Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Peace Craving

"It shall even be as when a hungry man dreams,
And look—he eats;
But he awakes, and his soul is still empty;
Or as when a thirsty man dreams,
And look—he drinks;
But he awakes, and indeed he is faint,
And his soul still craves:
So the multitude of all the nations shall be,
Who fight against Mount Zion.” - Isaiah 29:8

We all want one basic thing in life - PEACE.  We want the peace of satisfaction, the peace of financial freedom, the peace of a loving home, the peace of strong relationships, the peace of  - you fill in the blank.  But while a Christ offers us the solution in a relationship with Him, bringing us back into justification with God and PEACE in life (Isaiah 26:3) we look for peace everywhere else.
We try to work harder and reduce debt to have financial peace.

We try to make our own peace in our homes.
We try to grant ourselves inner peace through exercise, meditation, self-awareness, etc...

We try everything in the book - except turning our lives and every crevice of it over to God.  The areas of life in which we do not have peace are those in which we have not allowed God to be in charge - to be our full focus.
Just like the man that Isaiah speaks of who is hungry and he dreams this wonderful dream of a full meal - yet wakes hungry - we dream of things that we want, but never get there because we don't have the substance we need to fulfill those dreams.

And so our souls still crave, desire, and want. 
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. " - Matthew 11:28-29

"For He Himself is our Peace" - Ephesians 2:14

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