2 November 2019

You Want More, Boy?

“The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”
Proverbs 19:23 (NIV)

Many of us will remember the scene in the film ‘Oliver’ where the half-starved Oliver Twist summons the courage to ask for more food by showing the bombastic beadle of the workhouse Mr. Bumble his empty bowl. “Please sir, can I have more?” Oliver asks. With gusto Sir Harry Secombe in the role of Mr. Bumble expostulates with incredulity “More! You want more, boy?” Accepting the tragic historic reality of the workhouse, the sketch remains a favourite part of the classic film.

We humans essentially have needs and poor Oliver needed more food. However, needs are not the same as wants. Somehow our wants never seem to be fully met. We aspire and desire all the time – bigger and better, expensive and even more expensive. The new car soon loses its appeal, the house soon is too small, the attractive spouse can quickly become jaded. Philippians 4:12 shows that the Apostle Paul knew needs and wants: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Despite his difficult situation, Paul was able to be thankful and content. He had learned the secret—in verse 13 he writes “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

God’s presence in Paul’s life made the difference. Christ living in him gave him the courage and strength he needed to be positive and content. Possessions will not bring eternal life – the adage stands true ‘you can’t take it with you!’ Whatever material possessions we accrue in this life are worthless and useless when it comes to our time of departure from this earth.

As God’s children we can have peace of mind, with no need to strive for the unattainable, but to be thankful for the priceless blood of our Saviour, who meets all our needs and has a future planned for us that defies our imagination. I’ll settle for that!

Prayer
Thank you, wonderful Father God, for you love toward us – forgive us our greed and discontentment. Grant us your peace and strength for tomorrow.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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