Seeing & Savoring: The Sufficiency of God

I had planned to write a New Year’s/goals-type blog at this time, but I came across this blog that I had posted once before on Xanga over four years ago. Many of you were not at Missio Dei then or, if you were, you may not have read it or you may have forgotten it. Much has changed since then; the Lord, however, does not change. I did not change this blog either, except to add a second verse at the end. This was not written in response to any specific situation or incident at that time, but I believe it is apropos of the circumstances in which we find ourselves at this time. I pray that it may it be a source of inspiration and encouragement to you.

SEEING AND SAVORING: The Sufficiency of God

As I sat out in our backyard watching the approaching darkness, I became aware of the gradual quieting of the neighborhood. The sirens had stopped, and the clamor of cars, airplanes, and neighbors’ dogs had subsided, until the sound of our gentle waterfall prevailed, accompanied only by the muted chorus of crickets in the background. I was absorbed by my surroundings; not even a mosquito assailed me. As I delighted in God’s unexpected gift of perfect summer weather in October, I began to think that perhaps it would be nice to move to a warmer climate, to be able to enjoy such days more often. But it suddenly occurred to me that, had I not the dreary cold winters and the wet, muddy springs, I would not be able to savor this glorious moment with such enjoyment and satisfaction.

The same is true, is it not, in the measure of our satisfaction in Jesus Christ? How deeply could we see and savor Him, unless we experienced seasons of dryness, discouragement, and despair? Until we understand how deep is our sin, how far is our heart from Him, how worldly are our desires, we will not understand our desperate need of Him. We need to experience temptations and trials in order that God may reveal those earthly desires, that deep pit of sin that is our heart. We need to have our glass of water tapped smacked, that the contents of our heart may spill out so that they can be hidden from us–suppressed by us no longer. It may be embarrassing, it may be hideous, it may seem discouraging; but, once we get past the painful awareness of how short we fall from God’s standard of perfection, then we can begin to mortify our fleshly deeds. As we yield to the Spirit’s leading to conform ourselves a bit closer to His holy image, we get a taste of the satisfaction we can experience as we see Christ a little more clearly. The more we enjoy and savor that taste, the more we will desire it. We learn to welcome the trials as invitations to feast at the Lord’s table of sufficiency, sovereignty, and supremacy.

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed are they who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”’ Psalm 57:5

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