too easily satisfied

I’m still reading along in this book (1st fave) and came across an entry a few weeks ago that has been working on me ever since. It’s worth meditation, so I thought I’d share a portion of it here:

“I know it’s my problem and I suspect it’s yours too – we’re just too easily satisfied. It’s not that we want too much from God. No, the reality is that often we are willing to settle for too little. […] We say we love redemption and that we are thankful for God’s grace, yet we become spiritually satisfied long before that grace has completed its work.

If our parenting seems to be working, if our marriages are livable, if our jobs aren’t terrible, if our finances aren’t a disaster, and if we have nice houses, good churches, and good health, most of us are satisfied. But God is not satisfied. He knows that we will continue to need his transforming grace until sin is no more. […] He will not relent until his grace has done everything it can do in each one of his children.”

Aren’t you thankful for that?

Aren’t you thankful for a God who doesn’t give up on you even though you give up on yourself multiple times a day?

Aren’t you thankful that this verse is reality?

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

I sure am. I love how Tripp ends this entry:

“So be thankful for all that grace has done for you, but be dissatisfied. […] Cry out for more rescue, transformation, and deliverance. And be grateful that your Savior continues to work even in those moments when you don’t value the work that you so desperately need.”

excerpt from New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp :: August 22 entry
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