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Yes! God loves me, but I need more

Updated on March 8, 2015

I thought that would get your attention.

I found this paragraph in a prayer I read recently.

"We invest so much of our lives looking and lusting for favor - wanting to be wanted, needing to be needed, craving to be celebrated, and aching to be accepted... intensely looking for intimacy. I grieve over how I've looked to people and work, to education and exercise, to money and things, even to spiritual disciplines and ministry to give me what you alone give us so freely and fully in the gospel, your undiluted unconditional acceptance and delight."

What do you make of it? The author is a godly man I truly respect and admire. His prayers have stimulated my own prayers. I certainly admire his honesty, humility and zeal for the Lord and for his kingdom. And yet there is something about these words I find unsettling.


Why did God create Eve?

God himself judged that it is not good that the man be alone. Wonder why God himself didn't offer Adam company, suitable help, intimacy and conversation. Or might God have created the man with needs that even He could not meet? Well, at least not directly. He did create Eve. Adam went wild! "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh...!" Do you hear the longing of his heart?

I can't imagine God being displeased with Adam's fit of pleasure. God himself brought Eve to him. At that moment God was not at the center of Adam's praise. In fact, God took a back seat to allow his creatures to revel in each other. I love that about God.

Love one another

I love to feel the embrace my wife and kids, to enjoy the approval of my boss, to find satisfaction in a job will done, to take pride in an achievement, to endure gracefully a challenge. Conversely, absent these, I feel a certain emptiness. I may even strategize to gain them. Is God sitting back feeling sidelined by my enjoying these earthly and temporal satisfactions? Don't think so.

If he commands us to love one another, sooner or later we'll be the recipient of somebody's love. Does he expect us to reject it lest we dishonor Him, the ultimate source of all that is good? Of course not. In fact a sure mark of godly humility and grace is our willingness to accept love and compassion from others.

He is so great that he need not be great!

I have a hard time wrapping my brain around that, but it's true. God is so self-sufficient and secure in all his grandeur that He can stand aside to allow his creatures to delight each other...with abandon no less. And when we suffer the loss of some earthly comfort, he doesn't begrudge our sorrow. Jesus wept over Lazarus' death. Does that reveal a lapse in his fellowship with God the Father? Of course not!

Where's the line

Two questions

1.Whatever of this world I enjoy is it received with genuine thanksgiving to God the ultimate giver of all that is good? I don't mean a mindless "Thank You, Lord" when something good happens. Rather do I have a heart disposition akin to surprise that God should be so good to me. It's the opposite of feeling entitled to something.

2.Might I consider a shady strategy to secure or keep some earthly satisfaction? If I contemplate what is clearly offensive to God and hurtful to others as a means to secure what I want, surely my heart is in the wrong place.

Bottom line

If I'm thankful for what I receive and hold it with a loose grip, not striving by sinful means to secure it, then I'm free to enjoy it all with abandon. God delights in my delight.

On the other hand, if I grasp for every crumb of earthly goods as though entitled to it and sink into despair over not having what I want, clearly the prayer quoted above is for me. In so doing I've become a practicing idolater. That's when God gets jealous and rightfully so.

I know the struggle the author of the prayer faces. I'm right there with him. There's a huge difference between appropriate enjoyment of earthly satisfactions and making those satisfactions what I live for? Given our sinful infatuation with ourselves, we lean easily toward the latter. I've been guilty often. So my friend's confession above is right on the money.

But sometimes I fall off the other side of the horse. I feel guilty for having needs and a little uncomfortable when those needs are met abundantly. I wonder if God is ok with my feeling hurt when someone savages me. What does he make of my feeling taken for granted when I'm not appreciated? Those times don't need a confession but rather a new appreciation of God's presence. He whispers, "Yes, it's a broken world, but it won't always be. Just wait 'till you see what I've got waiting for you."

Comments - I'm listening.

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      Frank P. Crane 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Sorry, anonymous, it's clear that you're hurting. You've got lot's of company in surprising quarters. Visit the psalms and you'll find the writers often expressing feelings such as yours. A measure of God's greatness is that he knew your heart before you even wrote the above and still extends his offer, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Jesus in Matthew 11:28

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Biblical God is unfair unjust incompetent negligent and cruel. He allows all manner of evil sin suffering death and extinctions. He allows danger and evil to enter the Garden of Eden in the form of a talking tempting snake. He allows Adam and Eve's sin to be passed on to ALL future unborn humans thus ruining human nature. If that's not bad enough He curses and punishes the ENTIRE creation with Natural Evils such as predation painful childbirth toil thorns diseases hurricanes tsunamis mass starvation intense cold intense heat birth defects death. And if that's not bad enough He creates an eternal torture chamber called hell where the majority of humans will end up in the next life to be roasted like charcoals with Satan. This God is irresponsible negligent incompetent and cruel to the umpteenth degree. This God created more mluth than He can feed. Mass starvation and lack of clean water afflicts millions of people and animals. This God creates us with certain needs drives and desires and then deprives us of these needs drives and desires whether its food water a female companion or freedom. Why bother creating Eve when not every man has a woman in his life? Countless thousands of guys suffer from loneliness as they don't have a girlfriend. God is cruel irresponsible negligent and inhumane. Im a physically ugly mentally ill guy with no female companion. I suffer from endless unrelieved loneliness. Its unfair that I have to suffer because of Adam and Eves sin or for something that two ignorant humans did thousands of years before I was even born. Why create physical ugliness in people when it causes loneliness?Why are most pretty women so unfriendly and unkind? God forgot to give women a heart. This God has no common sense and has no reasoning and does not know hiw to forgive. He has no intelligent constructive solution to offer us and He has no merciful humane solution to offer us. He allows us to remain in our sinfullness defects and failures and allows us to suffer and die. He doesn't know how to help us and doesn't know how to heal us and doesn't know how to provide for us and doesn't kniw how to protect us. It's a deadbeat and an absentee landlord for a God. This God has ruined and flushed the entire creation down the toilet because two ignorant humans ate a forbidden apple eons ago. Stupidity insanity irrationality injustice incompetence negligence and cruelty. According to religious folks God's love is supposed to be enough and Jesus is supposed to be enough. Religious folks say thus earthly life doesn't count and is not important and we're all to suffer like Jesus. We're all to be masochists and martyrs like Jesus. I think this is out of touch with reality. This Gid has abdicated the world to the Devil. Satan the Devil rules this hellhole world and not a loving God.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      lol, probably not. Right now I am more concerned with another hub. Really concerned. But, I will not say what it is here. You cannot, put your hub on another person's hub. That is very wrong.

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      Frank P. Crane 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Michele, still thinking about your reponse to my response to your hub on Ghosts. Did you follow that? Not sure I do. :-)

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this hub, it is a very good one. None of us are perfect. but God forgives us. That is the most important thing.

      Voted up.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Up and all across but funny votes. Very well said and written. The message is clear and of high importance. I have had my ups and downs, bottom of the barrel to be exact. But during these trying times, I have found that I should be thankful for everything I do have, such as another day of life, food, shelter, and a loving family. This time tested me surely, but I came out a much stronger and wiser man. And now that I look back, I thank God for this lesson. God is great. Sometimes we just have to look around and we will see how much we are blessed.

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      April Reynolds 6 years ago from Arizona

      I really enjoyed your hub liftandsoar! It is well thought out and nicely written. Thank you.

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      Frank P. Crane 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, for stopping my Samanatha. I enjoy hearing from my readers and don't feel guilty about the enjoyment! :-) God is good.

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      Samantha Gold 6 years ago

      Great article! It really makes you think about the wants and needs in your life and whether or not they are really important.