Christ's Glory, Not Mine

by science fiction author Andrea J. Graham

Can you say you desire only God?

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25-26)

Most of us can confidently say we only have one God in Heaven. I wonder if anyone besides Asaph can honestly say we desire nothing on the earth besides God. Of course, this is a lament, so he’s just dumped out before God all of his baggage, in his case a rather frustrated envy of the wicked who prosper while the innocent are stricken. So we might get there in the same way. However, if there is anything we desire more than God, that is idolatry that will separate us from Him, so we need to examine ourselves and invite God to search our hearts and show us.

Whatever it is, get rid of it or the desire for it, or surrender control of it to God. Be willing to lose it or forgo it and still love and serve Him. Though our heart and flesh fail us, we too can trust in God to strengthen our hearts and  embrace him as our great reward.

Lord, we thank you for your word. Show us if anything is more precious to us than you are, and reveal to us what we can do to rectify this, and give us the strength and will to follow through. You are our inheritance, we pray knowing you intimately would be our greatest treasure. May our hunger and thirst for you void all other appetites. Make us worthy of your calling and fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by your power, so that the name of the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in us and us in him, according to your grace, oh God. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.