A Satisfied Soul has an Obedient Will

January 21, 2018 | 0 comments

Posted in: Community Ministry

pastorpen3In St. Augustine's Confessions Saint Augustine wrote "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you."

Humanity is full of dreamers, skeptics, explorers, inventors, con-querors and creators. We typically find little satisfaction in sitting still (as you may have experienced on these recent snow days). Our brains are constantly at work; even when we sleep. We are naturally impatient and desire to be moving or doing something. We have created fidget spinners, wobble chairs, and other gadgets to help us stay focused...or keep us busy.

We fear that through inactivity we miss our purposes in life. How-ever, blind or random activity does not automatically attain pur-pose. Wisdom helps us choose which activities are actually achiev-ing our God glorifying purposes. It is here that we find true and lasting satisfaction.

I agree with St. Augustine, because I have personally experienced being restless until I rest in Him. We can achieve awards, money, and popularity and still feel empty. We can spend many hours a day watching TV, checking email, playing video games, or chatting online and still feel like we've wasted the day away. The key to ob-taining lasting satisfaction is obedience. We must follow God and submit to His authority. We must align our desires with what He desires.

"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep." (Psalm 127:1-2)

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