Finding the cure for lack of fulfillment.
No matter how full of faith you are or how powerful your life’s testimony, if you don’t cultivate God’s Word and prayer in your life on a daily basis- you will soon be left with empty hands. Sooner or later, the day will come when you will no longer experience the joy you once had. Inside each one of us hides a deceitful self that if not put to death will kill our joy, our strength, and our confidence. Even though cultivating our relationship with God brings the truest fulfillment, our self always chooses the path of self-exaltation over self-denial. The world we live in also offers many distractions and if we’re not careful, we can become entangled in meaningless pursuits. Almost always, a lack of fulfillment in our lives is directly related to the absence of intimacy with God. When we waste our time instead of spending it in order to draw near to God, or when we choose self over humility- we are sure to become unfulfilled. Romans 8:6 says that, “…to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Nothing in this world can satisfy- no relationship, no career, and no temporal pursuit of any kind. Not even self-promotion or anything egoistical. No matter how much the culture we live in exalts self and promises a false sense of fulfillment. God alone is our soul’s truest fulfillment. We are blessed when we become aware of our emptiness because that is the first step towards seeking eternal things and not the fleeting things of this world but we need to beware of the unbelief that creeps into our heart when we find ourselves caught up in the frantic pace of life. The enemy tells us we will never be able to find God again and to rejoice in His presence. Maybe your distancing from God didn’t happen because you were careless about your relationship with Him but simply because of the busy pace of life and the exhaustion of daily responsibilities. Though the gulf that often separates us from intimacy with God can never be crossed in our own strength, there is something that God jealously desires of us. He tells us that, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13). Unbelief and uncertainty will cloud our hearts and minds and discourage us but seeking God is the very thing that will cure our lack of fulfillment. We need to turn our minds towards Him by seeking Him through His Word and prayer every spare moment we have- even in the midst of our daily activities. Even when we don’t think we will ever find Him again- especially then! Seeking God with all of our heart means turning to prayer and the Bible again and again and choosing God instead of anything else that could fill our time and choosing Him before anything else. Did you know that the Bible is our truest source of joy? Psalm 119 is such a good place to start when you desire to fall in love with God again. Keep searching, keep turning to Him and sooner than you imagine He will make Himself found by you. God is our joy and our highest fulfillment!
Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts.