I rarely follow up a previous post with another related post, but I feel compelled to do so. In light of the Lord’s work on my heart, my last post seems incomplete. If you think I am repeating myself, I likely am. Repetition is often necessary to stir our hearts.
Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
God has already provided for us in every area. For every aspect of life, God has made His fulfillment available. But, there is a condition precedent—a prerequisite—to being fulfilled by our Lord.
Those who seek the Lord.
We are fulfilled by God in every area of our lives when we seek after God in every area of our lives. This does not necessarily mean that we have a checklist for the significant areas of our lives to make sure we pray about those areas every waking moment. It is about consciously safeguarding our needs from counterfeit fulfillment.
God certainly can and wants to fulfill your need. In Christ, you have no need. But, if you have not gone to Christ with your need, you either have a conscious void or phony satisfaction.
Being satisfied in God is two-fold. First, we must trust that Christ is everything we need—in every facet of life. Trust that God has made everything available to us for life and godliness. We discussed this trust component in my previous post.
Second, we must ask our Lord to show us any need we are not placing in Christ. While God makes available to us all things we need, we do not always seek what God has for us. God has done His part. Even when we do not place our needs in God, it is no less true that God has already provided for those needs.
Then, being satisfied in God very much depends on us. God has made available all things for life and godliness. You lack no good thing. It is you who must place your need in the context of these truths.
Thankfully, God will show you your need. The Lord prompted me to discover what need I am not placing in God. God has shown me that I have repeatedly sought the world’s approval. I return empty time and time again. I will never be satisfied because the world’s approval is fleeting. We are not of the world. And if we are not of the world, our needs cannot be fulfilled by worldly satisfactions.
This need of mine—and all of our needs—has already been fulfilled by God. In Christ, God’s approval of me never changes. In Christ, I have no need in this particular area or in any area. But, I will forever have a need if I do not place that need in Christ.
And you will forever have a need if you do not place your need in Christ.
Trust that God has provided for all components of your being. You will never experience this abundant fulfillment if you withhold any components of your being from Christ.
I urge you to ask God if there is a need in your life. Discern any voids in your heart that you are not letting our Lord fulfill. Trust that God will show you if you have a void. Trust that if you are whole-heartedly seeking after God, you lack nothing in Christ. Praise God that our Lord not only richly fulfills our needs, but our Lord graciously leads us away from pseudo fulfillments.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” (Psalm 139:23 NIV).
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Psalm 90:14 NIV).
“They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:16 NIV).
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:11 NIV).
I know what you’re thinking. And no, God has not prompted me to give my need for coffee to Him. I am not physiologically and psychologically dependent on coffee. I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Much love to you,