Listen: Chris Witts presents Morning Devotions.
In Part 1, I asked the question, Are you still looking? What is it you’re looking for? I mentioned this statement from Augustine, who became a bishop of Hippo in AD 397, long time ago.
And he wrote this in his book Confessions, “God has made us for Himself and our hearts are restless until we rest in Him.” This is a very old statement, but it’s a wonderful statement.
C,S. Lewis said, “Don’t let your happiness depend on something that you might lose.” Are you still looking?
I think what we really need is something or Someone that makes us feel adequate for each day. We want a full life. But that only can be found in Jesus Christ.
Finding a full life
Someone has said, “The poorest person in the world is not the one without a single coin in his hand, but the one without God in his heart”. A young man in his twenties wrote this:
“I feel like a failure because I’m trying to become something, and yet I don’t even know what it is. All I know is how to get by. Someday, if I discover my purpose, I’ll feel I’m beginning to live”.
The Bible says in Ephesians 5:17 (The Message), “Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants”. With Jesus you won’t be left to stumble on alone. You will have a definite purpose.
Pope Benedict XVI said,“Man’s great, true hope which holds firm in spite of all disappointments can only be God—God who has loved us and continues to love us to the end, until all is accomplished.”
Chris Tomlin, in his song “Enough”, says as a prayer to God:
All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough.
Looking in the wrong places
Sometimes we look in the wrong places to find true meaning.
The story is told of a man who had lost the key to his car at night and he was searching for it desperately underneath a street lamp. Along came a friend, and asked what he was searching for. And when he found the man had lost his car key, he got down on his knees and helped him search. Well they searched – and they searched – and they searched some more. Finally, the friend who had stopped to help said to the other man, “You know we have searched everywhere, and we haven’t found that key. Are you sure this is where you lost it?” And the man replied, “Oh, no. I lost the key down the block. It’s just that the light is much better here!”
Well, to believe in Christ is to believe that not only is He a light, but He’s a light shining in the right place to help us find what we are looking for. It’s like Bono has said:
“Belief and confusion are not mutually exclusive; I believe that belief gives you a direction in the confusion. But you don’t see the full picture. That’s the point. That’s what faith is.”
Christ is our light, our direction. And He will not fail us.
So, do you sometimes feel like you haven’t totally found what you are looking for spiritually? I just have to say, first of all, that you are in good company! But also I want to say, don’t let it keep you from pressing on – pressing on with your search in the light of Jesus Christ, and pressing on in obedience to love in His name.
Don’t let anything keep you from “doing it anyway.” We won’t get it all solved right away. But we can with each day get a step closer to what we’re looking for.