The Good Thing

What if you had it all?

What if you had your dream life complete with your ideal family, house(s), car(s) and all the gadgets you could possibly desire? What if you were successful, famous and you had achieved self actualization, would you be sated? It is interesting that with material things, you can almost never have enough. There is always a desire to amass more wealth and keep upgrading. You get a new car and as you are driving out in it, you see another car model and want it.

David was a man who had it all. He was doing well by human standards. He had money, power and success.

However, David knew that all the wealth and success meant nothing if he did not have the Lord.

Psalm 16:2( NIV)

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.

David was able to distinguish between the things he owned and the good thing. He was not sated without God. The things he owned could not fill the God shaped void in his heart.

David’s thirst for God was real. He understood that nothing else could satisfy.

Psalm 42: 2 (NIV)

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

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It is interesting how socialization can lead you to believe that you can get sated with God. A ‘bare minimum’ bar has been set. Think of it like a relationship. If you knew your spouse, that is, everything that there was to know about them, would you still be interested in spending time with them? At some point it would be like reading a book over and over again. It would start off as your favorite book in the whole world and after some time, you would know the story word for word. Thinking that you know your spouse completely assumes that they will always remain the same and never change.

It is the same thing with God. God is alive, there is more to know about Him each and every day. Our human minds cannot fully comprehend the magnitude of God. It is rather sad to think that a weekly ‘dose’ can satisfy or sustain us. He is the only one who can fill the God-shaped void. Only He can truly satisfy. The things are nice to have, but the truth remains, without Him there is no good thing.



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