Be Still Know
John 6:11 NLT
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.
Generosity is a characteristic everyone appreciates. However, it’s a quality that’s hard to practise. I like to think of myself as generous, and yet I easily grow resentful at times, and possessive of time, money and possessions.
Years of living in community revealed just how selfish I was at heart, always disguised with a sweet smile. In conversation I had to learn to be honest and clear about my preferences. I learned to take responsibility for what I feel, why I feel it and what I’d like.
Learning to be clear is essential for all communication, and is the only foundation upon which to build successful and enduring relationships. Sadly, we live in a world in which politicians, advertisers and others all communicate with partial truth.
The lovely part about God’s generosity is that he chooses to meet our immediate need in an attempt to grab our attention. Too many times we are too selfish to wait with God beyond receiving our primary request. We rush off into life until we face a further pressing need, and return to what amounts to a slot-machine deity. Yet, God’s intention is always to capture our attention. Once he has that, he wants to introduce us to the mystery that is the spiritual, which itself underpins all that is natural. Too many times we become so consumed and familiar with the natural that we lose any sense or appetite for the mystery who is God.
It’s perhaps been the hardest of all practices to develop a consistent rhythm of returning to the feet of Christ to listen and discover that God’s commitment to my welfare lies beyond meeting my immediate felt need. It has brought greater clarity to my Christian understanding and enriched my relationship with God.
QUESTION: When God has generously met your need, do you return to give thanks and take time to listen and learn more of God?
PRAYER: Father, let gratefulness mark my heart, let humility shape my soul as I consider all you are and all you have done.