Everywhere I turn I am being told what I need to make me happy. It could be something I need to purchase (the newest car, toy, home improvement), something I need to do (that best vacation, getaway) or a way to spend my time (less work, more leisure time, different job).
But I wonder if sometimes we are not as fulfilled and happy as God designed us to be because our focus is too often on the wrong thing – me!
I have been reflecting on Isaiah 55:1-3 which says: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.”
I wonder if we sometimes are drinking from the wrong well or eating the wrong food. I wonder if we sometimes work and labor so hard, when we already have all we need. I wonder if we buy new things, try new experiences, pursue the next greatest thing, or simply try to escape, when all along, God invites us to come to him and get the only thing that will bring delight and satisfaction to our souls – himself.
The problem we have is that the things we pursue have instant gratification, but it is shallow and short-lived. When we pursue the one who created us, there is a process that takes time. It is the repeated pursuit of Jesus that makes all the difference, and as we do this over the long haul, we find that our souls are totally and completely satisfied. The kind of satisfaction that lasts and the kind of joy that cannot be lost.
I encourage you to get in this for the long haul and pursue Jesus every day. As you do, may you find satisfaction and delight in the one who created you.
Weldon Lemke has been leading Hope Chapel since 2009 with a passion to see people come to know God and grow to maturity in Him.