God Alone Suffices
It's a Motivational Monday for our Freedom Tastes Better followers and we want to share it here as well.
This week I want to share with you a prayer that I read the past week by St. Teresa of Avila. It has caused me to stop and think on several occasions.
Let's look at the truth in this prayer line by line.
"Let nothing disturb you."
So many times, I can let the smallest things throw me off my game. I can be moving right along with my eyes on the goal and the simplest bump that can distract me. I want to have my eyes so fixed on Jesus (Heb. 12:2) that nothing will disturb my gaze. "Nothing frighten you."
I wish I could say that nothing frightens me. When I look at a scripture like Psalm 46, though, I see that I'm not to fear even though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea (Ps. 46:2). I want to trust Jesus enough to follow him through the fear. "All things are passing."
My current circumstances are passing. My cravings are passing. I am consistently surrounded by things that will pass away that compete for my attention. These passing things spin deceit so many times claiming much more than they could ever deliver. But, indeed, in the end, they won't matter one bit. "God never changes."
Not ever (Numbers 23:19; Heb. 13:8). He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (James 1:17). He is the one thing in the universe that will not fade away. I do wish I could remember this truth in the moments when I put my trust in things that will perish in the end. "Patient endurance attains all things."
While patient endurance may not appear to acquire absolutely everything, it does allow for me to be shaped in the waiting. Not always, but so many times I will wait and endure to obtain something and in the end, what I discover is that I really didn't want or need it to begin with. What I needed happened in the waiting.
"Whoever possesses God is wanting in nothing."
Our God has promised to supply us with everything we need (Matt. 6:32-33) not everything we want, but what we need. We are not to worry about those necessities. I have found, in my limited view, when my eyes are on Jesus, there is little more I desire. When my focus is in the right place, I truly am wanting for nothing. "God alone suffices."
The apostle Paul knew this to be true. He believed that God's grace was sufficient even in his weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). This is a truth I am still learning. I want so much to truly live like God alone will be enough. There are more and more moments I am believing it and living as though it is true. But there are still moments when I don't believe it and as a result choose something other than God because I doubted it. And that's where grace comes in and covers me, covers you, proving again to us that God alone suffices. May this prayer this week and the scriptures it's rooted in be a great encouragement to you in your journey.
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