Meditation Monday // Psalm 73:25
This Monday I’m meditating on Psalm 73:25
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And on earth there is nothing I desire besides you.”
This time of the year it’s not hard to find that you’re struggling with covetousness. For me, being on social media, I have to put boundaries in place to protect my heart from all sorts of sins like comparison and covetousness. While the ability to connect with many people from all over is a blessing, the reality of so much time spent online comes with some serious consequences.
But with so many gift guides circulating, from beautiful clothing, to the most aesthetically pleasing toys for your kids, to the latest gadgets that make life easier. Or maybe materialistic things don’t appeal to you. Maybe you desire the home renovation that she did, or the happy kids and family life of that one girl, or maybe you just want a house that stays clean for more than 30 minutes (just me?) Friends, we all struggle in one way or another with these things, oftentimes without even being aware of it.
But how many times have you gotten the new sweater, the wooden toys, the clean home, the house project completed, etc. before your mind wanders to the next thing? “That skirt would go perfect with my new top” or “Let’s redo the bathroom now!” Or maybe the thing you desired lost its luster. The kids don’t love the toy like you thought they would. The laundry piles are back and the house once again a mess. The kids fought all day and your husband has a work deadline that makes him absent for a few days and the family time you were envisioning is basically nonexistent.
I think we can all relate to feeling this way at one time or another. That having all the things or everything you ever wanted doesn’t ultimately satisfy. Our restless hearts will always be left longing for more. For better. And rightly so. We were created with a desire for true satisfaction and deep contentment. Put there by our Heavenly Father.
I’m reminded of a quote from CS Lewis:
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
This place and all its stuff is not our home. We weren’t made for here. No wonder the “stuff” doesn’t satisfy. It is designed to lead us to the Source of true satisfaction where the thirst of our hearts is satisfied by His grace and love.
Lewis continues, "Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same."
When we know Christ, He becomes more dear to us than any sin had formerly been. His kindly rule replaces sins tyranny over us. When temptations arise of wanting more and we feel worldly desires pursuing us, we must invite Christ to abide in the place of those desires. Turning away from the glitter that once fascinated us to the True Gold, which is our real treasure. Look to the all-sufficient Savior! Knowing Christ and being known by Him is where our restless hearts find contentment. St. Augustine wrote:
“Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.”
I hope this reminder is a help to you during a season that can be marked with so much want. And that your heart can find rest, satisfaction and peace in the work of Christ alone. No longer should our desires wander, no other object should tempt us to stray --the Ever living One should be our all in all!
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