It is interesting to realize that Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry, and whoever believes in me will never become thirsty'” (John 6:35)! But shockingly, many believers are still looking for other “things,” other adventures to excite them; hungering and thirsting for fulfillment and satisfaction through different methods and sources. I don’t understand it! Why can’t they find their fulfillment in Jesus?
When we were growing up, we always believed that we might find satisfaction in a new bike or toy. Every Christmas we sent our lists to Santa feeling that he would make us happy. But, do you remember what happened? We came up with other things that we needed. As we grew older, we thought our satisfaction would arrive when we got good grades, or beautiful chicks to keep us occupied and distracted. Or, it was that car!
The funny thing happened. We were always left discontented. Wanting more. When we became adults, our desires and “needs” changed. They became a better job, a bigger house, the best-behaved kids who graduated with honors! All of those things were supposed to quench our thirst. But what happened? We were still left wanting more.
Here’s the thing. You and I were designed for much more than the “material things of life.” We will never find our peace if we always have our eyes fixed on possessions or even, people. The things in this world are like chasing the wind. Once we are finally worn out from all of our searchings, we will be left empty and disappointed. With nothing but regrets filling our hearts! We will look back and realize that we wasted all that time chasing leaves blowing in the wind when we could have been resting and allowing joy and peace to settle our hearts.
As one writer explained it: “Our hearts are black holes of discontentment, devouring relationships and possessions, all while screaming, ‘I need more.’ We’re always eating, but famished. Always drinking, but never satisfied.” However, as Juan Carlos Ortiz taught, “There is no need to go thirsty when you are swimming in the Amazon River!” Friends, we belong to Him and He wants us to be His resting place. We need to open our hearts to that truth and give Him glory by receiving it.
But Glory to God, that is just the beginning! Jesus said, “When the Spirit of Truth comes, [Has He come? Well, then] he will guide you into the full truth. He won’t speak on his own. [He won’t? No!] He will speak what He hears and will tell you about things to come!” (John 16:13). That was a declaration of complete intimacy! James declared, “If any of you needs the wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you. God is generous to everyone and doesn’t find fault with them.”
All you have to do is ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you! The Lord declares,
“I am closer than you think. You keep looking ‘out yonder,’ when the whole time I am closer than you know. I am waiting for you to call to me, to ask me to come to your aide.
I want to show you things to come. I long to show you more of Jesus and Father. I love for you to ask me questions, to search for understanding. I don’t want you lost and confused. It is my joy to lead you into all truth. I will lead you and guide you to whatever you need.”
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