Has God done enough for you?
Psalm 24:1-2 (NIV)
Of David. A Psalm.
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for He founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
Has God done enough for you? Is there something more that you are waiting on from God that He has not done for you? Really think about that.
The Small Catechism puts it this way, “I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, spouse and children, land, animals, and all that I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me” (explanation to the first article of the Apostle’s Creed). It continues “that Jesus Christ...has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil” (explanation to the second article of the Apostle’s Creed). And finally: “the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith” (explanation to the third article of the Apostle’s Creed).
What more could God do that He has not already done? So much of our life is about getting more and more. More possession, more thrills, more experiences, more pleasure, more, more, more. Yet in the end, none of it belongs to us. Not even our time. That too is but a trust from the Lord. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). We are but stewards of the time, the talents, and the possessions that we have. All that we could possibly need is provided abundantly in the work of the persons of the Triune God.
Does this change your perspective on life at all? I believe that it shouldn’t just change our perspective on life, but that it should BE our perspective on life. It should be liberating! We don’t have to worry about acquiring more, because it’s not ours anyway. More has already been given, and the more that we give away - love, time, possessions, compassion, mercy - the more we receive back.
Consider how this affects your daily decision making as we live out our journey with Jesus. Jesus invites us, “follow Me,” and daily equips us to do just that. Our entire life is a mission to be more and more like Jesus. We learn more and more to serve joyfully, with open hands, knowing that God has our needs completely cared for. We don’t just sit on this, but we are sent out with this good news to the entire world, that others may also have faith in Jesus who gave freely of His own life that we might have life, and have it abundantly.