By Zach Wood
Psalm 42:1 NLT
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
The past few weeks, our pastor has been preaching on the book of Ecclesiastes. It has been such a blessing to hear these sermons and to learn more about how Solomon longed for so many things, had and experienced all he wanted, but was still dry and longed for satisfaction and fulfillment more than ever. As I have continued to think about this, this passage came to mind one morning as I drove to work. I was overcome with emotion and immediately told God that I was so sorry for longing after things of this world continuously and always being left dry.
I thought about how I so often chase after fulfillment in the world, when what I should be doing is chasing after God alone and allowing Him to be my only source of fulfillment and satisfaction. I find myself becoming so desperate and certain the next things will bring fulfillment and a quench of my thirst for satisfaction. However, I continue to feel dry and left dry. God nudges me as if to say, “Zach, why do you keep chasing after the things of this world when you know I am the only One Who can quench your thirst for more?”
As I continued to think about this verse through the day and the rest of the week, I just had a desire to long for God and to think more about how I try to chase after fulfillment in this world instead of Him. Why do I keep chasing and chasing and chasing? All I do is wear myself out and become more and more and more dry from the world. I keep thinking about Solomon and all his experiences and how we came to realize nothing he experienced in the world gave him satisfaction or fulfillment. We have a lot to learn from him!
My question for all of us this week and on is why do we keep chasing after the world when we know that God is the only One Who truly satisfies? Why do we not long for Him more and more and more each day? As we continue to chase after Him, He fulfills us and satisfies us. However, something extraordinary happens when He does this! We continue to long and yearn for even more and more. We can never get enough of Him and we just continue to long for more! That’s an amazing journey! I want that! Don’t you?
Do you want a continuous longing for things of this world and continue to be left dry and unfulfilled? Or, do you want to long for a wonderful and amazing God who leaves us not only truly fulfilled and satisfied, but also leaves us with a desire for even more of Him? I want that!!!!! Do you? I hope so!
As the deer longs for streams of water, my prayer is that we will also long continuously for the Living Water!