We feel an emptiness, a void that just seems insatiable. We are starving for something. We are longing for love, acceptance, significance, and hope. .Everyone seems to toil with feelings of dissatisfaction at one point or another. We feel depleted, weak, insignificant and overlooked without any hope. We are hungry to be filled. We often feel everything is meaningless and fall into traps that can lead us further down the dissatisfaction path. We often feel that, “Everyone’s toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied.” (Ecclesiastes 6:7) Continually working and striving, doing anything to meet our need. Trying to buy ourselves satisfaction. Trying to make anything fill our void whether it be clothes, food, cars, people, power, career, or money, none produce lasting success. We are hungry for more. We work tirelessly to achieve and then we realize we need more. There is always something else we see and desire. We need to practice taking a step back and look at our desires. We need to really examine what is behind them.
Really take a look at our hearts. What is the real reason behind our striving? When we are dieting, what is the really the underlying reason? Are you afraid of sickness? Are you trying to get Instagram followers? Are you trying to get a spouse? Are you trying to look a certain way? Are you trying to keep up with someone else? Are you trying to honor God with the gifts He has given you? Are you trying to get ahead at work? Are you trying to fit in? Are you trying to look like Beyonce? Are you afraid of ending up like a relative? Are you trying to be significant? Are you trying to encourage someone else? Are you trying to get an illness under control?
It is is easy to get caught up in all of these ways of thinking. A lot of people keep extending the carrot further. At first there goal may be more realistic, healthy looking body and when they think they are still not good enough focusing on flaws and are never satisfied with how they look or who they are. I know I personally find myself get caught into a web of dissatisfaction. Whether it be income, health, friends, or career. I always feel like I need more. This normally stems from a heart issue (more realistically, issues!). I try to find out what is behind my goals. It normally does not involve God as my focal point. I have to remind myself that God is the source and sustainer of all good things, and “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” (Psalm 23:1) I lack nothing! I may be frustrated, but I can still be satisfied. I do not need to turn to anything else. I do not need to go shopping online, eat cookies, eat everything in sight, keep performing, achieve anything, be married, have a child or have a six pack. I lack nothing where I am right now in Him. When I rest in His arms, I am satisfied; I just need to turn my heart towards Him. I need to see where I am trying to find satisfaction and then rest in His arms. I need to remind myself to live this out:
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.”
Prayer for you to help you turn to God and be completely satisfied with Him:
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1) Allow my heart to be completely for You and filled by You. I no longer want to be a dry parched land let me experience, “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13) Teach me how to turn to You instead of destructive habits and mindsets. Let me find my significance and love from You and You alone. Your love and acceptance is all I need, and I am sorry I do not anyways see that. I am sorry I turn to other habits instead of You. I no longer want to fill my God void with physical things, whether it be eating, achieving or relationships I am sorry and I turn to Your love. Your amazing love, it never fails and I am so grateful that You satisfy! You are my source of peace, love joy, and security. Thank you for everything and for extending Your arms open for me when I turn to You. Thank You for Your amazing grace and mercy extended towards me when I get things mixed up. You are so perfect! I love You and I thank You for everything You have done for me and for being my source of satisfaction. I thank You that I lack nothing and I do not need to do anything more to be satisfied. I come to You by Jesus’ blood and His precious name I pray this. Amen.