Thursday, July 12, 2007

God's Presence 7 (Spiritual Fulfillment)

Today I want to talk about spiritual fulfillment. The world tells us to set the pace, do what we think will bring us fulfillment, seek to make ourselves happy, and so on. If we could be fulfilled through the world, then why do so many people go through life unfulfilled? It is because fulfillment can only come through God, the creator who created us. Only our creator knows what will fill us. And primarily, what we need to fill ourselves with is God's presence.
In his second letter, p. 29, Brother Lawrence, in his book "The Practice of the Presence of God" says: "I still believe that all spiritual life consists of practicing God's presence, and that anyone who practices it correctly will soon attain spiritual fulfillment. To accomplish this, it is necessary for the heart to be emptied of everything that would offend God. He wants to possess your heart completely. Before any work can be done in your soul, God must be totally in control."
The problem for most people is that God is not in control of their heart. What usually controls people's hearts is their sinful, selfish desires. That is why they struggle to feel connected with God; struggle to feel God's presence. We would rather do something for ourselves, than do something that connects us with God. Prayer, reading the Bible, Bible study, worship, are not as exciting to people as going to the beach, going to Disneyland, or going to a sporting event. Consequently, people live their lives in want, wishing for fulfillment.
Again, Brother Lawrence says: "I would urge everyone to be aware of God's presence, if for no other reason than because His presence is a delight to our souls and spirit." We are aware of physical hunger, but not as aware of the hunger of our souls and spirits. Let us make it a priority in our lives to seek after God so that we might experience the fulfillment God has for us.