#DailyDevotion Sunday May 28, 2017
Do not fret, like a weaned child be content (Psalm 131)
David, a man with very vast experiences remarkably writes;
“My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forever” (Psalm 131:1-3).
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Here, David writes about spiritual maturity that should draw one to a total dependence on God which drives away fear and grows contentment. Instead of fretting over his needs and care, David has learned to trust God and be content in Him. He commands the entire house of Israel to put their hope in God at all times. Sometimes we are deceitfully driven to God merely for material things as a breastfeeding child is instinctively attached to the mother for her breastmilk. This is spiritual immaturity. A believer should be able to grow to a weaned child. Frank Gomez writes that like a weaned child who is content of the presence of its mother, we too need to be content of Christ’s presence with us;
A weaned child is content to be near its mother; it doesn’t need to satisfy its impulse for more milk. We need to be satisfied with Christ, resting in the knowledge that he will never leave or forsake us, that he will supply all of our needs, that his peace will guard our hearts and minds, that we he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, and that we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and will be kept until the day of redemption.
Yes, a child is usually weaned after six, eight, ten or slightly more months. We too must mature in the faith, a maturity that sees us grow from fretting breastfeeding babies to a contentment in everything at every time. Happy Sunday! Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.