What is it that you long for? We are all desiring beings created to have longings for the things we love. Often times we describe our desires as a hunger or a thirst for something.
A while back my wife and I were traveling back to Atlanta on Interstate 20 and we passed a series of billboard signs for a fast food restaurant. The billboards were lined up one right after another and each sign had only one word followed by a question mark next to a picture of food or drink. The signs read:
As we drove by these signs my wife said, “Those signs could be an advertisement for a church.”
It’s not a question of do we hunger or thirst for something, but what is it we crave? This morning I read,
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you. (Psalm 63:1)
And while I do long for Christ, I also find desires for other things at war within me. Desires for comfort, security, recognition and control. C.S. Lewis famously said in his sermon The Weight of Glory,
It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
Just like those billboards on I20, we are constantly bombarded with messages and advertisements that seek to create and nurture longings in us, but in the end those cravings always leave us wanting more. They can never truly be satisfied. Whether we realize it or not these longings at war within us are simply pointers to the One who can truly satisfy them. The hymn, Satisfied, reminds us
Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings;
Through His life I now am saved.
Today, may your heart crave Jesus.
May His love for you be palpable and strong.
May He truly satisfy the desires of your heart.