“Do not work (labor, strive after) the food (nourishment for your souls) that perishes, but for the food (true nourishment) that endures (lasts) to eternal life, which the Son of Man (the last “Adam”) will give you. For on him God (the Father) has set (permanently placed) his seal.” (mark of approval, the Holy Spirit). John 6:27. (English Standard Version- with my own insights added.) People are content, for the most part, with seeking only material fulfilment in Life. Despite the miraculous that occurs right before our eyes; we would rather have our physical needs met with strength or help for the temporary moment. Jesus calls us to make our choice. We can either chase after the material charity God provides for us, or we can instead seek the enduring “spiritual” charity that far surpasses anything of this world. We intuitively know that everything of this Life is perishing. Yet, we will hold tenaciously on to those things of material existence which are fleeting. None of that can surpass what God has to offer us. All of our present attachments to physical, mental, or emotional loves are pale in compare to the True ‘Gift-giver’ of ‘God Himself’! We truly are like children who are constantly seeking for this or that, only to eventually realize upon the final analysis that our wants are not the “best” for us. Our desires will often betray us, because we really don’t know oftentimes just what satisfies completely. To question our Heavenly Father’s grace and ignore His promptings towards the better; is to follow a truly self-seeking, selfish impulse towards ingratitude! Ingratitude, because Life is ‘constantly’ there to provide just what we need. We ignore God more often then we care to admit. Anything can take the place that God should rightly have in our hearts. Do we dare to seek “God First”?
Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful noise to the Lord , all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord ! Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord , for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
Psalms 98:1-9 ESV
Abba Father, I am overcome with deep gratitude and thankfulness to you. For you are my Father, my Beloved, and the Lord and love of my heart. You rescued, revived, and redeemed me. You filled me to overflowing with your light, your love, and your life. Although I was once barren, dead, and hostile towards you, still you sent your Son to die for me, to take my sin, and in return give me Christ’s righteousness and everlasting life. Apart from Him I would be nothing and have nothing. Your Holy Spirit now dwells within me, and I am never alone.
Thank you, Father. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for every good and perfect gift you have given (James 1:17). Thank you especially for giving me yourself, the Greatest Gift of All.
In Jesus’ name I pray,