“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened“ (Romans 1:21 ESV).
Have you ever gotten what you wanted and been disappointed? The oil spill disaster of 2010 reminded me how craving stuff can backfire on us.
America has had a love affair with oil. Some argue we’ve sacrificed our own sons and daughters to fight to maintain access to this prized source of a comfortable lifestyle. But after the oil spill, our nation wished we could stop the gushing oil in the gulf and magically erase the damage.
Romans 1:18-32 says God revealed Himself to humanity through His creation. But many worshiped the created instead of the Creator. Doing so released a gush of oily lusts.
And God let them have what they wanted. Where did those cravings lead? To worse lusts. Eventually, they led to envy, murder, greed, and depravity.
When we seek satisfaction apart from God, we become emptier and baser. The broken lives of many of the rich and famous remind us that stuff never satisfies. Proverbs put it this way, “Never satisfied are the eyes of man” (Pro. 27:20 ESV).
God created us to enjoy Him. Substitutes for God are as satisfying as a diet of cola and cotton candy.
But those who desire God find satisfaction (Matt. 5:6).Even simple experiences provide great pleasure to a contented heart. Click To Tweet
God doesn’t force Himself on anyone. “The way, and the truth, and the life” invites us to come to Him and find our way and experience eternal life (Jn. 10:10).Eternal life in the Bible speaks of a quality of life as well as a quantity of time. Click To Tweet
The psalmist said, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). When we delight in God, He creates in us longings for Himself and the good gifts that truly satisfy.
God delights in satisfying us with good gifts. But He knows that anything, even good things, that replace Him in our hearts, will neither satisfy nor be what we imagined them to be.Are your longings leading you to or away from what you really need? Click To Tweet
May God make the psalmist’s prayer true for us, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you” (Psalm 73:25 ESV).
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Debbie W. Wilson
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