Aug 22 2017

Loving the Promise More Than the Promise Keeper

“Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:9-10

I got up this morning to get some coffee and my dog followed me to the kitchen.  She obviously wanted a treat and so I got the bag of Real Bacon Bits out of the fridge and her eyes were glued to that bag.  I moved it to the left of me and her eyes followed.  I moved it to the right and the same thing.  I put it behind my back hoping that she would look me in the face, but her eyes were looking through me for the promise of what was in the bag. I was so wanting to connect with her on an intimate level.  Disappointed that she was more interested in the gift than me, the giver, I gave it to her anyways because I love her.

And so it is with us and God at times.  We look to Him as being there for us, to give us things, when quite the opposite is true.  We were created for His good pleasure (Colossians 1:16).  In II Corinthians 11:3 it speaks of Gods desire to have our attention and sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  He delights in His children seeking Him and has made provision for those who seek the things of His heart.  Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Psalm 84:11 tells us “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”  That is to say those who honestly seek righteousness in their lives, not that we are perfect.  He takes great pleasure in blessing us as we take pleasure in Him. Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

The question is, are we looking past and through our God for that which we may get from Him, missing the intimacy of fellowship with our Creator, and the purpose He desires in our lives, a close relationship with Him?  Is it possible that He is holding His gifts to you “behind His back” in hopes you will seek His face?  In Psalm 26:2 David writes “Examine me, O’ Lord, and try me; test my mind and my heart.”   Let us each look at our own hearts and understand our motives.  Let us approach our Lord with a simple devotion to knowing Him.  He will take care of the rest.

Psalm 31:19  “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.”

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II Corinthians 11:2-4 – But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

Colossians 1:16 – For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.

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