That Unquenchable Thirst for Fulfillment

From that magical moment of birth, we all set out on a life consuming quest to satisfy an unquenchable thirst for fulfillment. It was then that we filled our little lungs with air; oh, what an overwhelming experience that must of been! In fact, we loved it so much that we have never intentionally stopped doing it.

Then came our need for nourishment and comfort, which in turn triggered a God inspired train reaction of magical events We instantly learned a beautiful reality, which was that the inhaled air (filled with oxygen) in our lungs not only insured a healthy body, but we could use the exhaled (void of oxygen) air to stimulate our little vocal cords and have our needs met. David the great Psalmist of Israel was so right on when he pinned this revelation of his God and maker:

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully made; Wonderful are your works, my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

You see, it only took a mere whimper and our world stood at our command. Mom would come running into the room and filled our empty tummies or some one would answer the call and have our soiled diapers changed, and to add icing on the cake, the louder we cried, the higher people jumped. It seemed that life couldn't get any better.

THE WORLD WAS OUR STAGE
Then it did get better; can you remember your adolescence years? You know, the year when mom & dad were placed on the back burner and now it was all about that prince charming/goddess who sat next to you in class. Wow, if I could just get her to notice me and maybe fall madly in love (our limited knowledge of it) with me. Then this unquenchable thirst would be filled and for a season it did just that. But sadly, some one ended up with their first broken heart and OUCH, it sure did hurt.

Somehow we overcame that tragic event and we once again began to fearlessly pursue that one thing that would truly fill that darn void.

Life seemed like a smorgasbord and for many years we lusted and partook of its pleasures without measure.

SOWING & REAPING
But, blinded by our carnal passion, we failed to see that these reckless actions that were being sown would one day produce an unmerciful harvest of regret.

Do not be deceived (tricked, cheated, mislead), God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this will he will also reap. Galatians 6:7

For many that moment did arrive when we ended up in a bankruptcy, divorce, criminal court or even worse; standing at the pinnacle of one's game and sadly still having that monstrous void. But we were not the only ones affected by our misdirected ways. You see, for some, the day arrived when a bitter and unforgiving adult stood at the door and exclaimed "You will never truly understand how much pain and agony I endured as a child. As parents you were supposed to be my safe haven. You were so consumed in your mess; that you didn't even notice that I was left to fend for myself!"

Please don't think for a moment this only happens to the children of low life drug/alcoholic parents!" No, many are the children of low life corporate officers, low life professionals and every day low life people who like the drug addicted parent have chosen to travel on the low (self gratifying, ego-centric) road of life. There was no victory celebration to be found at roads end, only that unmerciful foe, who like quicksand was once again pulling it's victims into that ever-demanding void.

All IS VANITY
May we take heed and learn from Solomon who was the wealthiest king of Israel in Biblical times, whose personal journey led him to write the following words of wisdom , he says:

I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine... I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself, I made gardens and parks for myself and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. Also, I collected for myself silver and gold and the treasure of Kings and provinces. I provided for myself male and female singers and the pleasures of men – many concubines.

Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me Jerusalem. All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart for any pleasure.

Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I exerted, and behold all was vanity (worthless) and striving after the wind and there was no profit under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2

CONCLUSION & SOUTION
King Solomon writes in closing:

The conclusion, when all has been heard: fear (reverence) God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. Ecclesiastes 12:13

You see, my friends, recovery began when we stopped striving after the shifting winds of worldly opinions. Only then were we able to refocus and fix our eyes on Him who is our sole source of spiritual fulfillment. King David, Solomon's father understood this truth and writes:

I stretch forth my hands unto thee: My soul thirsts after Thee, as a thirsty land, Selah.Psalm 143:6<

Be encouraged (courage pumped into you) by God's promises to those who seek Him.

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My Spirit upon your seed. (* writer's insert – your children – don't forget that kid at the door) and My blessings upon your offspring; And they will spring up among the grass, Like poplars (trees) by the streams of water. This one will say, "I (*writer's insert - I belong to) am the Lords..." Isaiah 44:3-5a<

Are you tired of trying to quench your thirsty soul with things that never have and never will satisfy? If that's you, then lift up your weary head, take a deep breath and fill your lungs with life giving air, now stimulate your vocal cords as you exhale and ask your Father to fill your empty cup from that well that never runs dry.

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Copyright by Rev. Joseph A. Rivera.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Pressing On Faith Ministries
Temecula, CA U.S.A.

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