Friday, May 17, 2019

Do You Hunger?: Only God Can Satisfy

Ask:  Why am I so sad?

Today, more than ever people feel empty and alone. Why? How can this be?  We are all connected by social media, then, why are we still unsatisfied? Many relationships are superficial and empty, and everybody is just too busy.   So many of us are self involved and selfish, and at the end of the day there is nothing but emptiness. Do you feel that way?

There is a better way to live. 

We need to pray, so that God will teach us to hunger and thirst for what truly matters. To be made eager, on fire, and aching for that which will bring us peace and heal our hearts.  Our hunger can be satisfied; but we need to be willing to give ourselves completely, and to trust. In our quest for righteousness and for truth, only God can satisfy us. We can not grow tired of seeking what is "good and right", but we need to remember that it needs to be "good and right " by God’s standards. 

In choosing a different path, in choosing to live a different kind of life, we walk away from what the world claims is right,.  If we seek we will find.  And once we find we can never look back.  When we decide to no longer do our own will, when we decide to open our heats to God, our loving Father, He comes and he makes us brand new.  We find our path.  We find healing.  We find what is true and right. Not what today's world excuses as right, but true righteousness.  And our life is made brand new.

As we are transformed by God's love and we start walking down a different path,  sometimes we will make people uncomfortable,  sometimes we will not be so popular. This is because what it is to be like Christ, stands in stark contrast of those who are modelling other things. Some people might criticize us and say that we are too scrupulous, obsessed about the little things – but we need to know why we do things and walk in confidence.

Scrupulosity is when we do something for the sake of itself, or for our own ego. Righteousness, on the other hand, is for the sake of loving God. So the key is to be honest and know why we do things. When we know in our hearts that we do things for the love of God; it is then that we can be brave and firm in our way of being, not wavering. 

It is a grace to speak freely in defence of truth, and in defence of what is right. It is a grace to be ready to fight for the good of others no matter who they are, or where they are. If everything we do, we do out of love of God then we will have peace.  

A peace that surpasses all understanding, because God will be guarding our hearts and minds.   And then, what other people think will become inconsequential. 

The gift of Peace then - will be the natural result of the way we live.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be satisfied. "


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