Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 1, 2016
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11
Emotional satisfaction comes from Christ—from a focus on His eternal satisfaction. My feelings of fulfillment will not rise any higher than my faith in Jesus to meet my every need. Of course there are emotional needs like love, laugher, security and companionship that close confidants can provide. But unless the backdrop of my emotional desires are based on my belief and dependence on God—then I will never be satisfied. Contentment is in Christ alone—period. Similar to my clothing trapping heat to warm my body, so the Spirit warms my soul. Emotional satisfaction comes from the warm security of the Spirit’s influence on my being.
Isaiah illustrates compelling imagery of a life suffering a spiritual drought, that can only be irrigated by the love of God. Sin and secular society scorch our soul with their dry and brittle influences, but the living water of Jesus brings life and longing for the Lord to quench our thirsty hearts. Imagine a luscious green garden laden with fruits and vegetables—likewise we feast on the fruit of soul satisfaction. Emotional fullness from our heavenly Father never stops flowing—never. The spigot of our Savior’s love is always turned on by faith in His persistent provision.
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14).
Do you feel dissatisfied and discontent? There can be a pride in what you have and an ego in what you want that keeps you from enjoying what the Lord has already given you in Jesus. A daily eulogy spoken over the world’s dead idols of affection speak life into what the Lord’s unfailing love can only provide you: peace and joy! Emotional satisfaction can be aloof and allusive, but in Christ it is close by and obtainable. Set the focus of your affections above in heaven, not below on earth. Make faith the queen bee of your hive of life and the emotional worker bees will follow. Feelings that follow faith create emotional heath and satisfaction.
Do not be afraid to share your fears with friends and family who love you. Emotional vulnerability can lead to emotional healing and wholeness. An awakened and open soul has much more capacity to love and be loved. Emotional satisfaction from secular remedies are hollow, but emotional satisfaction from spiritual solutions like worship—result in a grateful life. The Lord is your guide into your feelings. The Creator of your emotions understands and calms your fears. Seek your Savior Jesus to satisfy your emotional needs—His love never fails to bring comfort.
“May your unfailing love be my comfort” (Psalm 119:76).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I open my heart for Your love to heal and make me whole.
Application: What emotional needs do I have that need a spiritual solution? Whom can I trust to share what I feel for comfort and prayers?
Related Readings: Psalm 147:11; Isaiah 54:10; Jeremiah 31:3; Hosea 10:12; Luke 6:21
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