Missing God’s Gifts

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Key Bible Verse: Jesus replied: “I am the bread that gives life! No one who comes to me will ever be hungry. No one who has faith in me will ever be thirsty.” (John 6:35, CEV)

Dig Deeper: 

What has your experience with God been like up to now? Does your faith ever feel less like a new lease on living and more like an old leash? Do you feel like deep down God says no to you more than yes? Are you focused more on what to avoid rather than what to embrace? Have you reduced faith down to duty and responsibility rather than joy and love?

The result of not fully understanding God’s yes is a subtle drift in our heart from the One that we love. We starve ourselves from many of God’s good gifts for a while, then engage in a binging and purging cycle with everything from food to church involvement, pursuits that are anything but healthy in their extremes.

A root issue is that we are not fully embracing God’s yes to every part of our life and world. Think about it for a moment. Imagine enjoying God thoroughly and as a by-product celebrating food, sex, work, marriage, meaningful relationships with our kids, helping others, and living in contentment before him. All of these things are gifts from God and are given for our enjoyment. We simply have to stop treating our pursuit of meaning and satisfaction like a weekend trip to Vegas.

– Jud Wilhite in The God of Yes

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