I couldn’t help it. I am living in England, for heaven’s sake.
There was no denying that I had to make a list of places I want to go and things I want to do in this New Year. Out of the 22 activities I want to cross off by December 31, 2017, the vast majority have to do with going on adventures in the U.K. as well as in Ireland.
Each time I look at the list, I get more and more excited.
As much as I love checklists, however, and as much as I want to do these things, I know that even if I make it to the end of the year having done each and every activity, I won’t be satisfied.
In the year, I will have discovered another thing my adventurous spirit or romantic heart wants to embark on, and the 22 things I had accomplished will no longer assuage me.
Going through this life it is easy for us to work for things that won’t satisfy, to strive after successes that won’t quench the thirst of our hearts.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having goals set for yourself or for wanting to live life to the fullest. I am as adventurous and eager as the next person.
But when going about our daily routines or when setting out to do something new in our lives, I pray that we remember our souls can only ever truly be satisfied in Christ.
In Isaiah 55, we hear the voice of God say to us,
1 Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.
2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, delight yourself in abundance.
God offers us the Living Water, the Bread of Life, eternity spent with Him as free gifts. Completely and utterly free. We cannot earn salvation, and we cannot purchase it. We can partake in the joy of the Lord and be satisfied in Him without spending ourselves in energy and over-commitment.
He wants us to rest in Him, for us to realize that He alone can bring peace to our unsettled hearts. He loves us with a heavenly jealously, and He is our Jehovah Jireh. He provides for us. He is our Jehovah Nissi. He reigns in victory. Jehovah Shalom, our Prince of Peace.
Only in Him – not in accomplishment, romance, promotion, healing, etc – can we truly be satisfied.
So, in this new year I want to encourage you to keep your eyes and heart fixed on the Author and Finisher of our salvation. Enjoy life by remembering He alone can satisfy the hunger of our souls. He is worthy and worthy to be praised.