Searching For…

searching-for-photo-of-magnifying-glass-on-bookEveryone is searching.

We are searching for love, acceptance and a myriad of other desires.  This is because everyone is born with a deep, inner longing for a relationship with God.  Sadly, many people don’t realize what the longing is for and try to satisfy it with other things.

We don’t realize that the desire of our heart is for our Father. Last week we learned that when we allow the pain we experienced from our earthly father to shape our view of God, we severely limit our relationship with Him.

Seeing our heavenly Father in the light of our negative experiences instead of the truth of His Word causes us to look for joy in the things of the world. We will never find joy apart from a relationship with our Father.

searching-for-photo-of-street-view-blurredWe are unable to find true, lasting satisfaction in the world because everything in it is only temporary.

Alcohol only numbs our pain for a short time. Drugs can make us forget for a night. The television shows we binge watch on Netflix will eventually come to an end. The distraction only lasts for a short time and we are left with our hearts still searching for something more. Until we find joy in our Father, we will take increasingly larger doses of the world in hopes of finding it there.

“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever,” (1 John 2:15-17).

We should take note of these verses when they show us that if we love the world, then we do not have the love of the Father.

This does not mean that God does not love us.

searching-for-photo-of-hand-reaching-toward-blurred-windowIt means that we have not yet experienced the fullness and perfection of His love, because if we had, we would no longer need the fleeting pleasures of the world.

We should see this as a great encouragement, though. It’s a promise from God that His love will satisfy. It won’t just last for a moment, or a night, or a week. It will continue on forever. This will answer the cry of our heart. It will completely fill the void in us forever. He is the end to our desperate search for joy and satisfaction.

“Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth,” (Psalm 73:25).

If you’re one of the people who is searching for love and joy, God is waiting to be your Father. He’s not just the God who answers your prayers. He’s the God who is the answer to your prayers.

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