Impact of loving God

Those who love God become like him and influence their world.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. [Psalm 36:5-6]

As we meditate on his character- love, faithfulness, righteousness and justice we aspire to become like him.

You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. [Psalm 36:6]

We notice that the Lord loves and preserves all his creatures, both people and animals. They are valued as his creation. We join him, showing that same value.

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. [Psalm 36:7]

As we aspire, and in some small way live out this love, people find safety with us.  In effect, they take refuge beneath God’s wings.

They feast in the abundance of your house; [Psalm 36:8]

As we generously share what God has provided, we demonstrate his abundant care.

you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; [Psalm 36:9]

Not being the source, we have no idea what will feed or give life. We merely pass on what he has given us. Then to our surprise, this is spiritual life to those who receive it.

 in your light we see light. [Psalm 36:9]

When we look at Jesus, the light of the world, we see the light of life. Though our situations are dark, he fills us with light from within.

Use frustration for growth

We love to measure the fruitfulness of a person’s life by listing a string of achievements. When Paul talks of the fruit of the Spirit in a person’s life he speaks of qualities that though recognisable are challenging to measure.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Gal5:23-24NIV)

One of the consequences of measuring fruitfulness in terms of achievement is that we see the obstacles to an achievement as obstacles to fruitfulness for God. If my ministry is diminished through events or people beyond my control I become frustrated that I cannot achieve for God what I would desire. This road can lead to helplessness and self pity or to drivenness and abuse.

Yet these very obstacles are the backdrop through which a deeper fruitfulness of character can be developed. If I take note of my frustration I can use it as an indicator of my need for God. I call out for His intervention against the cause of frustration and for my transformation so that I could demonstrate love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, and the like when the presence of the obstacle is goading me to behave in the opposite way.

Frustration is the anvil on which true fruitfulness is forged.