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God, my Sovereign Good !

lundi 26 octobre 2015, par Casimir E. CAKPO

"… I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ’’ (Ph. 3 : 8).

In the story about creation, before making man on earth, God first prepared for him a set of useful and pleasant things for his survival. Those things were thus made for man’s usage and should legitimately be subjugated to him. Therefore man’s heart was and should remain a sanctuary for God’s sovereign reign. But sin found a way in and turned God’s gifts ‘’the things’’ into a potential source of destruction of the soul.

Our sorrows started when God was compelled to leave His sanctuary and when ‘’things’’ were authorized in. Then God was no longer crowned as Sovereign since stubborn and aggressive usurpers henceforth made this their battle field to secure the first place on the throne.

This is not just metaphorical, but a precise analysis of our genuine spiritual problem. There is in man’s heart a resisting fiber of the old life whose nature is to possess, to always possess to show up. It covets things with a deep and fierce passion. No doubt that greed to possess and to display is the root of the spiritual superficiality and problems of our time as shown by the great number of programs, conferences, sale of an array of supports with a variety of themes which finally aim at celebrating the ‘’me’’ on the throne of man’s heart rather than the Lord who is the source of every gift.

However, when simply studying lives of holy bible men and women of the past, it is easy to feel how lustful of God they were rather than of things He created for their survival. One example is Moses, who used the knowledge he had of God as a reason to know Him even more. ‘’Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight’’(Ex. 33:13) and from there, he moved on to make this bold request : ‘’Please, show me your glory !’’ (v.18)

On his side, David’s life was a stream of spiritual desires and his psalm resonate as the screaming of somebody that is thirsty of God, a tireless researcher of his unending presence. ‘’I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord ; apart from you I have no good thing’’ Ps. 16:2 “O God, you are my God ; earnestly I seek you ; my soul thirsts for you ; my flesh faints for you …So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life : ….My soul clings to you ; your right hand upholds me” Psalm 63.

Finally Paul, the Apostle, who declared that the mainspring of his life, is that of a burning desire after Christ and not after things legitimately acquired or inherited which he could have boasted of. ‘’But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ’’ (Ph. 3 : 7, 8).

Beloved ones, which of ‘’things’’ and God who created them is enthroned in the sanctuary of our heart ? Do most of the subjects we pray for or their justifications magnify all the time our ‘’me’’ or the Sovereign ? Do they always aim at the unending search of ‘’things’’ or rather of God, the creator of things ?

May God Himself be crowned as King on the throne of our heart and may He be the Sovereign good we lust for and whose beneficent presence we constantly look for at each single moment of our life.

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