more: being content while we learn to yearn for God

God has hard-wired us with an insatiable desire for more. We’re not supposed to desire more of this world’s largesse and excess, its glamour and glitter. Instead, we’re meant to seek our worth, our value, our heart’s best in Him.

An aching, empty void inside is an indicator of our need of God. Because only He can fully satisfy a hungry soul with everything it’s truly longing for, even those as yet unrecognised needs deep within.

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Sadly, we don’t always recognise our need of God and the way our cravings indicate an innate desire for His saving love. When we do turn to Him, we soon discover how God is more than enough, overwhelmingly lavish and generous in the way He gives to us.

Sometimes I have to rein in my appetite for worldly things, my desire for more books, clothes, shoes and household goods, or my longing for approval and acceptance from others.

These things are not intrinsically bad in themselves, but they can become idols if we let them. God wants to reveal the superabundance of His Kingdom life to us but we so often sit like beggars in rags, blind to the riches at our disposal.

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It’s easy to get caught in the comparison trap, to focus more on what we’re missing out on or what we lack. Our insecure souls are constantly seeking affirmation, wanting to be seen and heard by those who matter to us.

God whispers gentle words of reassurance to our fretful hearts:

“Come to Me. Seek My more-than-enough grace and love. Stay in My presence until you are satiated on the inside, and return to Me as often as you need to. I will never deprive you of any good thing.”

If I need anything right now, then I need more time with God and more of His rest. And I desire less busyness, noise, distraction, weariness and stress. Maybe you do, too? Let’s aim to seek God’s face more frequently, so we can face the world with equanimity.

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12 Comments

    1. Hi Christine, you sum up the essence of this post so beautifully here: “our connecting with Him allows us to connect with others! More of Him means we have more to pour out!” Amen, my friend! And God will abundantly equip, replenish and supply where we are depleted, drained or dry. May you sense God’s hand at work in the days ahead, and His all consuming love for you just as you are. Blessings and hugs! xo

    1. Trudy, it’s an honour to have your company here and on the journey of life and faith we share. Your post this week reminded me of how easily we contrast and compare our lives to others, usually without thinking too much or knowing just what they might be going through. Therefore, it is no small thing to long to have “more of Him and more contentment with what I have.” Joining you in that goal, my friend. Love and hugs to you! xo

  1. Dear Joy, Oh yes, HE is the more of everything we need! And I am so glad to see the beautiful touches you gave to your photo of the spring flowers! The words you paired with it fit so perfectly: what a sea of riches abound in those jewel-like blooms. May I open my heart to seek after more of Him in all the moments of my days. He is the jewel to long for. Blessings, Love and Hugs to you! xo

    1. Dear Bettie, how observant of you to see how the spring flowers image I shared earlier on social media was used to such a good purpose here! I love how you’ve described it: “what a sea of riches abound in those jewel-like blooms.” Perfectly expressed, my friend! I echo your prayer to live with an open-heart awareness of God’s continual presence with us, the way He inhabits every moment and waits for us to sense Him there. Because, “He is the jewel to long for.” Yes, indeed, the Jewel and Crown of all things! Blessing, love and hugs to you. May your weekend be filled with family joy, celebration and sweet communion together, as your young folk prepare to follow the Lord’s leading into a new ministry for Him. xo <3

    1. Lesley, I’ve drunk from empty cisterns in the past and none of them were satisfying for long, not like the more-than-enough of God’s love, His endless mercy, goodness and grace lavished on us as the Beloved. May you stay captivated by God’s love and full of His Spirit as you continue yielding your days to Him. Bless you, sweet friend. xo

  2. THIS: “An aching, empty void inside is an indicator of our need of God. Because only He can fully satisfy a hungry soul with everything it’s truly longing for, even those as yet unrecognised needs deep within.”

    1. Tara, I was thinking of that God-shaped vacuum we all have inside of us and try to fill with so many things, unaware of its presence until Holy Spirit stirs deep longings within. The longer I live, the more I see how great is my need of God and how empty the world’s clamour for more can be. I loved your poem this week! Have a blessed weekend, my friend. xo

  3. This is such a good reminder, Joy and has given me an idea! One of the meds I’m currently on makes me munch-hungry, like all the time! It’s really driving me crazy. I think next time I feel the need to munch I’ll open the Bible instead! Praying you have a blessed day!

    1. Oh how good to know this post has inspired you to feast on Scripture whenever a munch attack hits you! 🙂 I have heard of people cleaning their teeth, chewing gum, having an extra drink or just making sure they have healthy, low calorie snacks available (such as carrot and celery stick) instead of being tempted to eat the usual snack attack suspects. Your spirit will be well fed, my friend, even if your tummy rumbles! Meds can move us either way. I take some that reduce my appetite with the nausea they produce. Then I have to make sure I eat at least 3 meals a day so as not to lose weight. Swings and roundabouts, eh? I’ll be praying for your munch attacks to lessen as you become accustomed to the new medication. Meanwhile, may snacking or feasting on God’s Word reap good results for you, dear June! Blessings and love. xo

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