Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
Insight: As we continue our series on Understanding The Times, today let’s consider in more detail the great hope we have as Christians because of the sufficiency, strength and power of Jesus Christ and the eternal nature of God’s Kingdom. Today’s verse focuses on the all-encompassing sufficiency of Christ. Because of Him, we lack nothing. Yet the enemy always tries to get us to feel lack in our life. Lack of love, lack of self-worth, lack of accomplishments, lack of friends. The enemy wants us always regretful about the past or anxious about the future, but God wants us to sink into the mindset that because we are His, we have everything we need at this exact moment. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we can feel His manifest power in us, and that gives us the fulfillment we need for each situation we encounter along our journey in this life. The key is focus, and not to let the enemy lead us into chasing “lesser” things. As we saw yesterday, both Nations and people are prone to walk away from God in hope of finding something of their own that satisfies more, but it never does. It only leads to “broken cisterns,” that cannot hold the Living Water that only Jesus can provide to nourish our souls.
We must always remember to focus on the promises in the Bible when we are being distracted. Remembering the tactics of the enemy, which is always to deceive us from believing in Christ, distract us from following Christ, and ultimately to destroy us apart from Christ, will help us to depend more and more on the sufficiency of Christ. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (a) says “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” When we realize that “we lack nothing” because of our relationship with Jesus, it will be very hard for the enemy to get us to focus on things that can never satisfy us. We are in an epic battle with an enemy who hates people and wants to destroy us, but we have gained the victory already through Christ. Therefore, our job is to not be distracted and to not lose faith. We can keep “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith,” -according to Hebrews 12:2 (a) knowing that the struggles of this life are just speed bumps on the way to eternal glory!
Prayer: Jesus, thank you that in You we have already won the victory for all of eternity over the enemy and because of You strength and sufficiency, we truly lack nothing. Help us to stay focused in the present, in each moment of our life, to accomplish that for which we were created. Amen!