Are we missing out?
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
When we are in tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or facing the sword, our natural inclination will be to realize that they are beyond our control and we run or stick close to our higher power/Defender/Protector/Provider which is God. However, when all things seem perfect, blissful, contented, not much of great cares of life to stretch us and we are cruising on auto or just sailing along, are we missing out on God’s best? Strange thought in these days of economic turmoil and global woes.
Alternatively, are we fighting so hard on surviving that we are doing things on our own in our human finite perspectives and clawing for solutions from others as human as us, and not realizing enough that He is there with open arms ready to receive us or respond to us in our needs for our greater eternal good?
Although the love of God is always with us, could it be that we have deprived ourselves much of it caused unwittingly by our
- stubbornness because of flowing with our mindsets and lifestyles ? We have become self-sufficient and isolated – I can do all things by myself, closing doors in our face and ignoring God’s prompting for face to face helps through/to family, friends, loved ones from the family of God and colleagues
- pursuit of great technological discoveries that take our creativity and thirst for knowledge and instant communication and sharing to heights/depths never known before? Are we allowing the internet, websites take an increasing amount of our time, gnawing at our time schedules without our realizing our loss from missed private devotions with God, sharing under the facade of anonymity and less accountability
- our unquenching wants for the things of this world? – the trendy, the creative investments, be like the Joneses and paying by credit cards past our real financial limits, increasing consumption of alcohol after a hard day’s work for some mindless release, viewing sites which give fantasy pleasures.
Can it be I am my worst enemy?
Do we need to re-discover the truism of the words of Francis of Assisi:
“It is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
This is not a full blog.. but just today’s dim sum(Chinese- small dish of tasty portions taken with others as part of a great breakfast or lunch) for thought.
May God help us not be blinded by Today.