Finding Satisfaction in God - Aliesha Whitehead
Aliesha Whitehead writes an honest and encouraging piece on why our ultimate satisfaction should be found in God alone. She reminds us that there are many good things in our lives but that Christ is the true living water to satisfy our thirst.
I call a drought!
Auckland currently is on water restrictions because there is a lack of water. I’m calling that there is also a spiritual drought in our lives! Don’t misunderstand - there is by no means a lack of water.
For Christ says "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (Isaiah chapter 55, verse 1).
The source is LIMITLESS, yet we, yet I, place a restriction, a block on the measure of satisfaction we can receive from God.
Why? Can we be truly satisfied by God alone?
I am a mere infant in this. Those of you who are further down the track, I’d greatly appreciate your wisdom and advice as I pursue true satisfaction in Christ and Christ alone.
My hope in writing my thoughts on this topic is that someone else out there, an infant like me, will awaken to the reality that we no longer have to put up with a dry, thirsty throat when a river of water is within our reach.
Our thirst satisfied in God
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. (Psalm chapter 63, verse 1).
The more you taste that which is truly good and real, the less you desire what is false. The psalmist David, a man after God’s own heart, had drunk deep of the true and incomparable source of true satisfaction, that which is Christ Jesus.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. (Psalm chapter 63, verses 2-4).
As I sat with this I asked myself, “Is God alone enough to satisfy me wholly and completely?”.
Yes I believed that God is more than enough, but the emptiness in my heart and loudness of my cravings screamed “No”.
Urrgh! Sometimes the truth hits you in the face like an icy bucket of water and it is not at all pleasant! Especially if you’re like me and wear mascara! It’s an even uglier sight! And I know I am not the only one.
Many Christians, whether they'll admit it or not, aren't satisfied with Jesus.
I have been blessed beyond measure, yet the truth is I crave more. I desire a spouse, my own home, an influential life and ministry, to travel and adventure more, kids, and whilst these things are great things, I don’t want them or anything I currently have to be my main source of satisfaction. Without it all, is Christ enough?
Satisfaction found in Jesus and nothing else
I’m such a people person and I thrive off being with others. While I have some great friends who I love dearly and find immense satisfaction in having a relationship with, I’ve discovered they cannot continually fill me.
Spiritual water must come direct from the source - Jesus Christ and He promises to fill us.
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and you will delight in the richest of fare. (Isaiah chapter 55, verses 1-2).
Beth Moore put it well “Salvation secures our lives for all eternity. Soul satisfaction ensures abundant life on earth. Not a life full of activities but a soul full of Jesus.”
I desire abundant life. I hope you do too.
Tools to end our spiritual drought
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm chapter 63, verses 1-8)
“I sing”. WORSHIP unlocks the door of our hollow and empty hearts and says “Come in Lord, come fill me with you as I lay all else aside to lift up your name in praise and adoration”.
As we SURRENDER our desires and longings, it frees up space in our heart, allowing God to fill that void with Himself.
James chapter 1, verse22 says ‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.’ A disobedient child will not experience satisfaction in their relationship with their parents. Just the same, we as children of God, will miss out on real satisfaction in Him if we chose not to posture our heart in OBEDIENCE to Him, to say yes to Him even before He asks something of us.
REPETITION. Satisfaction in God, I believe, also comes from a continued rhythm of daily meeting with Him and drenching ourselves in His word, truth and loving presence. I’ve discovered I experience great satisfaction in Him when I am resting in His loving presence, just enjoying who He is.
I want to experience abundant life in Christ as much as is possible on earth. So here it is, one woman’s honest and raw pursuit to find true satisfaction in her heavenly Father alone.
Aliesha Whitehead is in her final semester of her Business degree at Massey University and works as a Support Worker at A Girl Called Hope. She is beginning to explore the art of writing and how to articulate her heart and thoughts on paper. She loves coffee (especially with friends), walks and summer! // Photo: Aliesha Whitehead
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