In class last week, we talked about Lamentations 3:22-23, which says:
"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
We are so often consumed with the things of the world: media, jobs, money, people, troubles, etc. We dwell on things trying to sort out what to do.
Our hearts and actions are an overflow from the thoughts the mind is consumed with or is focusing on.
The verse above tells us the opposite of this consumption. . .God's great love.
In my mind, this parallel says that if we are consumed by God's love - filled up to an overflow and focused on who He is - then we will not be consumed by the world. We can, in fact, rise above the circumstances and "think on things above."
This process has more than just present applications, it affects our future too. Because when we store up within us His great love, and know that He is faithful, then when a crisis comes, we will not be caught wondering what to do and trying to draw from an empty well. We will be full and have an eternal reserve showing us truth and guiding us through the rough time. Thus, our fullness will overflow into our future trials!
Genesis 41 gives the account of Joseph interpreting Pharaoh's dreams. The interpretation foretold of seven years of plenty in the land, and seven years following that of famine. Thus, for the seven years of plenty, the Egyptians stored up grain. Then, when famine came, they thrived off of what was stored up within their own land and did not have to struggle and seek (like the Canaanites) to find life. The Egyptians were then able to share their fullness with others during that time and be a source of life and strength.
I pray you will not be consumed by your circumstances today. Be consumed with the love of YHWH, who knows you intimately and wants to fill you to an overflow every single day. Though we can see the benefits of a time of fullness in later times of famine, we can't continually thrive on yesterday's feast. We need refreshment every day and we need times of abundance so we can share and have hope in those times of wandering and famine.