Thursday, April 23, 2009
The thought has been going through my mind the last few days about Matt 6:25-34, an old scripture that we often just glance over and think we know. But have we experienced it? Verse 33 in the KJV says "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. " The Message says it like this: "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow."
This last year we've had to do that very thing and it has come to my attention that possibly this is one of the purposes of this journey. Verse 25 MSG says "If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion."
I'm also reading Refrigerator Rights by Dr. Will Miller and today it had me thinking. The whole precept of this book is that we have become so mobile that we have lost connection with the relationships that are so important in our lives, our support and accountability systems. We've done this in the pursuit of the American Dream - and we know where that has got us as a society today, in our economy. I digress, on page 72 he states "the researchers actually have found that the most materialistic individuals are the ones who are least satisfied with their current standard of living....seems to doom us to a life of dissatisfaction and constant longing for more." He also says that to most of us the idea of moving back home for the purpose of reconnecting seems quaint and humorous to people. I can only image that few would consider the possibility of never leaving in the first place.
One preacher said possibly our searching for success, climbing the ladder, is about digging our own cisterns. We convince ourselves that we are right in the middle of God's will and that He is blessing, when actually we are following our own desires.
I was thinking during my devotions about these scriptures and the concepts in the book. I've always been considered frugal, and to some cheap. :-) This year I've really had to practice this even more. And this has not been a bad thing. We drive by restaurants we used to think nothing about stopping in and grabbing a bite, then we go home and I cook. Things we formerly would think nothing of buying are now a luxury. But when all things are said and done, my satisfaction comes from Him and I'm at peace.
So again, God has shown Himself and that He has everything under control. I'm learning again to seek Him and leave the rest to Him. Even when you get news that should put your world to spinning, you lean on Him. After all this is a journey.