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A Proper Focus
1/7/2016

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

A few years back I received an email from a family member 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 eight 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.

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 enroute to their destinations. 

I have to admit, at first I was a little bummed out because I didn’t see what I expected or wanted to see. But as I sat there, my eyes began to adjust to the night and it seemed as if the stars began 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. 

The next morning I found myself thinking about my night out under the stars—how my expectations were not initially met, but how I was given much more.  I thought about how there can be a tendency within us to focus way too much on what we don’t have, while not noticing what we have right before us.   We can fill our mind and eyes with the things we desire, hope for, or maybe even feel we deserve, but completely miss the blessing we have been given and that is right in front of us.

Now when I find myself tempted to be discontent in a situation because I am not getting what I expected, I will make it my goal to take some time to wait and see what God is going to reveal to me.  Perhaps He has a plan to provide something greater, or it could be that He is simply giving me an opportunity for me to be content in all things, and to be a blessing to others by having a proper and pleasant attitude.

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 think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: 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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: We have been given so many blessings, including forgiveness, eternal life, and the promise of perfect peace as we keep our minds fixed upon God and trust Him (Isa. 26:3).  I want to encourage you to choose to focus on what God has already provided for you, and learn to be content in every situation. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your abundant blessings upon my life.  Thank You for giving me Your Son to die in my place.  Thank You for Your mercies that are new each day.  Thank you for the food and clothing You have provided for me throughout my life.  Help me 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

 


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