Finding our Fulfillment in God
The story of the first quest for human fulfillment is in Genesis chapter 2. “Gen 2:8 And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward in Eden. And there He put the man whom He had formed. Gen 2:9 And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food. The tree of life also was in the middle of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. “ And after God created the first man, He launched Adam on a discovery mission. What Adam was going to discover was that he had a need for another person … a person whom God would create … God wanted to make sure that Adam recognized his need, recognized that God could provide for that need, and that the fulfillment of that need was not to be taken lightly.
“Gen 2:15-25: “And Jehovah God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree in the garden, but you shall not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
Gen 2:18 And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every animal of the field and every fowl of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. And Adam gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field. But there was not found a suitable helper for Adam.
Gen 2:21 And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh underneath. And Jehovah God made the rib (which He had taken from the man) into a woman. And He brought her to the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called Woman because she was taken out of man. “
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife; and they were not ashamed. (Modern King James Version).
God allowed man to experiment with the animals that He had created so Adam could realize that he had a need, a need that only God could provide. Today, God sometimes allows us to experience need so that we will turn to Him. God wants us to remember Him. More than that, He wants us to fellowship Him, befriend Him, respect Him, obey Him.
The same kinds of things happen to us today. We experience needs so that God can show His usefulness and providence for us. Like a loving father, He wants to provide. He is waiting for us to pay Him some attention. He can’t stand being ignored.
At other times, God has withdrawn blessings so that man would turn to him. The blessing of “cleanness of teeth” for Israel sounds foreign to us these days, but God gave them that kind of hunger so people would turn to Him (Amos 4:6). God doesn’t do those kinds of things to people if more subtle clues are working. If we want things to go well for us, let us seek God every day.
Seek Him in the reading of His word. Seek Him in prayer. Seek Him in worship. Those activities are just good for God—they are good for us. God knows we need His Bible, prayer, and worship.
God seeks to pour out blessings on us, His children. Like a responsible father, He will not give us a blessing that we are too immature to receive or use safely. Sometimes God has to say “No” to our requests because we are not yet mature enough spiritually to receive them. Sometimes He has to say “Wait a while. Wait awhile because there are some other parts of this puzzle that you can’t see from your vantage point. It’ll work out.”
Addictions and perversions are man’s attempt to get around God. They never work out right because additions and perversions are the inventions of Satan. Satan never satisfies. He never meets needs. The devil is the father of all lies. Let God give you His blessings, in His own way.
Only in God can we find our greatest fulfilment and happiness. Look to Him.
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