by Kathleen Whitten
Enduring the begging for unnecessary and expensive items became preferable to the soaring summer temperatures. So I took my two young children to the mall.
As we sat at the base of an indoor fountain, my three-year-old played “How-close-can-I-get-to-the-water-without-getting-in-major-trouble” while my daughter and I people watched.
The expressions on people’s faces did not look peaceful or content. On the contrary, most people (even those carrying many wonderful purchases) looked downright dissatisfied.
It appears then, that even when we are able to buy, obtain, receive, achieve whatever it is that we think that we want, many times there is still no lasting satisfaction.
True and lasting satisfaction is a gift from God. No one, no matter how much money, influence, or will power, can achieve lasting satisfaction for himself except that God give it to him.
All of us yearn for lasting satisfaction and we all have desires. The good news is that God says that He wants to satisfy our desires with good things! (Psalm 103:5)
So what moves God to satisfy our desires with good things?
When we seek Him first.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these other things will be given to you as well.”(Matthew 6:33)
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”(Psalm 37:4)
When we seek God’s ways (loving others, obeying His voice, allowing Him to change our hearts), then He gives us many “other things!” And when we delight ourselves in God (enjoying Him, talking to Him, praising Him), then He promises to give us the desires of our heart (those desires that no one but God knows that we even have). And only then do we have true and lasting satisfaction.
True and lasting satisfaction is a gift from God that no one wants to return.
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