Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gimme Shelter/Satisfaction-Part 2

See yesterday's blog for Part 1: Gimme Shelter

We may not always be satisfied with what God provides for us. It may not be as shiny and pretty and showy. At times, we all can act like a two-year old, pouting, throwing a tantrum, crying, stubbornly sitting down in the middle of the floor. "But I don't want that (what YOU provided for me). I want THAT! But God never gets embarrassed by our behavior, He never gets frustrated with us, and He never threatens us with empty threats (i.e. "If you don't stop, 'the man' is going to come yell at you.'").

What God provides He also blesses. It may not be what we want. It may be a simple structure. It may be "just enough." But when the storms come, and the rain pelts down, we are satisfied because we have shelter...Jesus Christ. He is our shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat (Is 25:4). 

Remember Jonah? We all know the part about the "big fish" but when Jonah finally listened to God, went to Ninevah and preached repentance, he didn't like the fact that the Ninevites actually listened and repented! He didn't think they deserved God's redemption! He sulked on the hill and made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city (Jonah 4:5). Seems quite smug to me, what with his man-made shelter and all, sitting back to watch the destruction, as if he were watching the Fourth of July fireworks!
Then God provided a leafy plant that grew over Jonah's head, which provided shade and relief for him, and Jonah was very happy (v7). But alas, the next morning, he woke up to discover that some sneaky worm ate the plant! Talk about waking up on the wrong side of the bed! If that wasn't enough, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He went from happy to being so angry I want to die (v9). AND ALL OF IT WAS GOD'S PROVISION. Jonah never took care of the plant; he sure was happy about the provision when it served him, but as soon as God's provision made him uncomfortable, he got angry, as if he was entitled by his title. But happy or angry, I don't think he was ever quite satisfied.

When we learn to be satisfied with what God provides, we will not want for anything. We will stop asking for more. When we get our eyes off the provision, and focus on the Provider, we will be satisfied. God is always enough. Oh, Lord, help me to be satisfied with what You provide.

Blessings Along the Path,

Song of the Day
Only You Can Satisfy (Casting Crowns)

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