“The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.” Eccl.1:8
What’s your _____??
I’m wondering what you think will make you happier in 2012 than in 2011?
You say, I will be happy if _____.
I’ll be content if I can accomplish _____.
If I can have ____, then life is GOOD!
We all have something we think will make us happy, fully satisfied and will fill that BLANK if our lives. “If I just had a bit more money in the bank….” “If only my spouse would go to church, show me more consideration, or love me more….” “If I could just have that gorgeous person in my life….” “Once I have the latest iPhone/Pod/Pad then….” “If only I could be healed from….”
But, even IF we could have all those things and more, there’s something else to long for just around the corner. More money, more fun, a sexier man/woman, newer car, greater security… Where does it end?
Jesus told a woman in a dusty little village that if she drank water from their earthly well, she would thirst again. That’s our human predicament. We thirst again, lust again, covet again, and WANT again. Otherwise, why would children want more toys after a bountiful Christmas? Or, if you can handle it, my husband says it this way:
“Why publish monthly issues of Penthouse? Shouldn’t one suffice?”
What/who can ever satisfy our parched thirst for more, and more, and more??
Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again…
…but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life!
If the Lord isn’t our BLANK, our One Thing, we will keep coming up empty, thirsty, and dissatisfied.
…your one thing will control your heart, and whatever controls your heart will exercise inescapable influence over your words, choices, and actions. Your one thing will become that which shapes and directs your responses to the situations and relationships of your daily life. If the Lord isn’t your one thing, the thing that is your one thing will be your lord!” Paul Tripp, A Shelter in a Time of Storm, page 38.
I fall prey to the illusive concept of satisfaction, even as life’s decades pile high. I need to be reminded that my blanks will never be filled in adequately apart from Christ–I will thirst again, want new toys, *need* new things.
May we be more like David, when he prayed in Psalm 27:
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
Be THOU my Vision, Oh Lord.
Jesus alone satisfies and He will never disappoint!
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:5
O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
[Check out my post, Enough, for more encouragement on this subject.]