By the opening of your hand, every living thing has its desire in full measure.—Psalms 145:16C.S. Lewis is reported to have said, “If I find in myself longings and desire for which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only probable explanation is that I must have been made for a different world.” Have you ever felt a vague longing for something more than you were presently experiencing, but then found yourself at a loss to put your finger on exactly what it was you wanted? You are not alone.
What we are truly longing for is not more of this world’s wares, but to drink deeply of the soul-quenching love we were created for. (For more on this topic, please download To Love and Be Loved from https://renewedheartministries.com/resources.asp?t=sermons.)
Haggai describes God and His love for us as the “desired of all nations.” “‘ …the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty” (Haggai 2:7). David said that from God’s hand every one of us finds every one of our desires fully satisfied.
Yet, there must be a word of caution. An encounter with God, as the majority of Christianity portrays Him today, will not accomplish this satisfaction of the soul. On the contrary, we must experience God as Jesus came to reveal Him. It is only in experiencing the truth of what He really is that we stand in awe. To experience God as He is in Christ leaves us standing in the presence of love beyond description. In each of us, there will begin to be an awakening of deep resonance. Something inside us will begin to whisper, “This, this is what I’ve always been searching for.” We will begin to sense that this encounter, this love, is what we were made for. We will collapse into the embrace of His perfect love, while every fiber of our being says in harmony, “He truly is beautiful if we can just see Him as He truly is.”
Is your heart thirsty for more than this world can give, dear friend? Would you like to experience this deep, soul-quenching love? Embark on a quest of discovery. Make the goal of discovering the truth of God’s character, as seen through Jesus, your paramount goal in life. Then, and only then, will everything else pale in comparison.
“You who in heart long for something better than this world can give, recognize this longing as the voice of God to your soul.” (Ellen White, Steps to Christ, p. 28)
“Through influences seen and unseen, our Saviour is constantly at work to attract the minds of men from the unsatisfying pleasures of sin to the infinite blessings that may be theirs in Him. To all these souls, who are vainly seeking to drink from the broken cisterns of this world, the divine message is addressed, ‘Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.’ Revelations 22:17.” (Ellen White, Steps to Christ, p. 28)