“What else do I have in heaven but you? Since I have you, what else could I want on earth? My mind and my body may grow weak, but God is my strength; he is all I ever need.”
– Psalms 73:25-26 GNT
Have you ever desired something so badly that you thought you’d pass out if you didn’t get it? Perhaps you wished for a bicycle, a specific toy, or a video game as a child because you believed that was all you needed to be happy. Were you completely satisfied when you eventually got what you wanted? Did you stop wanting other things in your life?
It is human nature to seek out things that will bring us joy. Everyone seeks that “special” something that can bring them happiness and satisfy their desires. The harsh reality is that we will never find true, lasting fulfilment in people or worldly possessions because God did not create us to derive joy from earthly pleasures. As a result, nothing and no one on this planet will ever be sufficient for us. All of these things, at best, will provide us with fleeting pleasure; they will never fully satisfy our thirst.
In Colossians 3:1-2, Apostle Paul is emphasizing the character of the New Man in Christ Jesus. He says, “You have been raised to life with Christ. Now set your heart on what is in heaven, where Christ rules at God’s right side. Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth.”
We should focus our hearts and affections on things above—on Christ! If thoughts of Jesus and His kingdom do not occupy a significant space in your heart, your true affections and devotions are most likely directed elsewhere.
That isn’t to say that desiring a car, a job, or a child, for example, is inherently bad. We have a good Father who is concerned about us and our lives down to the smallest detail. As a result, it is acceptable to communicate with Him about your wants and needs. However, it becomes a problem when you make these things an idol, elevating them above Christ and expecting them to bring you the fulfilment that only He can.
God desires that we live well on earth, but He does not desire that we be consumed by a desire for earthly things. He desires that we be satisfied, but most importantly, that we are satisfied IN HIM. So that even if we lost everything, our joy would remain intact because it is firmly rooted in the immutable Christ!
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him,” as one Christian preacher explains. What a perspective! Christ alone is our greatest joy!
I recognize and accept that nothing else in this world will ever satisfy me
Above all, Christ is my exceeding delight
He is my greatest joy, and he commands the majority of my affections
If He is all I have, I am content and happy
Bible Reading Plan: Job 37-38