Sometimes we sacrifice what’s truly important when we go after anything other than Christ for fulfillment. He is the only One who can meet our deepest needs and fill us with contentment.
Do you ever ask yourself the hard questions? The ones like:
What is my goal in life?
Am I really putting God first?
What is most important to me?
It’s sad to say, but recently I realized how often I’ve bought into the notion that ‘things’ will make me happy. Instead of spending time cultivating my relationship with Christ, I’ve drifted toward thinking ‘stuff’ will fill my satisfaction-tank. You too?
Don’t Be Surprised
This type of thinking is the norm in our society today. Advertising has us convinced that we need the next best thing in order to be happy; and we rush out mindlessly to get it.
I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind. – Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays
Author and pastor, James MacDonald gives the following insight:
I have learned over many years of teaching the Lord’s people, especially in North America, that covetousness has a powerful stronghold in people’s lives. In fact, we are not only in bondage to covetousness, but we are in serious denial about it. – James MacDonald
Back to the Wilderness
The children of Israel continue to teach me valuable lessons. They often struggled with wanting something different than what they were given.
Consider the following scenario: God had provided the Israelites with manna to eat when they were en route from Egypt to the Promised Land. Manna was similar to coriander seed, and tasted like fresh oil.
Somewhere along the way, they decided the food in Egypt had been better. Never mind the fact they served as slaves there – when they focused on the food they were missing, the grumbling began:
We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. Numbers 11:5-6
The Lord saw their covetous attitudes and heard their complaining. He gave them what they wanted; but it cost them dearly:
They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their souls. Psalm 106:13-15
The Right Piece to the Puzzle
When I try to fit things in the spot meant for relationship with Christ, it’s like trying to fit a square puzzle piece into a circular opening. It doesn’t work. No amount of pushing will make it fit.
Just like the Israelites, I sacrifice what’s truly important when I go after anything other than Christ for fulfillment. He is the only One who can meet my deepest needs and fill me with contentment.
Have you been trying to find contentment in something other than Christ? What step will you take today to refocus on your relationship with Him?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for showing me the truth about covetousness. I repent of wanting more things, and today I turn to You for fulfillment. Help me be content with what You’ve given me and to find my satisfaction in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.