What are you longing for?

“I am disgusted with my life.  Let me complain freely.  I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.” Job 10:1 (NLT)

contentment flowerWhy do we so many times have the urge to find that “just right” thing?  Whether it is the perfect makeup so that we will look better, the right clothing, hair color, the right couch, paint color, or whatever it may be?

We’re always looking for ways to eliminate the feelings of discontentment gnawing away at our sense of satisfaction.  What will we try next? What kinds of things do you look for to satisfy the restlessness in your heart?

Longings. Coming face to face with the fact that there are empty places in our lives that haven’t been filled.  Yearnings. Wanting more than we have; more love, more enjoyment, more passion, more hope, more rest.  Cravings.  The hope of finding something that will satisfy the rumbling we feel in the stomach of our soul.  Nicole Johnson

So, what recourse do we have to remedy these feelings of disgruntled pessimism? What are we using to cover up our feelings of dissatisfaction, unhappiness, restlessness and displeasure?

Why do you spend money for what is not bread and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Isaiah 55:2

What God offers our hearts is unfailing, unfading and eternal.

Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days! Psalm 90:14

God’s love uncovers and feeds the needs we have for contentment through His love – He can satisfy your heart!

The Lord appeared of old to me, saying, “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:3

And, the hope to which we can cling:

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

You were made for more than this world has to offer you.  Our yearnings, longings, cravings and hopes are telling us something: there isn’t enough love, peace, hope, friendship, and intimacy on this earth to completely satisfy us.  We will always want more. Nicole Johnson

Look for signs of discontentment in your life.  It can be caused by abuse or neglect and abandonment that you have never let go of and let God heal.  These past hurts when unhealed can cause bitterness, anger and never let you be free of being the victim.  Let God turn this around – that is what He does.  He is the Healer, the Comforter, the One who can “from the inside out” change your heart and your mind to find contentment and joy.

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11

Talk soon, tlc

 

(Note: Scripture taken from New King James Bible unless otherwise noted)

 

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One Response to What are you longing for?

  1. Steve says:

    Tell you what. After sitting all alone in a hospital room after major surgery, not knowing what my prospects for living were, and knowing I had been ignoring my God, it all comes VERY clear VERY quickly.

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