"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Unfulfilled Desires & Relationships

Can you relate to any of this?  Agree, disagree, have something to add?

Perhaps our deep unfulfilled desires can help show us that we were made for something no earthly thing can satisfy.  Just as children tire of their Christmas toys shortly after they've received them, so as adults our latest purchases or home renovations or business deals leave us looking for that elusive something. If we live in a fallen world, alienated from God, this is no wonder. God has "set eternity in the hearts" of us all (Eccles. 3:11) so that we will be satisfied with nothing less than God alone. In the psalmist's words:

Whom have I in heaven but you?
              And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
              but God is the strength of my heart
                 and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26

Perhaps our deepest desires have been placed within us by God because we are meant for a loving relationship with him. The secular pursuit of the 'ulitmate experience' will disappoint us because all our desires are properly ordered when God is central in our lives.

pg. 18, "That's Just YOUR Interpretation" by Paul Copan


Can we quit acting as if we have God all figured out? You can know God, but to think that you can know God in the fullest sense of the word would be laughable if it weren't so detrimental. Because of the accumulation of and access to knowledge, our generation knows so much. Yet in the timeless scheme of things, we know so little.  What would happen if we had the intellectual courage to admit our ignorance?


Maybe it's time to admit that we don't know all the answers. But we know the One who does.  Maybe we've been offering the wrong thing.  We offer answers.  God offers a relationship through Jesus Christ.  His answers to our questions isn't knowledge. It's a relationship.

pg.106, Primal by Mark Batterson

5 comments:

Nocturnal Queen said...

Agree. :-)

Lat said...

I like this very much!

"Can we quit acting as if we have God all figured out? You can know God, but to think that you can know God in the fullest sense of the word would be laughable if it weren't so detrimental. Because of the accumulation of and access to knowledge, our generation knows so much. Yet in the timeless scheme of things, we know so little."

Just want to say that it's highly possible for God to offer His relationship to anyone He wants not just thru' Jesus.Millions of people had before,now and millions will still have the fortune to receive it.Because I believe that God is like an open treasure box with lots of bouties to give and to keep giving more evertime.It's just that we don't know how it works as He has kept it secret.

Susanne said...

Thanks, Niki! :)


Lat, glad you liked it. Thanks for your feedback!

Carmen said...

Wow, Susie! I didn't realize I was at your blog. haha. Looks so different. I like it.

I completely agree. I think our minds are unable to truly comprehend and truly understand God's ways. The Bible even tells us His ways are higher.

However, God sent us the Holy Spirit when Jesus left this earth and I believe the Holy Spirit helps bring us more discernment and more power to filter what we find in the Bible and help bring it to life even more for us.

Susanne said...

Carmen, I don't change much so I understand why you were confused. :)

I agree that the Holy Spirit is our helper. I appreciate your comment. Great to see you again.