What would it take for you to feel satisfied with your work, your circumstances, your love life, your relationships, or even yourself?
How many times have you thought, “If I just had such-and-such…” or “If so-and-so would just…”? Then what? Then you’d be happy? Then the work would be done? Then you could finally take better care of yourself or your family, maybe enjoy life more?
Living here on this earth, we’re well-acquainted with lack and limitation. “I can’t because….” But what if you could have everything you need right here, right now? Does that sound impossible?
And yet, Psalm 34:8-10 tells us it’s not. Fear of the Lord is the key according to that passage, but few of us live in such fear of the Lord that we wouldn’t dare make a decision—even a small one—without listening to God. Proverbs 3:5-7. And listening to God takes purposeful intimacy that grows from a deep love for Him and full-hearted surrender to His ways. John 14:15, 1 John 2:3-6, 5:3-4, 2 John 6, Psalm 119:32.
The problem with focusing on what we lack is we miss the fact that we already have all we need. Psalm 90:14, 145:16, Isaiah 55:2, 58:11, Jeremiah 31:14, 31:25. True joy and fulfillment is not found in comfortable circumstances through answered prayer, but in the One Who hears us, loves us and is working all things together for good. Romans 8:28.
What is it you’re lacking? Have you longed for that, prayed for it, trusted God to provide, but still aren’t getting what you feel is so desperately needed? “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV). Let Christ become your one desire. Delight in Him.
No one gets everything he wants in life, unless his desire is for God; then He most certainly will satisfy him with Himself.
There is no lack, no limitation, with God. His Kingdom and resources are boundless. Matthew 19:26. If you’re feeling needy, don’t just pray for things to go your way. Love the Lord, delight in Him. Seek His Kingdom first, and then let Him be the One to supply all your true needs as He empowers you to walk through trials His way.
Let hearing from the Lord and obeying Him be your true joy, and His felt presence all you need. Matthew 6:33-34, Ephesians 3:16-20, Philippians 4:19.
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.” Proverbs 14:27a (NIV).
Want to know more about how to recognize God’s voice, feel His presence, bask in His love and delight in Him? Take Delight to Become a Woman of God or Dare to Become a Kingdom Culture Leader into your quiet times.