What do you see as the best gift you could ever have in life? The thing you long for most of all?
Something has been clicking in me recently, and I want to share it with you, because it’s life-changing.
It’s something I should have realised a long time ago, and maybe I did, but the Lord has been showing me again.
The greatest gift God can ever give us is Himself.
Knowing God. Knowing His love. Knowing Him as Father.
There are many good gifts in this world, and they all come from God.
‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.’ James 1:17
But none of them can ever truly satisfy the deep longings of our hearts. Only God can do that.
‘O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
6 When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.’ Psalm 63:1-8
Only He can heal the deep wounds of our hearts.
Only He can truly meet our longings for love; for peace; for significance.
Only He can truly satisfy our souls.
We all have empty, thirsting hearts. We live in a broken world. We are broken too. Our sins have broken us, and the wounds of this life have knocked us down. Some of us are very broken. And we all search desperately for something to fill the ache. We all look in different places, but there are some common ones we look in- like other people, relationships, approval, money, pleasure, quick fixes…
And yet, none of these truly, deeply fill the ache.
‘“For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”‘ Jeremiah 2:13
What we are really looking for is God Himself.
The Father we have been looking for all our lives.
The only One Who can truly satisfy our souls and make us whole.
Sometimes, God breaks in and gives us good gifts; things we have longed for for a long time.
But they are not the best gift (and seeing them as best will actually hurt us; not help us).
The very best gift God can ever give is Himself.
That dawned on me recently. God has been taking me on such a beautiful journey, revealing more of His love for me as my Father; pouring His love into broken places in my heart. But still I look for other things. But I realised this the other day: knowing Him and His love is the best thing He could ever give me.
This journey of discovering the love of my Heavenly Father is the best gift of all.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be other blessings. But none of them could be better than knowing Him; than delighting in how good He is; than discovering His love; than the outpouring of love into my heart from His Father heart.
It’s even worth going through tough seasons, when the tough seasons draw you into His arms, where He pours out His love.
There is peace in that. The more you know His love, the more you can stop striving; stop searching. Sure, good things will come in this life. Bad things will come too, until we (those who follow Jesus) make it to Heaven. But they never need to touch the deepest thing: I am loved by my Heavenly Father. He can satisfy every longing. He can quench every thirst. He can fill every ache with Himself.
Whatever life brings, I already have the best gift of all, because I have Him. Drinking from Him, I am full to overflowing… and more and more as I discover more of His love.
Because He is the One we have all been searching for all along.
And He is reaching out to you with His love, too. He gave His Son so you can be forgiven and accepted as His dearly loved child. He longs to sweep you up in His love… whether for the first time, as you surrender to Jesus as Lord and Saviour, turning from your sin and receiving forgiveness through Jesus as you surrender to follow Him, or again and again as you get to know God more and seek Him to let Him fill and heal up your heart.
God is the One we need, and knowing Him is the best gift of all.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.