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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The Joy Challenge: Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Gifts are a good thing to celebrate. The giver is a better one. For our deepest craving is not for something but someone. And so: rejoice in God. There is no greater satisfaction than can be found in Christ for he alone can fulfil our desires. All else is counted as worthless in comparison to his surpassing worth. Philippians 3:8. We relish the taste of fresh bread as an appetiser for his heavenly bread. John 6. All our desires are meant to point us to the one who can ultimately meet our longings because he alone is what the souls seeks and hungers for. Oh, that this were true for me. But I am too easily satisfied, contented - in C.S. Lewis' words - by mud pie making in the slum in ignorance of a holiday at the sea. Or, in David Platt's, settling for a processed hamburger when I could have a steak. My desire for Jesus is too weak. Today I pray for an increased hunger for him, a hunger that spurns all else and refuses to be satisfied by anything less. 

Isaiah 55:1-3
"Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live."

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