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Devotional Thought : Revelation 1:5-6

February 16, 2009

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6

John Piper, pastor and author, is well known for his quote, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”

It’s a challenging thought that we glorify God when we are satisfied in him. The truth is sometimes we aren’t satisfied with God. Sometimes we’re disappointed with aspects of our appearance—perhaps we think our nose, mouth, feet or whatever are too big or too small, or maybe we think our personality is too loud or too quiet, or maybe we wish we were smarter. What we’re saying, is that we’re not satisfied with how God made us.

Sometimes we are not satisfied with our life—perhaps if we had gone to a different school, lived in a different town or married someone else our life would be better. Again we are expressing dissatisfaction with God who holds all of our life in his hands.

When I wrote this, Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving. I read a thought by someone who was simply expressing gratitude for supermarkets full of food with such variety, such quantity, such quality. It’s a good thing to be grateful for, yet how much more should we be grateful that we have Christ, who loves us and frees us from sin. He has made us his people.

Let’s focus on all that God has done for us then we will glorify God by being satisfied in him.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

3 thoughts on “Devotional Thought : Revelation 1:5-6”

  1. Thanks for your comments on Arthur Pierson's hymn. Today is the 173rd anniversary of his birth. If you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

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