You played the harlot, giving yourself away, because you were insatiable; yes, you played the harlot, yet you were not satisfied.
As I was reading through chapter 16 of Ezekiel for the fifth or so time this week, God stopped me on verse 28 and dropped in my heart that this was to be the subject of my devotional. Immediately, I started protesting. "Write about a verse using such brash description? Lord, You know that may not go over well." Yet, as I continued to ponder this word, it became evidently clear that the Word of God bringing light to our spiritual prostitution may in fact be what so many of us need to experience.
As 21st century Americans, we have the insatiable appetite God describes in Ezekiel. We are always thinking about what the next step is. How can we get more money? When will we upgrade to a bigger/better/newer house? Where is the next place we will go? How can we get more attention? Who will recognize us if we do this or that or the other? Can we look better than everyone else? Do you have the right car/jewelry/clothes/friends? We get our hands on one thing and immediately want the next step, hardly stopping to enjoy what we've obtained or showing gratitude to God who provides.
When we spend all our time seeking what the world has to offer, we give away our peace of mind, our gratitude, our contentment, our joy, our hope, and our comfort. We take all the things God gives us, look at them, and declare His gifts aren't good enough. We toss them out, letting anyone and everyone take them from us, thinking that in this exchange, we are going to finally get that missing piece that will make us eternally happy. Still, the agonizing truth remains: we are left feeling even more empty and alone and devalued than we did before.
Did you know your life doesn't have to be like this? You don't have to prostitute yourself out mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or physically? You don't have to offer up the gifts God gives of peace, joy, and prosperity. You don't have to give those away to get more.
We must understand the truth of Matthew 4:4, "Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." We cannot survive on what the physical world has to offer. The more we seek out what man can give us, the less we will be satisfied. We can obtain all the world has to offer, but we will still want more. There is only One who can satisfy: Jehovah Jireh, God who Provides. It is in Him and Him alone that the voids of our spirit can be filled.
To read more on the promises of God to satisfy us, check out these verses:
- Psalm 16:11
- Matthew 6:33
- Romans 15:13
- John 6:55-59
- Psalm 103:1-5
- Isaiah 55:1
- John 6:50-71
- Matthew 5:6
- Isaiah 58:11
- Jeremiah 15:16
My prayer today is that your heart will connect with God's truth: He is the only true satisfaction. He is the God who provides all our needs and causes us to live in the abundance of the riches of His Kingdom.
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