Finding Satisfaction In Christ
Corrie Ten Boom once said, “There are no ‘ifs’ in God’s world, and no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety.” As human beings, we are all longing to be “safe” and to belong. We desire to feel valuable and secure. We strive to fulfill these desires in a variety of ways, some of which include our careers, financial status, relationships, circles of friends, and many other things. Most Christians desire to be in line with God’s will. We seek to know God’s will by praying, reading our bibles, and seeking counsel from people we trust. But what do we do when God leads us into situations, relationships, or circumstances that no longer feel “secure” or comfortable?
Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” This verse tells me that Christ should ultimately be the anchor of my soul. As the anchor of my soul, wherever that anchor lands is the most secure and safe place I could ever be. That means that even if I am anchored in the midst of a raging storm that seems very “dangerous”, I am still safer there than I would be on dry lands without my anchor. That is easy to digest in theory, but when it comes to applying it to real life it is a lot harder.
I really believe that we cannot truly be anchored in Christ until our whole identity is founded in Him. This is hard for me because I find so much joy and security in other things. It is not bad to find satisfaction in other things, but they should never be our security. Since becoming a mom, I have felt for the first time in my life that I am doing the exact job God has called me to do. Although most days I feel like a failure, I can honestly say I love every second of it and I know it is what I am supposed to be doing in this season of my life and I grow and learn daily from it. Motherhood is one of the greatest blessings I have ever received. It is a struggle for me not to find my identity in being a wife and a mother. These roles consume my life and they are what I put the majority of my time and my effort into, how could they not?
These roles should not define me because they are temporary. They could be stripped from me in a second. Our identities should be founded in Christ alone and our lives should reflect that truth. I feel like such a hypocrite even writing these words, but they are true. Isaiah 49:15-16 says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” These were the first of God’s words that ever came alive to me and they mean even more to me now. God loves us in an unfathomable way. A way that is even stronger than a mother to her child. Now that I am a mom, I cannot comprehend a love any stronger.
God wants us to enjoy the blessings he has given us; that is why He gives them to us. It is good to love your family and enjoy your job. It is good to pursue things you love that make you happy. However, we need to remember to find our ultimate satisfaction and security in Christ. He is the only anchor that can withstand all storms. He should be the one that we desire above all else. Even when he takes things away from us or puts us in uncomfortable “seasons” or situations, we still have Him as the anchor to our soul. What else could we want besides an everlasting anchor to our souls? When going through a particularly “uncomfortable” season, a friend sent me Psalm 27:4 and it has been my prayer ever since. It says, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
- Emily Dayton