But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
1 Timothy 6:6-8
We’re emerging out of the season of giving thanks and extreme shopping. How has the world so twistedly convinced us to believe we need so much. They do a very good job. They have enticed, tempted and swayed me. I need new clothes, I need more décor I NEED. What do I need?
But there is a sale! I am saving money. Oh how I have turned things and justified purchases I thought I needed. Oh how much time and money I have wasted perusing sites as for the convenience of online.
My husband only wants me to be happy and I think he has a small, tiny hope that maybe that next purchase will do the trick. But he and I both know, deep down. It will give me short or maybe even slightly long, temporary happiness.
How long will I play this game? I know how it ends. I may even know how to win but I still choose to search the temporary, the wasting away, the “already old when it gets to me”.
What is enough? When is it enough? When will I be satisfied?
suf·fi·cien·cy noun – to meet one’s needs.
God is our sufficiency. He is our everlasting joy. He is the what, who and when of our every minute of satisfaction. He alone is sufficient.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 11:9
Please don’t be mistaken. This message is for me. It has been coming for 22 years now. Well 2,000 years. I struggle to stop the wants and to close my eyes to what the world preaches. What I have previously preached. I want Him to be enough. I need Him to be enough.
I am learning this season, and the seasons to follow, I want to, I need to shift my “needs”. There is only one that stands forever. There is only one who satisfies. I want my eyes to be solely there. Solely on the cross. As we celebrate Jesus’ coming, His birth, I can celebrate and experience pure joy because he came to satisfy. He came to quench the thirst that wouldn’t go away. A far greater power than a new shirt, a new house or a new job.
How badly I want to experience the now. I can do that through the one who satisfies. Thank you, Lord, that you alone are enough. Thank you for meeting us where we are. Meeting our needs.
Merry Christmas. Happy birthday to the gift that brought us life, joy, the gift that meets our every need.