We are all looking for something to fill us, to be satisfied and content. There is a longing deep inside that just leaves us wanting more. But often times we try and fill this hole with other things, leaving us dissatisfied with the result.
Shopping, eating, alcohol, and being famous won’t fill this void. Sex, looking for the next boyfriend or girlfriend won’t do it either. Having more possessions, or the newest thing will just keep you running to the wrong thing for more. Drugs will only numb the pain for awhile. Getting married, having kids, buying a house and all this will only fill us for a bit. All these things, good and bad will never give us what we are ultimately looking for.
And we will keep going back. Doing the same thing over and over again, with the same unsuccessful results.
I write this as one who struggles myself. Every day I have this longing for something more. More than what this world can give me. But instead of going to what will fill me, I get caught up in things that can’t and never will. It seems so much easier to get the quick fix. I reach for the things right in front of me, because how can someone/something satisfy me when I can’t see it? The physical seems better than the spiritual.
But when the fix or the excitement wears away, I am exactly where I was before. Lost, and longing for true filling of my soul. I’m again reminded that only Jesus can do that. He is the one thing that satisfies the thirst in my soul for something more. I long to be near him, and have him involved in my life.
Becoming aware of what I tend to run to instead of Jesus has helped me fight off the temptation to go to other things but him. Whenever I feel the need to get my fix again, I pray and ask the Lord to help me remember where I can find true satisfaction and worth. In nothing but him.
All other things are temporary. Ask him to fill you because he is able.