Ever get that feeling, deep down, that something is
missing. It gnaws at the pit of your
stomach, almost as if you are hungry, but food won’t satisfy the feeling. With the agitation, you pace back and forth,
nothing seems to settle you down, and if you would allow yourself, you might
abandon everything, hoping, in someway, to find relief.
We were created to be satisfied, to find contentment in the
Creator, but as sin has ravaged the landscape our ability to find what we
deeply desire, more often than not, eludes us.
Posting on Facebook, some friends have observed, “Trusting God
completely means Faith that he knows what is best for your life,” “Don’t
confuse your path with your destination. Just because it’s stormy now doesn’t
mean that you aren’t headed for sunshine,” and a quote from proverbs 29:26,
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be
delivered.” All of these observation
have a basic understanding in common, “God is the source of all things.”
Understanding the concept of God as source is important if
we are to find satisfaction in life, in both the good and the bad times. In the beginning (Genesis 1 and 2) we see
that God is the source of creation, He breathes into man a life giving spirit,
and he walks with him in the garden.
There were no nagging doubts about roles and purpose. God gave life, He assigned responsibilities,
and He sustained all that was, and it was good.
Knowing God as the source of all things gives us a place to
return when we are looking for answers.
Knowing God as the source of all things gives us security when life
becomes unstable. Knowing God as the
source of all things gives us hope, because what he declared good in the
beginning, though marred and obscured by sin, is still good today. When
we get those gnawing feelings they are signs of something missing, they are God
given, not that we would lose hope, but that we would seek satisfaction in Him,
to find answers in His good will, and find rest in His love and grace.
It isn’t easy, because sin has deceived us into believing
that our way is best, that we can find satisfaction and contentment in other
things, or that running away will bring us the peace we are seeking. And because we can’t see tomorrow we tend to
worry, and miss the opportunities that we have today. That is why Jesus said not to think about
tomorrow, for today is enough to be concerned about.
A friend’s husband went into the hospital this week,
another’s mom had a stroke, another lost his job, and still another is trying
to figure out where he fits in the world of churches. All of them will wrestle with fundamental
questions of God’s goodness and will. If
they seek answers apart from God’s revealed word, the gnawing feelings they
have inside will never be satisfied.
They will find themselves further from the source of all goodness and
peace. In my own daily search for deep
meaning and satisfaction, I think it best to go straight to the source. I’m just saying……