And the LORD said to Aaron, “You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them. I am your portion and your inheritance among the people of Israel.
God opens blind eyes to speak His glory into the world.
So why hasn’t He healed me of my medical issue? Why hasn’t He given me what I’ve asked Him for? Why has He not made me able to conceive children? Why has He not provided work for me?
The answer is this: God gives us what we need and removes what we don’t need. When we pray, we must not do it with our needs and desires in mind. We must pray in humility, submitting to God’s will, however it may differ from ours. So often God denies us what we ask Him for in order to give us something more wonderful than we could ever imagined.
Every blessing He pours out on us is for us to glorify Him with. His great desire is purely for us to turn to Him, so that we can be in relationship with Him.
God is much more than merely our provider. He Himself is our provision, our portion; He is everything a person needs.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
Cusick details seven core desires of the human soul:
- Attention — I long to be seen. I long to be valued. I long to matter.
- Affection — I long to be enjoyed. I long to be delighted in. I long for you to take pleasure in who I am.
- Affirmation — I long to know I have what it takes. I long for your blessing.
- Acceptance — I long to belong. I long to be desired.
- Satisfaction — I long for fullness. I long for well-being.
- Significance — I long for impact. I long for meaning. I long to be powerful.
- Security — I long to know I will be OK.
Cusick offers this about our yearnings:
“All of these core thirsts are God-given appetites and longings. When they are suppressed, cut off, or shut down, we resemble an Indy car running on four cylinders. Because of this, we fail to live from our hearts. To run on eight cylinders, we need to acknowledge that we are thirsty and identify what our thirsts are. Why? Because only when we identify them will we begin moving toward those desires according to God’s design.”
Living by faith means giving up who I thought I was in order to discover who I was really meant to be all along.
God created the universe and all words, spiritual and physical. He formed the earth and everything in it. He knows even our secret thought which we have never spoken out loud. His presence is too glorious for words.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
We all want so much to fight for our rights; women’s rights, minority rights, religious rights, etc. These are some of the basic things we need, the things we should have a right to:
- Good Health
- Sufficient Clothing
- Relationships with others
But when we’re living for Christ we may have to sacrifice some or all of these things.
I was serious when I gave my life to Christ. I will stay even if I’m tempted to run away to a more comfortable enviroment. I will stay even if I have to reign in my natural exuberance in order to be culturally appropriate. I will stay even if my health declines.
When we lose our rights we can learn that we can find our core desires in Christ. Now Jesus is teaching me humility and endurance as I find my comfort in Him.
There is no greater joy than walking in relationship with God, and something which will draw us closer to Him is sacrificing our fleshly nature and denying ourselves for His glory.
There was a man known as Brother Lawrence who lived in France in the mid 1600’s. He was not educated, nor was he particularly clever or talented. Most of his life he worked in the kitchen of a monastery. So why is his name remembered today? It’s because although he lived a simple life he did all his menial tasks faithfully, for the glory of God.
Mankind sees glory as having a big ministry, and doing great things for God. Heaven sees glory as faithfulness to God in the tasks He has given you, even if you’re just a kitchen boy like Brother Lawrence.
I must ask myself sometimes, “Why am I worshiping and reading the Bible? Why am I preaching? Is it to give myself a sense of worth and significance? Is it to feed my ego and fickle emotions? Or is it a way to connect to God, like writing a love letter to my husband?”
When I want something, I try to get it done and make it happen myself. But it’s absurd to think I could have control over everything which happens in life. Then, my unfulfilled desires turn into fear, my fear turns into worry and worry turns into depression.
When I’m afraid, my prayer can become a form of worrying. I focus on my issue and forget who God is. I pray,
“God please, please provide for us!”
“God PLEASE don’t let this bad thing happen!”
That’s me focusing on the problem rather than on The Problem Solver. But when my focus shifts onto The Problem Solver, my worry turns into worship and my fear turns into praise; and my own desires conform to God’s desires. God can and will make His desires happen, so once you understand His heart and allow your desires to become His, you will find boundless joy in Him.
In any case, it would be far more accurate to say that the Enemy, in whatever form he appears, sees us better than we see ourselves. He wouldn’t go to such great lengths to discourage and derail and defeat us if he was not terribly frightened of our beauty, our power, our worth, and our settled position in the kingdom. We are glorious, dangerous children of God. If we really understood that, we’d stop cowering in the dark. If we really understood that, there’s no telling what we could do.
Also, what we really believe about everything always becomes clear in the end. We can talk about God’s love all day long, but without a Spirit revelation of His love at a deep, personal level, nothing in our lives will give evidence to the love of God. I could wax eloquent about God’s goodness and provision, but I still have a major hang-up about my kids getting sick. It’s a serious panicky anxiety thing. Though the truth is that God is good, that He will care for my children (and me) no matter what physical illness finds its way into our home, I can only give lip service to that truth. I’m not yet mixed with it. It’s pretty obvious to anyone who knows me. But when I’m set free from the deep-down lie, it’ll show, too. Every person with whom I come in contact will sense it. They’ll know the peace of it; they’ll long to experience it for themselves. And there is just no end to those ripple effects.