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“Moreover, you played the harlot with the Assyrians because you were not satisfied; you even played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. You also multiplied your harlotry with the land of merchants, Chaldea, yet even with this you were not satisfied.” Ezekiel 16:28-29, NASB

Not satisfied– that doesn’t sound so bad, does it? I mean, sometimes I’m not satisfied with my clothes or my appearance. My house. My lawn. My car. Ugh, how incredibly superficial. But, I’m just being honest.

I realize deeper dissatisfactions lurk as well, like occasionally not being satisfied with my ministry reach or results. I’ve even entertained spells of not being satisfied with my beloved husband–wishing he met my needs perfectly. Really, that’s not fair, yet my flesh isn’t interested in fairness or righteousness. It’s bent on satisfying myself.

Sad to say, the Israelites were laden with dissatisfaction … and it led them into terrible sin. God, in His incomprehensible mercy and grace, gave them life and nurtured them. Pouring out unbelievable blessings on them, He showered them with everlasting love. They needed nothing.

Still, they weren’t satisfied.

Israel decided it wanted what other nations possessed. Turning away from God, the people of God pursued fleshly desires. They turned their noses up at Him–arrogantly determining the “grass was greener on the other side.”

Don’t we sometimes do the same? And when we’re not satisfied, we open ourselves up to committing egregious sins.

If we allow our dissatisfactions to prevail, we take the bait. We latch onto Satan’s temptation–whatever it might be–and decide to try it. Remember Eve in the Garden of Eden? Her appearance was perfect. Her circumstances were perfect. Her husband was perfect. Yet she wasn’t satisfied. So she fell for the evil one’s lure, his lie: being like God. We’re all living the results of her disastrous decision, which surely would have been our choice as well.

Dissatisfaction has existed since time began. Just because we’re Christians doesn’t mean we’re immune to it. I challenge each of us to ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and identify where we’re not satisfied. By His power, these areas need to be removed now so they don’t lead to devastating sins tomorrow. Let’s consider:

  • How am I not satisfied with the way God made me?
  • How am I dissatisfied with the relationships God has blessed me with?
  • How do I lack satisfaction with God and His provisions–material and spiritual?

Surely these aspects only address a fraction of what resides in our hearts. But evaluating them will enable us to see some root problems before they grow into sinful actions. As we acknowledge them before the Lord, He’ll show us how to overcome.

Dear one, we can search for satisfaction like a bride eagerly looks for the ultimate dress. We can pursue all this world offers as intently as lions hunt prey. But unless we seek the living God, we’ll come up empty–Every. Time.

The Israelites benefitted from God’s tender love and enormous generosity. They weren’t satisfied.

Eve enjoyed the very presence of God in the garden. She wasn’t satisfied.

In God alone–through Christ alone–we’re perfectly satisfied.

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Tidbits of Truth: Forever

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“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8, NASB

Creation’s beauty brings temporary delight, but God’s exquisite, Holy Word lasts forever. Let’s cherish it today.

Always Ready

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“And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord’s word, seated at His feet.” Luke 10:39, NASB

Sprawled across my bed at thirteen years old, I wasn’t particularly interested in the Scripture passage before my eyes. Still, I finished reading. Though I felt dissatisfied, I knew deep within that spending time in God’s Word was vitally important. It didn’t entertain or thrill me most of the time. I probably didn’t even read daily, and sometimes I prayed for a desire to read because I just couldn’t conjure it up on my own.

We live in a world inundated with activity. Entertainment. Distractions. Responsibilities. Noise.

Yet the Lord hasn’t left us unequipped–He’s provided all we need to encounter daily life filled with His peace and strength. The truth is, however, we often overlook this empowering privilege because we’re not interested or we’re too busy.

But friends, we MUST have it.

It’s not complicated, yet it does require discipline.

This ‘must have’ for every Christian is TIME WITH HIM.

God. Is. Faithful. As He continues to sanctify and grow me, He’s given me a tremendous love for His Word since my teenage years. These days, I literally feel the effects of skipping a day or two of Bible reading and prayer. My family does, too.

How about you? Do you jump out of bed and speed through the day until you’re so exhausted you drop back into bed? Sometimes I do. Do you feel distanced from the Lord and somewhat out of sync? That’s me from time to time. Are you lonely and uncertain or dissatisfied and overwhelmed? Unfortunately, all of those feelings describe me now and then.

Please try this with me: open your Bible, ask God to speak to you personally, and allow His everlasting Word to wash over you … to fill you … soothe you. Pay attention to words, phrases and verses that leap off the page, knowing He is speaking to you–right there, right now. And bend on your knees in prayer. Worship Him by describing His marvelous qualities. Confess any sins He brings to mind, and thank Him for the amazing blessings He grants you. Freely share your concerns and ask Him for help.

Oh, friend. God is our treasure. Let’s follow Mary’s example of sitting at His feet and soaking in His Word. Time with the Lord can’t be replaced with anything this world offers. Nothing satisfies like Scripture, and no one loves like Jesus.

He’s always ready to welcome us into His presence.

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Tidbits of Truth: Standing

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But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30, NASB

IN CHRIST, we stand righteous, holy, and redeemed–because of God and God alone.

Prayer Partners: Learning to Live

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“By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9, NASB

Loving Father in heaven,

It’s been a busy day–the plans I formed were set aside for plans You possessed. And it is good.

I didn’t have time. Other responsibilities weighed on me. But You gently led me to stay–to help a loved one in need. To show love by doing … to enjoy time together. Thank You for giving me grace to love today.

Now I’m smiling. My heart treasures Your joy in return for this small act of obedience. Thank You.

I’m grateful You’re teaching me how to live–to follow the Spirit’s leading and fulfill Your heart’s desire, not mine. For when I’m left to myself, life easily revolves around my wants and needs … my interests and responsibilities. But You? You’re interested in people, and You’re showing me that others should be at the top of my list too. Because without loving and being loved, life is empty.

I long to be FULL–filled to overflowing with Your goodness, Your generosity, Your kindness. Your love. The more I come to know You and seek to walk in Your ways, You teach me how to LOVE.

Lord, You. Are. Love. Exquisite, majestic, and eternal, You exceed my grandest imaginations. How can it be You’re interested in me?

Yet You are. And as You teach me to love like You, I’m learning to live.

In Jesus’ magnificent name, Amen.

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