A Buffet of Blessings

There never seems to be an end to the goodness.

Joshua 7:1-26

Reference: “But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.” Joshua‬ ‭7:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: My family love their food. And nothing says food like a smorgasbord buffet!

Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner the lavish quantity of food is spread across numerous tables and counters. Breads, meats, fruits, pastries… there never seems to be an end to the goodness.

The only problem with a good buffet is the size of my stomach. I always eat way beyond my fill but then see something I haven’t had the pleasure of consuming yet.

Instead of thinking, “I’ve had enough. I will eat again another time,” I end up saying to myself, “I can do it. Just one mouthful more.”

My greed gets me in all sorts of trouble with stomach pain and discomfort that lasts for the rest of the day!

Application: Our God has provided us with a buffet of blessings. He gives us unconditional love, amazing grace, everlasting peace.

We, however, often look at all God has provided and think, that’s not enough. And we go in search for worldly things we think will truly fill us.

That’s what happened with Achan in Joshua 7. God had miraculously saved them by stopping the water of the Jordan for them to walk on dry land.

Then he brought the walls of Jericho down with a big shout! And yet that wasn’t enough.

Instead of following the instructions of this mighty, powerful, victorious God, Achan chose to take what wasn’t his.

When you read it in chapter 7 it sounds so foolish.  But, I have to say, I see it all the time in my own life.,

Searching for acknowledgment from others when I already know I’m loved by God. Trying to gather acceptance by what I do when I already know I’m covered by God’s grace.

There is nothing in this world that could ever replace what God has already given to us. Let’s stop searching for more and rejoice in what God has so lavishly blessed us with already.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I search elsewhere for acceptance and meaning. You are enough for me. Amen.

What gift from God are you thankful for?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.