Sissy was the godliest woman I knew, so it wasn’t surprising that she asked others to pray for her back pain to subside. And they did.
Sissy did what any sensible believer does: prayed for herself, asked others to pray for her too and then made a doctor’s appointment. But what she witnessed while driving along-before she ever went to the doctor, changed her perspective on her perceived urgent need. An elderly man-obviously struggling to make ends meet, hobbled along with pain etched on his face and one crutch under his arm.
Suddenly Sissy’s thoughts turned to what she had in spite of the pain. A loving spouse, a spacious home, a nice car, a 42 inch television, internet and a host of other luxuries this poor man could only dream of. Her plea for relief wasn’t wrong; just perhaps mingled with a little selfishness. The same dilemma thousands of believers battle.
Paul reminded his readers of the complete satisfaction they had in Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:9-10 NLT).
God’s fullness dwelled in Christ. By experiencing oneness with him through faith, we inherit everything required to possess salvation, obey his commands and experience complete emotional health. Having Christ doesn’t mean we’ll never struggle, but he will help us see our “I wannas” through proper lenses-regardless of their apparent urgency. Having the assurance of God’s love, forgiveness and an eternal home is all that’s required to endure whatever life throws our way. Trust God to determine how he’ll best supply your needs.
Prayer: Spirit of love, encourage us to trust You with every need and to thank You for whatever way You choose to meet it.