Skip to main content

Stirring the coals a little

I have a tough question for us this morning - I will not apologize for meddling a bit. What is it you find your greatest contentment in? Is it your job? Perhaps your hobby? Some relationship that is blossoming or being renewed? Or maybe it is in what you have been able to accomplish in your community? If we are honest about what we find our contentment 'in', we might be more concerned about what we are 'in' and desire to change what is 'in us'.

But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face. (Psalm 17:15)

Contentment is really that deep sense of satisfaction we find in what we engage in, but more importantly in what engages within us. When God's grace engages within us, we find our focus on 'things' or 'others' who attempt to substitute for the contentment we find in him begins to dwindle away. The more God fills us, the more content we become to let go of the other things that we have been spending so much time pursuing that really ended up being rather 'hollow' in comparison to his fullness.

Knowing all is well between us and God - isn't that the greatest thing we could ever seek in life? Right relationship between you and I is one thing, but when our relationship is right with God first, the rest of these relationships we share take on a totally new light! There are times when we will find we lose focus on keeping things right between us and God - it is only human nature that we drift now and again. Rather than beating yourself up when you realize there has been a change in what 'engages' you, seek to 're-engage' with him!

Seeing God face-to-face. How many of us can say we long for that day? I know there have been periods of time when I have desired this with an intensity that was like a fire burning inside of me, but to be totally honest with you - that intensity can get snuffed out by the things of this world if we let it. Contentment is found in allowing the intensity of that fire within us to be rekindled. Have you ever sat by a fire at night under the big open sky and just been silent? You watch as the embers crack and pop, drifting upward into the open sky until they fizzle and are gone. Yet, deep within that fire, there are coals that burn hot.

Our little shifts in focus are like the embers that drift upward, fizzle and are gone. What remains consistent is the thing we might liken to the hot 'coals' of the fire - his grace and love that burns hot within us. His love and grace can rekindle any 'burned out' place of our lives, but we have to allow those 'coals' to be stirred up in order to see the fire burn brightly again! Just sayin!


Popular posts from this blog

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce


When someone tells you that you need to wrap your mind around some concept, they are telling you that the subject at hand will take some effort on our part to actually get enough of a hint of it in order to even remotely understand it. The subject is complex, even a little overwhelming, and we will have to apply ourselves to really grasp it very well. We cannot wrap our minds around God's wisdom and knowledge - because it is infinite and our brains are sadly finite. We can only 'think' so far and then we have to 'trust'. Some of us think there is nothing we can trust if we cannot 'think' it through, but this will never work when it comes to our faith. Faith requires trust in what is unseen and not fully comprehended. The truth we believe is really building our trust, but until we approach God with more trust than 'thought', we will never fully grasp some of the things he has prepared for us. We cannot wrap our minds around God’s wisdom and knowledg

Give him the pieces

What or Who is it that causes division among you right now? Maybe it is more of a 'what' than a 'who' that is creating the division between you and something you need in your life. Perhaps you are struggling with an addiction to something that keeps coming between you and true liberty from the hold that thing has on you. Yes, addiction is really the worst kind of enslavement one can imagine - being so emotionally or psychologically attached to the 'thing' that any attempt to break free causes so much trauma in your life that you just cannot imagine being free. But...God is above that addiction - he is stronger than the emotional or psychological pull that thing has in your life. Maybe the dividing force in your life right now is a 'who' - a tough relationship challenge between you and a coworker, a spouse that seems to no longer share your interests or values, or even a relative that doesn't understand some of your choices and now chooses to withdraw