How desperate we are for Christ! Do we know it? Perhaps one of the greatest gifts of God is being aware of our need for Him. Who likes to come face-to-face with his desperation? It’s frightening, isn’t it? How much we need God and how dire the situation is if we attempt to live without Him.
It seems most of us lean toward either numbing ourselves to our desperation or toward addictions that may, for a time, fill our emptiness. Either way, we feel we have control, for a while at least, and we think we can skip disappointment and pain. It can take extreme situations to shake us from these patterns and wake us up to reality.
The truth is, each of us was made for a deep, intimate, fulfilling relationship with God, our Creator. Until we realize have that, life isn’t going to feel right. Something will always be missing. I experienced this for many years, even knowing God but keeping Him at a distance from me.
We can’t numb ourselves enough to not feel the pain of our separation from God – there really is a hole in our hearts and it hurts! Neither can we find any temporary pleasure that will fill us enough. We will need more and more until either we are destroyed or we strangle the life right out of the people and things we grasp so tightly.
Only God is enough.
Good things, bad things, doesn’t matter….everything and everyone will eventually fail us if we take our expectations to them as if they were God.
We are meant to be addicted to Christ.
That’s no exaggeration. That’s the one place, the one being that we can ask for more of and hear, sure, as much as you want! I love that thought! We know moderation is the secret of so much in this life….but with God, just dive in and expect more of Him. We’ll never be disappointed.
It’s not hard to find this longing in the Bible. In just the book of Psalms, you’ll find these desires basically on every page.
Psalm 42:1 “So my soul pants for you, O God. “
Psalm 42:2 “My soul thirst for God, for the living God. “
Psalm 39:7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. “
Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord.”
Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place.”
Psalm 62:1 “My soul finds rest in God alone.”
Psalm 63:8 “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”
Psalm 90:14 “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love.”
Psalm 107:9 “For he [God] satisfies the thirsty and feeds the hungry with good things. “
Psalm 119:120 “My flesh trembles in fear of you: I stand in awe of your laws.”
So here’s the good news today – if you’ve usually numbed your heart because you’ve been hurt or disappointed, it really is OK open up and start living. God will never disappoint you! He loved you enough to die for you! You mean that much to Him!!
And if you’re looking for fulfillment in earthly addictions, you realize you do need something. So, look toward the only one that can 100% satisfy you – God. He has all the joy, hope and pleasure you are seeking. It may sound bizarre to you if you’ve never looked at God this way. But, it doesn’t take long for most of us to know there has got to be something more than what we find on earth. He’s the One our hearts crave and He is waiting for you to turn to Him. Do it today, don’t waste another day!