Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bargain Blessings

 You are right and you do right, Godyour decisions are right on target. You rightly instruct us in how to live ever faithful to you. My rivals nearly did me in, they persistently ignored your commandments. Your promise has been tested through and through, and I, your servant, love it dearly. 
(Psalm 119:137-140 The Message)

You may have heard the saying, "It takes one to know one!"  In God's case, it is part of his character to not only BE right, but to DO right - - meaning there is no decision he makes that is NOT on target.  Don't you wish you could say the same about yourself?  How many times have you bought a certain outfit (on the best sale of the year), determined that the "price" was what mattered, not that it even looked all that great on you?!?  

Price is important - - being something that falls well on your frame, compliments your coloring, and goes with other things in your wardrobe is quite different!  There are times we "count the cost" as too high - - overlooking the things on the rack with the "power" to make us look our best - - simply because of the price!  We avoid the name brand department stores (those upper-crust ones), choosing to look at the "dime-store" versions instead.  Then we wonder why someone else looks so "put together" in their outfits and we look kind of "pieced together".

Don't get me wrong - - the discount stores are great and I have found huge deals on occasion!  But...not every "bargain" is really a "bargain"!  When it comes to the directing of our life by God, every move he makes in "tailoring" our lives is perfect!  He is not a "discount store" or "sale rack" God!  In fact, I am sure he "custom tailors" exactly what will "fit" our frame!  In so doing, he is "outfitting" our minds with the best things designed specifically to affect our heart!

His decisions for us are "right on target"!  He is right, so he knows how to produce "right" in us!  Here's the rub - - we resist the "right fit" because it requires we go a little out of our way, demands a higher cost from us up front, or we just don't believe it is really what we need!  

God targets certain things in our life (at this very moment) because it IS what we need!  There are days we go to the store to specifically buy undies - - it is because we need them!  We don't buy them every trip to the store - - just when we need them!  God works on what we NEED - - not always on what we want!  The days we go to the store for shoes and come home with undies, our feet will be pretty cold!  Scripture tells us that God doesn't give us a stone when we ask for bread, or a snake when we ask for a fish.  Yet, deep down, I wonder if we really expect the bread or the fish???

When we settle for the "whatever you wanna give me, God" mentality, we are telling God we are fine with the "bargains".  Maybe it is because we don't see ourselves as deserving the "best", or there is an underlying fear of seeking the best.  God never asks for his kids to "settle" - - when it comes to his grace revealed in us, he wants us to display his "best" in us.  He wants to "hit target" every time in our lives!  In doing so, he "adorns" us with what is "right on" for us - - uniquely and purposefully prepared to "fit us" as we need to be fit!

Maybe we would do well to ask ourselves if we are just doing a whole lot of "bargain shopping" as it pertains to our walk with God.  If we find that we are, then maybe it is time to ask God to direct us to the things that will "fit" us in the best possible way - - accomplishing exactly what he desires in our lives!  Remember, it takes one to know one - - this is why I can associate with other "bargain" shoppers!  I have done my share of "bargain" shopping in God's spiritual department store.  It wasn't until I felt the "fit" of his best that I realized how much the "bargain" was no real bargain!