I spent way too much time on social sites, reading, interacting, and sharing snippets others had shared. At night, I crawled into bed with my soul feeling hurried and unsatisfied. I realized, instead of lingering slow, pondering, soaking, diving deep into God’s Word, I had been looking for bites, fast-food morsels to nibble and parcel out to others. No wonder my soul was shriveled and unfulfilled.
In Jeremiah 2:5 God said the Israelites had been seeking after empty, and they became empty. Only God can satisfy a weary, hungry soul. Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty. And, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (John 6:35, Matthew 5:6). Jesus is The Way to find true, live-giving, soul satisfaction.
The God of eternity beckons our hearts to come aside, rest awhile, to be still and know that He is God. Deep calls to deep, iron sharpens iron, and as our souls draw near to God, He draws near filling us with His eternal wisdom, life, peace, and joy.
The time God has given, the blessings He has provided, are to be used in ways that bless our souls. “Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight in abundance. For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes (Isaiah 55:2, Jeremiah 31:25 ).
As you spend time in God’s presence, you find, “the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good” (Isaiah 58:11, Psalm 107:9).
The craving your soul feels, the spiritual food your soul needs will not be satisfied with fast-food Christianity. Linger slow in God’s presence and allow His Word to richly dwell within you, and your soul will be filled, strengthened, and refreshed.
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” ~ Colossians 3:16 (NASB)
“Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation.” ~ 1 Peter 2:2 (AMPC)
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