What is it for you? It's usually the mindless act of scrolling through my phone for me. Other times, it's the dark chocolate morsels found in my pantry. Then, there's the one item I need to buy. The longing of my soul must be satisfied. Contentment must be found, and I search for it in the shallow depths of earthly things.
“All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.”
Ecclesiastes 6:7, NIV
What do you do to satisfy the deep longings of your soul?
On my wayward days, I feel as if I'm wrestling God, wanting to live life on my own. The ugly truth is I want life to be about my glory instead of his. Deception comes upon me like a bandit, and I'm lost into thinking my life is for me. I gratify my wayward passions with earthly things. I use them, abuse them, and rip them apart, all in hope to find something more out of life. I want more, but nothing ever satisfies.
But then, God is here, breaking me free of my hopeless deception. Convicting me to repentance and inviting my wayward soul to find joy in him.
“'For in him we live and move and have our being'”
Acts 17:28a, NIV
How can we look anywhere else?
“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Psalm 107:9, NIV
Can you relate to my struggle? Are you longing for more out of life and are miserably empty? My prayer for you is “that you would be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19b, NIV
Join me this week as we direct our minds and hearts to the only one who can fully satisfy us. We will be studying several passages from the book of Revelation. I don't know about you, but reading about the throne of God and eternity stirs in me an excitement and passion to be with the Lord. And being in the presence of God is exactly where we are filled with joy, (Psalm 16:11). Every deep longing we have is satisfied in him alone.
Please click here to download this week's reading guide. Let's begin by reading a verse from Monday's passage.
“'You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.'” Revelation 4:11, NIV
As you read the verse, consider the following:
Name the characteristics attributed to God in this verse.
What does this verse say about us?
What is one of our purposes in life?
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