Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Enough IS Enough

From the very beginning, if we were to be completely honest we would have to say that enough has never truly been enough.

Starting in the Garden of Eden, of all the things that God provided, of all the blessings He poured out over Adam and Eve, all it took was one forbidden tree, a deceitful thought and an appetite that would leave the rest of us wanting more.

A well known company has recently aired a commercial with the phrase "We want more, we want more, we want more."

A truer statement could not be made of the world that we’re living in today…

For some of us that’s all it takes, something just out of our reach, for our thoughts to be inundated with a burning desire for more… a better job, a nicer car, a bigger home, a better spouse.

It’s that thought process that can cause irreparable damage, driving some to steal, cheat, lie, even kill to obtain that one elusive thing.

The story of King David is a reminder of one who had everything and anything he wanted, including many wives and many concubines. As King he had it all, until one day He noticed another man’s wife bathing on a rooftop and he wanted her. While her husband was away at battle, David sent for Bathsheba and slept with her, resulting in an unplanned
pregnancy. David tried to cover his sin by ordering her husband, Uriah to come back from battle in hopes that he would sleep with her and assume the child was his but he refused because Uriah was a man of honor. So David sent him back into battle and ordered that he be put on the front lines while the rest of the men pulled back so he would be killed. David then took Bathsheba as his wife, attempting to cover his sin.

It began with a thought, then a desire and set into motion a series of events that included adultery, lies and murder.

David was confronted about what he did by Nathan, who told him the story of a rich man who had stolen from a poor man something precious and of great value to him. After David’s harsh response towards the rich man, these are the words that were recorded in 2 Samuel 12:7-9 Then Nathan said to David, "You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife."

Although we have a merciful God, David would have harsh consequences to face for his choice to satisfy his selfish desire for more.

Having ambition or drive to be successful isn’t necessarily bad or sinful, especially when we’re striving to be who God created us to be, but the inability to be satisfied, an insatiable appetite for more, that’s where we find ourselves in a world of trouble.

Some of us are searching for something that we will never find from anyone or anything on this earth. We all have certain needs and desires that can only be met by our Creator but until we realize that and seek Him we will always be looking for love in the wrong places, we’ll be attempting to fill our lives with material things and unfortunately we will only be left wanting more.
Hebrews 13:5
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

In other words, don’t want what you don’t have, because if you have the Lord then you have all you need and He will never leave you!
I love how the Message bible words this scripture:

Matthew 6:30-33
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers- most of which are never even seen- don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with the getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

So there you have it…
Don’t want for anything but God and He will give you everything you need!

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