I’m not a morning person. I do not like it when people come at me with all kinds of questions and information first thing in the morning. It, quite frankly, tends to make me anxious and frustrated. On the other hand, some of my coworkers are total morning people. They’re laughing and chatting away when I’m just trying to get my coffee in. We’re all wired differently. About three o’clock in the afternoon, I’m ready to laugh and carry on while others are starting to wear down. God certainly has a sense of humor! This is just an example of our human nature. We’re all different but thrown together to do life with the same human needs. Only Jesus can meet those needs. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19 NLT).
At the true core of every human being is a desire to be loved. What we try to fill this fundamental need with is essential to our wellbeing. The pursuit for love drives us relentlessly. We, as humans, will chase after people, things and experiences with a vengeance if we think whatever it is will fill this void we’re trying to get rid of. God put “the chase” in you to point to Him. He’s the only One who can fill this deep chasm. There’s a scene in the book of Matthew where two brothers were fishing and Jesus came walking by. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him (Matthew 4:19-20 NLT). Isn’t it interesting that they literally just left everything? This is how they made a living! They were fishing in the natural but their spiritual instincts told them that this was the catch their hearts longed for standing before them in the flesh! I’m sure coming face to face with Jesus would certainly have had a much more fulfilling impact on these guys than catching fish. They could see Him as a forever provider. They just knew! They were hardwired for this moment. We all are!
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NLT). King Solomon understood this principle of humanity. In all of his splendor and earthly possessions, he instinctively knew then what we know now. Nothing can quench the thirst of humanity except for the love of God. He is truly the anecdote to every broken person. Solomon goes on to discuss things about this life and then reaches a conclusion. That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty (Ecclesiastes 12:13 NLT). He instructs us to revere God and have a right relationship with Him. This is where true joy comes from. Everlasting joy that can’t be demolished. The world is looking for this solid love and joy. We, as people, need this foundation.
Human beings like security. We like to lie down at night and know we and our families are safe. This world does not offer us security. Only being under the umbrella of protection of Almighty God gives our souls rest. Our eternal security is provided for through Jesus. We’re made to understand that there’s more to life than just this world. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT). We’re designed to live forever with our Creator. The world is desperately searching for peace. Jesus Is the Prince of Peace.
Hopefully you have had a life changing encounter with the One who never fails. He’s our living hope. This is the encouragement a dying world needs to hear. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24 NLT). Stay focused on the eternal things. Don’t get caught up in chasing the wind. Remember, no matter how long this world keeps spinning, there will never be another answer besides Jesus! He’s the living water that can satisfy the violent thirst of human nature.
Today’s guest writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband Robby and cat Harold.