Say there were no consequences for overeating your favorite thing – what would it be? This time of year it would be pecan pie for me, but ask me another day and I would choose fries and a Coke.
We fill up on all kinds of things everyday – not just our tummies. Our minds.
When our children were growing up we used to find all kinds of ways to help them see that what they allow into their thoughts will eventually come out in their actions. They, like us, push those boundaries. Ever think about all the mess in the world around us and where it comes from? Minds filled with selfish ways, minds so far led astray they are filled with evil intentions.
A bit closer to home – ever think about why our troubles loom large? Just like food for our bodies, our souls need us to fill up on God’s Word. To acknowledge we are filled with the Holy Spirit and be full of all that is of God. It is then fears will fade.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV) The thief – not only the enemy of our soul, but the selfishness of a world bent on filling up with that which is temporary. Jesus didn’t come to give us a temporary high, a momentary rest – no, Jesus did all He did that we could have life – forever! A life so full it spills over to those who are hungry – and so full it carries us through all these temporary troubles straight into eternity.
We go around like we’re waiting on God to fix everything – what if we went around knowing He already has? Didn’t Jesus do away with death – with our every wrong? YES, and so much more. There is this time between when He went back to the Father and when He will return for us – the filling up time. Oh Father help us not to waste now on worry. “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who take refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8 NLT)
Taste, just try it – a bit of His Word, a bit of prayer. Oh, it is good. Fill us up, Holy Spirit, to the brim – let us be so full of all that God has for us we will never settle for temporary fixes.
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