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
“The soul demands as much attention as the body. It demands fellowship and communion with God. It demands worship, quietness, and meditation. Unless the soul is fed and exercised daily, it becomes weak and shriveled. It remains discontented, confused, restless. Many people turn to alcohol to try to drown the cryings and longings of the soul. Some turn to a new sex experience. Others attempt to quiet the longings of their souls in other ways. Nothing but God ever completely satisfies, because the soul is made for God, and without God it is restless and in secret torment. The first step to God is a realization of your spiritual poverty. The poor in spirit do not measure the worth of life in earthly possessions, which fade away, but in terms of eternal realities, which endure forever. Wise is the man who openly confesses his lack of spiritual wealth and in humility of heart cries, ‘God, be merciful unto me, a sinner.’”
- Billy Graham, Day by Day with Billy Graham, (August 2)
Have you ever met that person that thought Christians to be inconsistent? They sin, beg for forgiveness, and then go along on their merry way. For one, their concept of sinning without repentance is not what Jesus taught. And in digging deep, this non-believer cannot ever forgive anyone else, and if he or she thought that they had ever done anything wrong, they would not wish to ever be forgiven. They feel consistency was more important than Mercy. Yet, their soul burns within them. They have no idea why, but they warm themselves next to their burning soul, enjoying the warmth, but thinking something horribly wrong at the same time.
Even for those who have shut the door permanently against the Holy Spirit, I feel that they really do not have everything figured out. They have crammed something into the God-shaped hole in their lives, and no matter how much pain leaks around the edges of their worldly plug to fill that God-shaped hole, they still feel off. God is the only answer to their pain, even if they do not believe that there is a God.
Christians have pain. Christians have troubles. At times, the trouble and pains mount like tidal waves, but with God within us, we know that we can endure anything. And if the next trouble overcomes us, we go to be with Jesus, receiving our Heavenly reward.
We all have troubles. Do you want to fill your emptiness with worldly things that can never satisfy. If you do, the troubles will come, and you will be alone. Or you can accept Jesus into your heart, and you will have the power, through God’s strength, to overcome the greatest troubles.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.