Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Satisfied Soul

Saint Augustine is well known for his oft quoted saying, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” His only desire was to know God intimately and worship Him faithfully.

One of God’s greatest gifts is the incompleteness we feel until we allow Him to make us complete in Christ. The emptiness we feel and the desire we have for “something more” seems to come with every beat of our hearts.

Often this longing is never realized unless God forces us into a corner or shuts us in a dark room. Recently a friend said, “The best thing that ever happened to me was to be diagnosed with cancer. It stopped me short and made me realize that everything I thought would bring me peace and satisfaction was an illusion. None of my accomplishments mattered any more nor could any of the wealth I accumulated purchase any peace. My cancer made me realize that everything I had could not be exchanged for one simple heart beat or a breath of fresh air.

Often it takes a serious illness or other tragedy in life to force us to face the reality of our helplessness, hopeless and emptiness. Many times we think that our “business” in church activities will bring us peace when we face the uncertainties of life.

When David faced a spiritual collapse he knew exactly what to do and where to go and Who had the solution: “My soul thirsts for You; my body longs for You.”

Prayer: How grateful we are, Father, that You care for us so much that You give us no rest till we rest in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 63:1b My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.

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