“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”- 1 Timothy 6:17
Jeff Manion begins Chapter 11 (“Enjoy This”) of Satisfied by telling a story about his grandfather, who grew up in extreme poverty during the Great Depression. When Jeff’s young family went to visit Grandpa in eastern Wyoming, he took them to an “all-you-can-eat buffet”, marveling at the opulence of unlimited food. This wonder, of course, was lost on Jeff’s family. They considered such availability normal.
With our financial status severely compromised following our ministry downsizing or vocation loss, we find it impossible to identify with the wealthy Ephesians St. Paul addressed in 1 Timothy. Yet even in our adverse financial state, by global standards we still are wealthier than the majority of the world. Pastor Manion emphasizes that we need to conduct ourselves in a way that moves us toward the Lord rather than pushing us away from Him.
Our gracious Father has provided innumerable gifts for our enjoyment, as Psalm 104 reminds us. We must be intentional in our gratitude for those daily provisions that flood our lives. As Pastor Manion concludes: “Do you hear his voice inviting you to enter into joy?”
Today’s question: What daily blessings from the Lord clearly are evident in your desert. land between time? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Embracing God’s leading”