Is God drawing you into dissatisfaction with your life?
Johnny Lee wrote and sang the familiar song Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places. His lyrics go like this…
“I spent a lifetime lookin' for you
Single bars and good time lovers were never true
Playing a fools game, hopin' to win
And tellin' those sweet lies and losin' again.
I was lookin' for love in all the wrong places
Lookin' for love in too many faces
Searchin' their eyes, lookin' for traces
Of what I'm dreamin' of
Hoping to find a friend and a lover
I'll bless the day I discover,
Another heart- lookin' for love.
And I was alone then, no love in sight
I did every thing I could to get me through the night
I don't know where it started or where it might end
I'd turn to a stranger just like a friend.
And you came a knockin' at my hearts door
You're everything I've been lookin' for
There's no more lookin' for love in all the wrong places
Now that I found a friend and a lover
God blessed the day I discovered you” http://www.metrolyrics.com/looking-for-love-lyrics-johnny-lee.html
Recently I listened to John Cooper’s message Coming Back to Faith on his Cooper Stuff Podcast.
Similarly to Lee’s song, Cooper states that looking for sustenance in anything other than God is like drinking ocean water when you’re thirsty. The salt in the ocean water leaves you thirstier than you were before. Why? Because Ocean water is dissatisfying and not a source of hydration. Though it looks refreshing…it’ll never satisfy you. You can look to it all you want, but the result will be the same every time.
Cooper points out that struggling in faith is a goodness of God. Think about that…how can it be? Because God is good...and because He's good, this proves that He's not giving up on you. He's continuing to speak into you because He's living in you and drawing you closer to Himself. God is faithfully drawing you to dissatisfaction for a purpose. Drawing you to a place of dissatisfaction, because He wants you to realize that without God, everything is vanity and emptiness. This means He genuinely loves and cares about you, and that He’s not giving up on you. It’s also confirmation that He is residing with you and convicting you…that you need Him and Him alone. Conviction is a good and healthy indicator for something that needs corrected. God is drawing you to repentance. Cooper wisely states that,
“If God has to draw you into dissatisfaction with your life, in order for you to reach out to Him for satisfaction...then that's what He'll do.”
In sharing on his podcast, Cooper wants you to…
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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