A young child had been lost in the woods. After a long search, the rescue team found him and returned him to his anxious parents. With tear-filled eyes he looked at his mother and said, “Mom, when I was lost in the woods, I had no one to turn to. Now that I’m back in your arms, I do!”
A Psalmist made the same statements: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing that I desire besides You.”
No one or no thing can do for us what our Heavenly Father can do for us. Nor is there anyone anywhere who will ever mean more to us or be more for us than our Lord – if we allow Him.
Some, we know, turn to materialism rather than the Master. There is nothing wrong with having money and what money can buy, but it is wrong when we worship money, allow our lives to be consumed with making money so we can acquire the things of this world. In the end, materialism consumes us because there is never enough to calm our fears or give us peace.
Others look for the answers to life in science. Science has provided many benefits and increased and made our lives more enjoyable. But science cannot cleanse us from sin or assure us of peace and hope in this world and a life with our Father in the world to come. Science can improve our earthly lives, but it cannot impart eternal life.
Wisely the Psalmist reviewed his past carefully, considered his future, and realized that apart from God there was nothing worth living for. He asked the right question.
Prayer: Help us to understand, Father, that in You we find peace and satisfaction, completeness and hope. May we discover what brings fullness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing that I desire besides you. Psalm 73:25