We can all remember those now infamous MasterCard commercials. The ones listing items easily charged to their high interest credit cards, always ending with that one thing money can’t buy… Pink tutu $25. New camcorder $350. A dozen roses $40. Getting to watch my precious daughter’s first recital… Priceless!
I agree. Those moments are priceless, but nothing compares to God’s love for us. I think one of the most difficult things for me to come to grips with about God’s incredibly endearing love is it costs nothing, yet it is worth everything. All we have to do is open our hearts and accept it.
For so long I have tried to fill the sad, empty places in my heart with something. Alcohol. Food. Shopping. Over the years the obsession changed, but it was always those tangible items I could go to a store and buy. None of these have worked. They only provide brief, deceiving, and temporary relief.
Renee Swope describes this need for fulfillment in A Confident Heart:
You see, God put a longing for unfailing love in our hearts because He knew it would lead us back to Him. Only God’s unfailing love will fill and fulfill the desires of our hearts. It is the deepest thirst of our souls. Until God’s love is enough, nothing else will be.
We cannot fill these holes in our hearts with anything but God’s unfailing love. As I have journeyed through this 31 day program of trying to find relief from food addiction, I have been reminded of this truth many times. When I felt lonely, sad, or any other uncomfortable emotion, I could not turn to food as I have done so many times in the past. God has used this time to lead me back to Him, just as He has tried with each of the many other addictions I have left behind. This time is different. This time I am listening. I am following. I am taking the bait…
I want a confident heart as Renee defines one:
A confident heart is found in a woman who knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that she is loved no matter what. Lasting security comes when we bring the empty well of our hearts to Jesus and ask Him to fill and fulfill us with the security of His unfailing love.
I’m ready for lasting security, not the fleeting kind all of the other objects of my desire have given me. I am putting my trust in Him. Not a bag of chips. Not a 1500-calorie, artery clogging dessert. To beat any addiction that screams to us throughout our lives, we need a long-term solution. His unfailing love is my eternal solution…