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Is That All There Is?

December 21, 2016
by Brenda Wood   —   Audio controls are below the devotional to listen to this devotional or to hymn music while you read

The nine-year-old sat with his substantial pile of opened Christmas presents, gazed up at the adults around him, and asked, "Is that all there is?"

That's also the title of a song by the same name. The verses tell of a house fire, a visit to a circus, and lost love. At the end of each verse comes the chorus asking the same question: Is that all there is?

When is enough, enough? When are we satisfied? Can we possibly eat enough chocolate to content our greed? Or drive a big enough car? Or have the fanciest house, the happiest marriage, the best job? What in the world will ever bring us contentment? Biblical examples abound.

Certainly, the disciples thought that they couldn't get enough bread in such a remote place to feed a crowd of four thousand.

The five virgins who had enough oil weren't willing to share with the other five who had none, in case there wasn't enough for both groups.

The rich man had a full barn, but he wanted to store more.

In contrast, the Bible says:

Philippians 4:11 – Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (KJV)

This Christmas season, as we send our thoughts in the direction of more and more, when we are asking ourselves, Is that all there is? will we choose the only correct answer to that question? Jesus is all there is, and Jesus is enough.

Acts 2:36 – Therefore let the whole house of Israel recognize beyond all doubt and acknowledge assuredly that God has made Him both Lord and Christ (the Messiah) — this Jesus Whom you crucified. (AMP)

Prayer: Lord, forgive us for our greedy ways and our continual asking the question, "Is that all there is?" For Christ's sake, we pray. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen to that! Have a blessed Christmas season.

    Good food for thought Brenda. Have a Merry Christmas.

    Thanks Brenda for this appropriate devotional. Blessings.

    Good morning Brenda,
    Thank you for your devotional.

    Hi Brenda
    Is that all there is? No I believe the Best is yet to come!

    In total agreement. Let us be satisfied with what God has provided us – the beauty in the world, the love of family and friends, warm homes, food to eat.
    Merry Christmas and thank you for writing devotionals to inspire us all. May you have a blessed day.

    “Is that all there is?” is a poignant and important question but I don’t think the five bridesmaids were selfish in not sharing their oil.
    The point of the parable is to be ready for the bridegroom’s coming and they refused to share out of concern that all the lamps would run dry and the wedding would be spoiled.
    Best wishes.

    Thank you, I can relate to everything you say, for so it is with me. All too flippantly, commercialism states “Jesus is the reason for the Season”, yet They have stated the greatest truth that can be said!
    Blessings to you, and those you love, this Christmas Season, and always.

    Hi Brenda,
    Thank you for your devotional this morning. I feel the same as you do, is that all there is. We are continually bombarded with more reason to buy and donate and the commercialism of Christmas is to us at least most disturbing. The birth of Christ is being pushed more and more in the background.
    We wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas and a happy new year.

    Good question. Through my life, I have also found that the more I have the more I (seem to) want. There is always another magnet in the material world to be added to all the others that have been accumulated.
    However, with age comes the wisdom of knowing that it is relationships that are important, as is the all important one with Jesus.
    Christmas can be sad, when I think of all those folk who don’t fully understand the true meaning of Christmas.
    Good message, Brenda.
    Keep on a’writing girl.

    Very interesting. The chorus of that song has been running through my head for the last month or so. I remember my mom singing it when I was very young. I didn’t actually know the rest of the words. When I read your devotional, it prompted me to finally look up the lyrics.
    Thank you for a well timed message.

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