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Focusing On What We Have Been Given

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 1 Timothy 6:8 (NKJV)

I received an email a few days ago from my Aunt Pam.  She had sent over some information about something called The Quadrantid Meteor Shower.  The Quadrantid’s as they are known, happen each January and they are a brief shower lasting only about 8 hours, and depending on the light of the moon, or other city lights, their visibility can be greatly diminished.  The email was detailed, even providing a link for further information for the meteor shower, as well as a link to synchronize my phone to notify me when it was time for the shower to start.  So I set my alarm and went about my day.

It just so happened my wife was gone for the evening, and I was doing some writing, when my alarm went off, reminding me of my appointment with the night sky.  It was a brisk 32 degrees outside, so I bundled up and went out in my back yard and sat down in my chair and began to gaze into the night.  I was excited with anticipation to see the bright streaking lights of meteors racing across the sky, but nothing happened—no meteors.  I sat outside for about an hour and a half, and the only thing I was able to see moving was a few satellites and the usual airplane traffic enroot to their destinations. 

At first I have to admit, I was a little bummed out, because I didn’t see what I expected or wanted to see.  I even prayed for the Lord to show me at least one meteor before I called it a night, but it never happened.   But as I sat there, my eyes began to adjust to the night and it seemed as if the stars begin to appear more readily.  Just minutes earlier, it was as if I could count the stars, but now there were thousands more clearly in view.  Instead of staying bummed with what I wasn’t seeing, I began to focus on what God had provided in abundance, and I soon found myself very blessed and content. 

As I thought about this the following morning, the Lord reminded me of how this happens in many aspects of our lives.  We can tend to focus way too much on what we don’t have, or we can speak about the things we think or feel we deserve—all the while not noticing what we have right before us.   I see this happening in relationships very much, as the enemy weaves his strongholds of pride, unforgiveness, bitterness and self-entitlement into our lives.   And unless we seek and implement the wise counsel of God’s word, we can suffer much loss. 

I find myself thanking the Lord today for the many blessings He has graciously bestowed upon me, including my personal and church family, as well as the many friendships I have been blessed with.  I thank the Lord for each of you, and I pray we will continue to encourage and strengthen each other in our walk with God.  I pray as you look around today, that the Lord would clearly reveal to you each of His abundant blessings.  

Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:3-4 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION:  We have been given so many blessings, including forgiveness, eternal life, and the promise of perfect peace if we keep our minds fixed upon God and trust Him (Isa. 26:3).  According to 1 Tim. 6:8, what should we be content with?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you truly content with simply food and clothing, or is your contentment contingent upon having much more?

APPLICATION:  Let’s choose to focus on what God has already provided for us, and learn to be content in every situation. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your abundant blessings upon our lives.  Thank You for giving us Your Son to die in our place.  Thank You for Your mercies that are new each day.  Thank you for the food and clothing You have provided for us throughout our lives.  Help us to see every blessing in the proper perspective, and to share these things with those in need.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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