Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fleeting Earthly Comforts and Worldly Trinkets

God often does better for us than we ask. We go to Him with our little requests. We are in need and ask for temporal relief.  We are suffering and ask that our pain may cease. We are poor and ask Him for more money.

We are just like the beggar, holding out our hands for paltry alms to eke out the day's need. Then God looks down upon us and says, "My child, are these little trifles all you want Me to give to you, daily bread, clothing, fuel for your fire, medicine for your sickness, comfort for your grief? The small things to supply your common needs are these the only gifts and blessings you want and ask from the hand of your heavenly Father, who has infinite treasures to give to you?"

Yet thousands never get beyond just such requests in their praying! Bowing daily before a God of infinite power and love, in whose hands are unsearchable riches, they never ask for anything but fleeting earthly comforts and worldly trinkets! They ask only for things for their bodies, or to beautify their homes, making no requests for the heavenly and spiritual gifts that God has for their souls! We should learn to ask for the best things in all God's treasure house!
[J. R. Miller]
Ephesians 3:20 ... Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

1 Corinthians 14:1 ... Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
Colossians 3:1-2  ... If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.