DayBreaks for 6/25/14 – Frustrated Expectations and Empty Searches
Isaiah 55:2 (NLT) Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.
A preacher recently told a story about when his grandmother died. Some time after her death, his mother received a notice from the bank that her grandmother had left not just one, but two, safe deposit boxes in their vault and that the contents would now be passed along to the preacher’s mom.
The family was astounded by this and wondered what might be in the boxes? The grandmother’s husband had died 20 years prior, and the family speculated that perhaps the grandmother had set aside cash or jewelry or other items such as stocks or bonds to help cover her own living expenses as she aged. The mystery and excitement grew as time passed and the family was finally able to get to the bank.
After clearly everything legally and with all the paperwork done, the family was escorted into the vault where they first box was opened and much to their surprise it contained nothing but air. Air is valuable, but it is not what they were hoping for. Yet, one box still remained. They moved to that box and opened it fingers crossed (mentally if not physically!) only to find that it, too, contained nothing but air!
Their hopes and dreams had been disappointed. It is part of the human condition.
As people, we search for meaning and worth and love…often coming up with nothing but air as a result of the pursuit. We keep thinking that “Surely, this is the one!” or “This is my ticket to wealth!” only to find that it turns out to be nothing but vapor.
What is the cost? The emotional toll is very high…and we can spend our entire life looking in the wrong places, opening one box after another after another, never finding anything that satisfies, nothing that was worth the effort. Yet we persist opening boxes, looking everywhere but the one place we can truly find satisfaction and joy.
God offers us the very best – He offers us Himself as the Bread of Life and the Living Water. Isn’t it about time to give Jesus a try? Isn’t it time to stop running from box to box, place to place, lover to lover and to run to the only Lover who will never abandon you?
He’s waiting for you!
PRAYER: Jesus, forgive our foolish pursuits! Open our hearts to Your love, to the riches that are hidden only in a relationship with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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