Today’s Scripture readings: Psalm 50, Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5, Hebrews 4:1-10, John 3:16-21
Today’s Writer: Emily Wolfenbarger
“…You rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God and did not believe him or obey his voice.” Deut. 9:32
We share a common nature with our cousin Israelites: encountering a Mighty God, sojourning among foreigners, restless for home. Like them, we wander, craving the One Who Satisfies. Our doubt casts blurry vision. Good is the hunger in our journey, yet poor the plain recognition of He Who Satisfies.
“If we believe in Him at all,” Joy Davidman writes, “we must believe that every man wants God in his heart far more than he can ever want anything else; for every man wants peace and love, answers to his questions, and the keys of heaven.”
The Israelites, like us, hungered for God. But, willful doubt is our shortcoming, unwillingness to see the bigness of our Rescuer. Face to face, we witness His might, resting in moments of deep satisfaction. But in our heart a betraying whisper wonders if there was something, Someone, more satisfying.
During this journey of Lent, maybe there is little need to stir hunger. We are naturally prone to desire and longing. Instead, let this also be a holy pursuit of thankful satisfaction, a deeper rest in the Bigness, All-Sufficient God. Father, give us the eyes to see Your complete faithfulness; turn our wandering hearts to rest in You.
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50:23