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A Few Things Are Necessary

July 3, 2019

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A Few Things Are Necessary

We are so very easily discombobulated.    It doesn’t take all that much  to get us  to worry and fret — tearing hairs.    What can we do  when just everything that can go wrong  goes wrong?    We feel so defeated.    Nothing seems to help.

We need  to remember what Jesus has taught us.    He is God Almighty  and He knows what we need  in our helplessness.      We need to learn  from the account given us  in Luke 10:38-42,

He entered a certain village;  and a woman named Martha  welcomed Him  into her home.     And she had a sister called Mary,  who moreover was listening  to the Lord’s word,  seated at His feet.

But Martha was distracted  with all her preparations;  and she came up to Him,  and said,  “Lord,  do You not care  that my sister has left me  to do all the serving alone?    Then tell her to help me.”

But the Lord answered  and said to her, “Martha,  Martha,  you are worried and bothered  about so many things;  but only a few things are necessary,  really only one,  for Mary has chosen  the good part, which shall not be  taken away  from her.”

Let’s face it,  we are often distracted  with all that goes on  in life — and we complain, just like Martha.    It just seems  that everything is out of control  and there isn’t anything we can do about it……..      But, Jesus says there is.     Jesus tells us,  today, “only a few things are necessary,  really only one.”

We need  to simplify the flood  of never-ending problems  we have.

Contrary to how we feel about things,  there really, truly is  “only one”  thing  that is honestly “necessary”.     We might be too worked up  to even want to think about  that “one”  thing.    It just seems  like another added “thing”.     But,  when it comes down  to the nuts and bolts of everything,  it is not an added  “thing”.     It is the only thing “necessary”.

We need God’s words  in our lives.    We need  to remember  what God has said to us  about all sorts of things  regarding our measly lives  on this earth.     And,  that can be awfully hard  in our circumstances — not just “can be” — it IS hard.    We are human and weak.

But,  in all our humanity,  we need to go to God.     We need  to go to His word  and just rest in it.     We need  to abide in His word,  so that,  He can abide  in us.     Riled complaining  does not center  on God’s love  for us.     Complaints are self-centered.     We need  to center  on God’s love for us  in Jesus Christ.     We need  to remember how beloved we are — and how our Lord said ahead of time  that we would be having all sorts of trials  to endure.

He didn’t say it would be easy.     He just told us  to persevere  in faith,  hope,  and love — a love that listens  to His word  and obeys it.

In that frame,  we say, “Lord,  please lead us  to always sit at Your feet  and learn from You,  moment by moment, how You want us to live for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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