SATISFIED WITH CHRIST ALONE
Rom. 9:23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,
Knowing that I belong to The Lord brings ultimate peace and tranquility to my life. Like Paul said, “If God be for me, who can be against me?” I may face quite miserable circumstances from time to time in my life but I know this one thing; God has an ultimate destiny for me in this life as well as in the life to come. He is drawing me to Himself. Even my supposedly worst problems in my life are ultimately bringing me to a place of conformity as well as to a place of incredible joy found in Christ alone. For a number of years in my Christian walk I was side tracked. I had bought into the deception that my life was defined by my accomplishments in life. Being in the ministry, my accomplishments were supposedly spiritual. Somehow, over the years I had come off of the rails. I was in pursuit of His blessing and gifts but had forgotten the joy found in Christ alone. It wasn’t His gifts that I needed, it wasn’t accomplishments for the kingdom that my heart was really hungry for; it was The Lord Himself. He alone is the pleasure our souls can be satisfied with. Jonathan Edwards spoke often of this Biblical truth, here is a quote from one of his sermons.
“God designs His people for glory. God had chosen the children of Israel for His own peculiar treasure; and it was His design to bring ’em out of Egypt to Himself, to bring ’em to Mt. Sinai, and to bring ’em to Canaan, to His holy habitation, for He was determined and resolved upon it. So it is His design to bring all His spiritual Israel to the heavenly Canaan and Mt. Zion so that there they may dwell in glory forever. The glory of the saints consists in God’s bringing them to Himself. His bringing them into nearest union to Himself, His bringing them to a perfect and sinless conformity to Himself. His bringing them to His immediate, glorious, presence, His bringing them to see Him, and His bringing them to the full enjoyment of His love. In these things exist the highest possible blessedness of the rational creature… Whatever men design with respect to God’s people, yet this is God’s design; their enemies often design other things. Satan designs quite the contrary; wicked men often design nothing but their calamity and misery- but God designs their perfect and immortal glory and blessedness. They are vessels prepared foreordained to glory.”
There really are adversaries in this life that try to distract us from what really matters. These enemies are seen and unseen, but they are totally ineffective to the heart that is enraptured with His love. So God does have a plan, His plan is my total delight and satisfaction in Christ Alone. As He carries me along toward His ultimate plan, He is glorified and I am satisfied, satisfied with Christ alone.