Do We Take Jesus For Granted?

M_Id_77778_jesusWe have a real tendency in our world to take things for granted.

Ok, maybe I should focus the microscope a little tighter with that statement.

In the United States we take things for granted.

I can see it nearly every day as I talk with people, read the news, or simply listen to a person at the booth next to me at a restaurant.  There just seems to be an underlying sense of discontent and angst that permeates the human spirit.  We are never satisfied and rarely are we genuinely grateful for what we have.

Listen, I’m not immune to this.  Believe me I have my moments of house envy or guitar playing jealousy, or hairstyle lusting (that is only funny if you remember I’m bald :)  ).  My spirit churns with discontent too and when it does I’ve found myself losing sight of the blessings all around me.

I love the Psalms because this guy named David writes a vast majority of them.   David was clearly set apart by God from the very beginning to do great things, but he still had his issues.  He dealt with women issues, parenting issues, murder issues, attempted murder issues, giant issues, and on and on the list goes.  However, what I love about his writings is that even when he appears to be griping or complaining and the beginning he always ends up refocused back to God and confident in what He has done, is doing, or will do.  On top of that when he is in a good vein of praising God for who He is and what He’s done there may be none better at describing the majesty of our God.

For just a moment I want you to read Psalm 8 and let these words of David soak into your spirit.

“Lord, our Lord,    

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
   

 in the heavens.

Through the praise of children and infants
    

you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    

to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

 which you have set in place,

what is mankind that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels

and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers

over the works of your hands;

you put everything under their feet:

all flocks and herds,
    

and the animals of the wild,

the birds in the sky,
    

and the fish in the sea,

all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    

how majestic is your name in all the earth.”

Within these words lies the secret to contentment and David uses them as a spiritual bookend to his thoughts.  “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth” is not just a great lyric for worship songs, but it should be the lyric that our soul sings unceasingly.  Within in it lies a personal invitation with our God, the awe and majesty found in Him, a dismissal of any other name other than His, the uncontainable size, power, and wonder only He can reveal, and a overarching peace reached by realizing the truth found within the entirety of the statement.

The way that we can avoid discontent in our life is to focus our spirits back to God.  If we dwell on Him and the things that He has done for us that we see and don’t see, our souls will find rest.  They can find contentment in the realization that God has us in this place, at this time, with this income, with this job status, with this marriage, with this challenge for a reason.  And that reason is to bring Him glory through our obedience, confidence, faith, and contentment in Him.

May we never take what God has given us for granted especially the cross of Christ.  For on the cross we received the gift of grace we never deserved and avoided the sting of death we all deserved.  Thank you Jesus that You did not take us as Your creation for granted, but rather granted us your love and mercy through Your blood.

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