Psalm 62:1-2 “To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.”
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We have been duped into thinking more is better – in everything. And in some cases, more may be better.
But when it comes to life and relationships, the ability to solely focus on the one to whom we direct our affection and attention is paramount. There are some of us out there, who, if we would only set our whole heart, mind, body, and soul on the relationships in our life, would have more success and find more joy than we have ever known.
In today’s society, we have a first, second, and a third plan for marriage, parenting, friends, careers, and finances; and a way to escape should it all fall apart. We live with one foot in and one foot out. We give only half of ourselves to everything and feel as if we are so busy; so stressed, and stretched so thinly that we end our day exhausted with little time to recoup.
We often go after the new and shiny thing in our life. Our car isn’t as clean, as new or have the latest tech, and we are putting ourselves further in debt just to satisfy our desires.
We are captured by technology – the latest phone; the bigger screen, the ability to pull more of the world before our eyes in a single glance.
Our marriage has become dull or routine. Our children take more work, cause more headaches, and give back far less. Our friends demand our time and God… He has been pushed to the side long ago.
Before you think me a pessimistic curmudgeon, with a horrible outlook; I challenge you, as does the psalmist in our passage today, to set our affections on things above and God only and see if that doesn’t change things.
So many times, we are given an inside look into the lives of those gone before us to see how they fared – and with far less than we have today.
So many of us today who call ourselves ‘Christian’, live more like we are polytheistic (having many gods) than solely dependent upon God like we profess. If we were to look at our lives and quantify the amount of time we spend on any one given thing, we would be shocked to find out how little we think of God and how much we have invested in this world.
How much of our time is spent reading our Bible? Meditating on the truths we’ve learned? Studying how to be a better spouse, a better parent, a better friend, a better brother or sister or child to our parents? Looking to God for how to be a better worker in my workplace?
How much time can we say has been spent on our knees in prayer? Not just speaking AT God with our list of wants for Him to do for us, but genuinely supplicating, petitioning God for Him to be worshipped and glorified in our lives and the lives of those around us?
How many times have we opened a dialogue with our Heavenly Father over the salvation of a soul? How often has it been that we honestly waited on God for an answer to a specific prayer request?
When was the last time we were quiet and still; enjoying the presence of God after a time of confession and repentance?
When was the last time we heard His voice or even took the time to listen after we asked a series of questions?
When was the last time we searched out someone in our church whose name we did not know and introduce yourself? Can we say that we have been faithful to every service? Would others say the same?
We are often blown about by every wind that comes; taken in by the new slogan, the new truth, the new church, the latest music, and the new method of reaching people. We jump in with both feet only to find that anything worthwhile in life takes time and energy and an investment that many of us feel we cannot afford.
Again, we leave unsatisfied looking for another new and shiny thing to latch on to.
David said, “He only…”
I guess we could ask this – “Is God at the center of every facet of your life?”
Is God in your Bible reading? Do you ask Him things hard to understand and wait for an answer? Do we allow Him to guide us to other places in our Bible that support the truth in which He so desires us to be firmly grounded?
Is God in my prayer life? Or is He the delivery service that I give my list to and wait impatiently for Him to fill?
Does my family know and see me as the man or woman of God I say that I am by how I speak and act around them?
Do I seek God when I attend church? Do I come clean, prayed up, and wanting to be a blessing and looking to receive one as well?
Will we go off to work today looking to glorify God in how I interact with my coworkers? Do they know me as kind, compassionate, and Christian by my testimony as well as my words?
When God is at the center of all the things of my life, I can ask if the program I am about to watch would be pleasing to Him. Will I be obedient enough to listen and do as He would ask if He spoke in the negative?
When God is at the center of my marriage, my parenting, my friendships, and family; I freely ask Him to help in every aspect, every trial, every failure, and shortcoming. I have often heard the statement:
“When you find that God is all you have, you will find He’s all you need!”
He asks us to be still and know that He is God.
Once we know Him, it becomes much easier to place all our faith and trust in Him for everything. Our Heavenly Father seeks to be our sole protector and provider. He will not force His way into our life; we must allow Him to take control… of everything.
Begin the day by allowing God to come into your routine. Soon, you will find He becomes your routine.
My Heavenly Father has given everything for me to become His child. He deserves far more of me that I have given to Him!