Thursday, November 13, 2008

Love Dare - Day 21: Love Is Satisfied In God

So, in the last couple of days we have been talking about our need for God. If you never have before, I am hoping that you now see how DESPERATE that need is. And I PRAY that you have received Him in ways you never have before!

We need Him to show us how to love.

We need Him to teach us what REAL love is.

And, we need Him to be truly satisfied.

"The Lord will continually guide you and satisfy your desire." - Isaiah 58:11

When you found your love did you think that he or she would satisfy you? That everything that you had ever wanted would be found in that person? That you could now walk into the sunset and live happily ever after?

What about now?

How long did it take for you to realize that life - even life with the one you love - would never be COMPLETELY perfect? Was it when the bills for the honeymoon came in? Or was it even sooner than that?

The truth is, we are human and, therefore, fairly hard to satisfy. And, I will let you in on a little secret - your spouse probably noticed the same thing! And, as hard as it is to believe, you most likely do not completely satisfy them either.

Ouch, huh?

I remember, when I was in high school, reading a poem about love. Actually it was more of a letter. It talked about the fact that we, as women, look for the perfect man to make us perfectly whole. And, you see, that just sets him up for failure. A human could never make us whole. Only a perfect God can do that. So, the letter went on to say, we must find our completeness in God first. Because, if HE can not complete us, how could we ever expect a mere man to? We must give ourselves over to God and let Him satisfy us. And, only then, can we find happiness in a man. If we are not full ourselves, how can we pour out onto our love and our family? We cannot fill or be filled by anything less than God.

I cannot tell you how many times I read that letter and then got down on my knees and prayed "Oh, God, You are all I need. I am satisfied in You." And then I would get up, open my eyes and look around and think "OK, where is he God?"

Yeah, I wasn't getting it!

And then, one day, after making some pretty intense life choices that held the potential of separating me from everyone I depended on and everything I knew, I got it. And I realized that HE was everything that I needed. And that, even if I went alone, as long as I was following HIM, I would never be ALONE - I would still be complete.

And, seriously, Hubbs and I fell in love in the aftermath of that decision. We had known each other for YEARS, but we each had to find our completeness first before we could be what each other was looking for.

What I am saying is this: Your husband WILL forget to call. Your wife WILL forget to wash your lucky socks. Your spouse is human and they WILL let you down, break promises (no matter how hard they try not to) and leave you - at one time (or a hundred) - wanting more. But, GOD never will

Let me say that again - GOD NEVER WILL!!!

He will satisfy you completely if you seek Him with your heart. He WANTS to satisfy your every need and every desire. He DIED to know you, how much further will He go to bring you joy? If you look for satisfaction elsewhere, you will be let down. If you look to Him, you will only be lifted up.

So, look to Him ...

Be intentional today about making time to pray and read your Bible. Try reading a chapter out of Proverbs (There are 31 - a full month's supply), or reading a chapter out of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark Luke and John). As you do, immerse yourself in the love and promises God has for you. This will add to your growth as you walk with Him.

I know that it may seem like this has nothing to do with your marriage, but believe me, it really does!

I am praying for you! And I will see ya tomorrow!

1 of ya left some love:

Aron, Erica, & Isabelle said...

Good stuff, girl!