Looking to God for “satisfying”

A year of global lockdowns has had a number of unwelcome side-effects. Among these is an upturn in binging, including a ramping up of the more sensual forms of self-indulgence, such as consumption of alcohol and pornography. Invariably, such activities paper over a far deeper need, and often spiral into addiction. That deeper need is to realize that at our core, we are so much more than a bundle of material impulses, capable of feeling only fleeting satisfaction. We are, in fact, the creation and expression of infinite divine Love, and our only need is to discover just how capable we are of experiencing and living this deeply satisfying and joyful identity. 

The unchecked inclination to indulge feelings of loneliness, boredom, anxiety, dissatisfaction, or anger is actually sensuality’s veil, which would keep us from seeing and feeling the very thing that frees us from these mental states: our oneness with divine Love, God. This oneness isn’t optional; it is the underlying fact of our identity as the reflection of God’s nature. Uncovering this loving outlook in ourselves uplifts our thoughts of, and behavior toward others. It also reaps the richest of rewards—companioning with God. As the Psalmist describes it, “As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment” (Psalms 16:11, The Voice). 

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