On a lazy Sunday afternoon I have a lot swirling in my brain. I have been enjoying a slow leisurely vacation with my hubby these past two weeks but Jesus has not slowed down in speaking to me through His Word, and for that I am thankful.
Sub-consciously I think summer is a time not only slow down in the busyness of life but in my relationship with the Lord. I don’t do it on purpose…Lord I know you will be there when I get back from ‘my’ vacation, you know in the fall when structure comes back to my days. Oh that dreaded word...mine. I sound like a 2 year old who won’t share her toys.
I continue to read through the Bible and am reading God’s Big Picture-Tracing the storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts with questions at the end of each chapter. Reading in Genesis a few days ago I read the very familiar passage about Adam and Eve and their choice to disobey God in eating from the tree in the middle of the garden. (Genesis 3) God stopped me on verse 6a
Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom.
What struck me was ‘the woman saw’. I will not add to scripture by suggesting what Eve was thinking other than what is written in the text, but it did get me to thinking, rather the Lord I am sure prompted me to ask myself, do I look at other things, or other people, or anything else rather than looking at Him for my true joy? Hasn’t God already given me everything to richly enjoy?( 1 Timothy 6:17) Why do I look past His proverbial shoulder seeing if there is ‘something else’ that will fill my heart rather than Him?
And in my New Testament reading in John 21 where Jesus asks Simon Peter,
Do you love me more than these?
I won’t speculate what ‘these’ means, but do I love Jesus more than anything or anyone?
Love is jealous…especially God’s love. He wants me, and I want everybody else.
God knows we all have this problem, loving everybody but him.
And you can usually tell that something here has become an idol because you have an extreme reaction when it is threatened. Jennie Allen from her book Anything
Yes, the wheels are turning as I ask myself many questions. I don’t want to wait for heaven to enjoy God. Where I am at today is the training ground for eternity, why would I wait until I’m there to love God with my entire being. He has given me everything, including good coffee, to richly enjoy.
Glorifying God and enjoying Him forever, starting today.
Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11.
Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4