I am in the process of reading Cliff Williams’ provocative work, ‘With All That We Have Why Aren’t We Satisfied?’
This seems a timely question to ask ourselves, and yet it is clear in scripture that it is a problem that we’ve had ever since the fall. Our proclivity to want just a little more than what we’ve already got manifests itself in all kinds of ways, big and small. Perhaps the worst offenses are the ones that remain undetected. The ones that fly under the radar and no one asks you about it because they don’t even notice or think it’s wrong.
I’m not advocating that we appoint ourselves as judges over the heart and behavior of others. No, one thing we do have enough of is our own messes to bring before the Lord in humility. What I am saying is that we should aim to draw close to the Lord so that we can begin to recognize even subtle stirrings in our hearts to become discontent with what has been given and to strive after something or someone to fill that longing or void.
Williams recommends that we discover and receive God’s love. He suggests that if we are willing to really let the reality of God’s love seep in, that some of that restlessness in us will find a deeper, truer satisfaction that can only be found in Him.
He also points to relationships with others as a means for growing through the frustrations we have with unfulfilled longings, disappointments, and hurts. As we extend Christ’s love to our brother, sometimes we forget, even if only for a little while, our own concerns. God ushers us into a glimpse of the beauty and wonder of the gift of selflessness.
Maybe there are things that have been deeply buried in our hearts that need to be cleaned out. Williams indicates that these secret tragedies have a greater hold on us while they remain yet untold. True fellowship can be a viable salve for some of the wounds we’ve suffered with silently but we must be willing to extend our hand in order to experience the healing.
Tomorrow, I’d like to spend some time specifically in his chapter on ‘Comfort that Money Cannot Buy’ because I found myself marking various passages.