The Source of All Good Things
"When you expect anyone to meet a need that only God can fulfill you are setting yourself up for disappointment and bitterness. No one can meet all of your needs except God."
- Rick Warren
Many times we experience unresolved inner conflict because we emotionally draw from a well of shallow resources. This inner conflict sometimes results from looking to those we are in relationship with to fill certain voids. Whether it was intentional or unintentional in most occasions, it does not end well.
I've been in relationships that started out really good but ended with me feeling lost and depleted. In the beginning, I believed that God gave those relationships space in my life for the season that I was in at the time to help me grow. The issue evolved when my focus changed and gave those relationship complete rule over my heart. I'd developed a longing for consistency from inconsistent sources. I lost sight of the true source of my fulfillment which is God.
If you ever reach that point, you must stop and self evaluate for a moment. Ask yourself a few hard questions…
What am I feeling?
Why I am I feeling like this?
What am I longing for that I may not be getting from this person or thing?
Do I have misplaced expectations for this relationship?
If you can honestly answer those questions, I encourage you to present those answers to God in prayer. He is the source of all good things. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Earthly relationships, careers, money, achievements can all be good sources of happiness but they are all temporal. God is eternal. He is the source of everlasting joy [Isaiah 51:11]. He is the source of peace that supersedes our understanding, guarding our hearts and minds [Philippians 4:7].
Give God access to your heart. Give him permission to expose those areas of bitterness and disappointment so that healing can begin. When you realize and rest in the truth that all you need is in Him, your life and relationships will be healthier and fulfilling as God intended.
Psalm 100:5 “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Heavenly Father, I choose to look to you, the source of all my needs. Help me to see you for who you are with clarity and confidence. You are not only my provider, you are my provision. There are many things that contend for my dependency but I declare today that you are more than enough. You know what I need and that supersedes my wants. I choose to seek first your kingdom from which everlasting joy flows. Lord you are good, your love endures for ever, and your faithfulness continues through all generations. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!