the best of foods, I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”
There’s no doubt that God has spiritual delicacies planned for us. And yet, speaking personally, I sometimes feel like He’s out to starve me, to complicate my life, to prevent me from being fulfilled. I think I know what’s best – if only God would see things my way! I forget that He wants to feed me with the finest and satisfy me completely. Have you ever felt that way?
Trusting that God really wants to fill us with good things and to satisfy us with honey from the rock isn’t always easy. Why not? Because it all boils down to our understanding of who He is, and sometimes that’s sorely lacking. For instance, how much do we really comprehend His sacrificial love for us? How much do we really understand His wisdom and sovereignty in our lives? Do we really believe that He knows best, and that He’s able to turn even the ugly into something of beauty for those who love Him? If we claim to know and trust Him, our mouths should be stretched wide, wider, even wider as we wait expectantly for Him to feed us.
What hinders us from being filled with the good things God promises? It’s clear but painful: “My people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. So I let them follow their blind and stubborn way, living according to their own desires” (vv. 11,12).
Ouch! Speaking personally again, my own desires often get in the way. I want to satisfy myself with what I think is best, but God in His goodness has better things in store. How about you? Can you relate to what I’m saying?
“God, forgive us for following our blind and stubborn way and for living according to our own desires. Change our hearts and teach us to trust You with our entire being. Grant us the faith to open our mouths wide so You can fill them with good things. Feed us, Father, with the best of foods. Satisfy us with honey from the rock. In Jesus’ name, amen.”