Sustained by God
Have you ever walked through your kitchen after dinner looking for the one more thing to eat, even though you had plenty at the table? Or maybe you saw the new version of something come out that you own and want the upgrade even though yours works just fine. I am feeling that unnecessary desire right now, as Apple released the new iPhone 8 and X on the 12th. As a longtime iPhone and Apple user, I anciently await every year as Apple releases new technology, to determine what they have created that I don't need but desperately want.
We can apply this same principle to everything in our life. If we aren't careful, soon food, technology, clothes, cars, art, music, books, knowledge, etc. can fill our lives and leave us still needing more. C.S. Lewis said,
This week, we are looking at what it means to be satisfied. When we seek God daily, we grow in our relationship with him, and our desires start to be fed by God. Over time, our spiritual hunger is fed, and we start to feel more satisfied in life. When we neglect our relationship with God, we tend to result in the random search for one more thing to top us off, just like we do in the kitchen after dinner.
We must have a balanced diet of spiritual nourishment. We need prayer, scripture, worship, fasting, and Christian community to feed our souls. We can't have just corporate worship on Sunday's, we must have personal worship every day. We can't just study our Bible's when in our small groups or Sunday school classes, we must spend time in the Word every day. We can't just pray when we need something from God, we need to pray daily, praising God for the things he has given us. For God to sustain us, we must purge ourselves from the things that we feed upon as fillers first so we can fill ourselves with God's nourishment.
Questions to Ponder:
- Is there anything in your life that you use as spiritual filler?
- How do you relate to the idea of “chasing after fullness”?§
- What does it mean to go from expecting to accepting?§
- Have you ever experienced a sense of being fed when you focused on feeding others?§
- What gives you satisfaction in life? How do you connect this source of satisfaction with God’s activity in your life? with God’s work in the world?†
- How would you answer Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51) How would your answer to that question today differ from your answer ten years ago? Last month?†
§The God We Can Know, by Rob Fuquay. Chapter 2, Reflection/Discussion Questions.
†The God We Can Know, Adult Group Guide, by Rob Fuquay. Week 2, Video/Book Discussion.