“I would be happy if only (fill in blank).”
What did you put in the blank? For some of you it might be a tight-knit friend group. For some of you it might be a job. Maybe you put “boyfriend” in the blank.
We all have dreams. We dream about the future, and we wonder what our lives will be like down the road. We claim to have Christ first in our hearts, but if our deepest longings remain unfulfilled, we wonder: could we ever be satisfied? Do we really believe that God is all that we need?
Of course, it’s perfectly normal and good to have dreams and interests, but are we being consumed by our desires? If our longings were left unfulfilled, would we be content with having God alone?
When we are consumed by our desires, God is no longer first in our hearts. When God is first, He is what goes “in the blank”. He is enough for us. So, I ask you, is God “enough” for me and you?
I have replaced God with an idol many times in my life. Thinking deeper though, my desire isn’t really the idols. All of these thoughts and actions only serve someone else: me. We want to feel beautiful to boost our self-esteem. In our terrible pride, self-love, and idolatry, we want to feel like the most attractive, most amazing people with the world revolving around us. We want to have all our desires met and all our days filled with bliss and happiness.
Check out this amazing blog post by Olivia Feller for more on this subject, and then read the rest of this article… The end is the best part!
No matter how many times we reassure ourselves, however, we know we’re not “Ms. Perfect-in-Every-Way”, and many of our desires remain unfulfilled. Even if our longings are fulfilled, though, we quickly find a new desire to “fill in the blank”. If our deepest desires are of lesser things than knowing God, we discover that even the fulfillment of our longings won’t ultimately satisfy us. We have a gaping hole in our hearts; we long to be cherished and loved. We know that something is missing but look to all the wrong things to fulfill us. We long for unconditional, unstoppable love, but no matter what we do, we can’t find it. Maybe you thought a boyfriend would be enough to fill that deep desire. Maybe you thought popularity in your friend group would be enough. Maybe you thought that gold medal or A+ would be enough.
But it never is.
Many people, including myself, underestimate God and His love. Every time I doubt, though, I picture Christ’s sweaty, bloody, beaten body as He struggled up a hill only to be crucified and meet the wrath of God. How? Why? I could never face the full wrath of God for millions of believers past, present, and future. I could never even bravely face the crucifixion alone! I don’t even know if I could stand to watch it all. How could I ever doubt God’s love? No doubt about it: God SO loved the world.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We don’t deserve God’s love. That’s what makes it so amazing and unconditional. We were His enemies, and God poured out His blood for those who turn from their sins and trust Him. We do serve Him with our actions, but the Bible says even our good works are as dirty rags before God.
But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
God is so holy, so righteous… how could we ever earn His favor? Without His love and tremendous, undeserved sacrifice, we would be completely lost and hopeless! This is the love I have to remember daily to fill my God-sized need for unconditional, unstoppable love. When we see this love, how can we not follow Him? When we remember the cross, how can we not serve Him for all our lives?
You aren’t going to feel pretty most of the time, but you can rest in knowing not only that He made you wonderfully, but that He loves you no matter what. Boyfriends may ditch you, friends and family may desert you, but God’s love and presence are enough. God is enough to fully satisfy us. Let’s make Him our deepest desire.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
Life won’t be a calm and easy ride, though. Crazy emotions, situations, and temptations will continue to be in our lives. With God, however, our true longings for love are filled and no matter what happens, we can cling to Him.
10 thoughts on “Satisfaction for Your Deepest Desires”
Thank you so much for the Bible verses and encouragement! I was unable to follow the links, though because of parental website guards on my device, but I’m appreciative all the same. It means so much that you care to answer my question! ❤
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You are so welcome! I’m sorry you couldn’t see the articles, but I’m glad that I could help in some way!❤❤❤
Rachel, I sort of have a problem. You see, I recently discovered that my friend doesn’t value my friendship as much as I value hers, and it kind of hurts, especially since I don’t have many friends to begin with. I’m trying not to be selfish about it, but again, it hurts. Do you have any advice about this?
It sounds like you’re in a very difficult situation. Friendships can be confusing business! Since I’ve moved quite a bit, I’ve made and lost many friends. At our age, people start changing and sometimes best friends will “grow apart”. It hurts a lot, and I really struggle with this change. My advice will never be as good as God’s words, so I first want to point you to look at the Bible when God promised that He will always be with us. He is the most constant friend, and you can ALWAYS rely on Him. He will never change and never leave. Second, I would say to talk to your parents. My mom and dad will often give really helpful advice if I just ask! I would also say to talk to your friend and try to keep hanging out with her. You might have to start hanging out with her in groups only, but still try! Sometimes, though, my friendships have stopped altogether, and I have to go running back to God. I’ve found that God sometimes takes away something we love to show us our need for Him and the need of other people. If you find that your friend doesn’t hang out with you anymore, look around for the shy and lonely girls. Maybe this is your opportunity to invite some lonely girls over and encourage them. I sometimes get angry at a friend who leaves me for something else, but I really need to pray for those people. You still care for your friend, and prayer is one of the best ways to keep that up.
Whatever happens, just know that I’m praying for you and that I understand what you’re going through! ❤❤❤
Thank you so much for your advice and your prayers! It means so much to me! I will try what you suggested, and reaching out to other lonely girls is a great idea! I am homeschooled, I am not part of any co-op or anything, and I live way out in the country, so it’s not easy for me to make new friends because of my situation. So I will pray, and again, thank you for your advice. Do you know any good Bible verses about friendship? 😀
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You’re very welcome! Well, I can point you to check out the story of David and Jonathan. That even in conflict, they stayed close. Also, check out Proverbs 18:24. These articles might be helpful!
Thank you so much Rachel! We all need that reminder!
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I am so glad you found it helpful, Elizabeth! I miss you!
This is my favorite post of yours (that I’ve read)!
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I’m so glad you enjoyed it! ❤