The Perfect Fit
Lysa TerKeurst

"I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws." Psalm 119:30 (NIV)

As a little girl, I had longed for a daddy to pick me up, swing me around, and tell me I was lovely and loved. When this childhood longing went unmet, it became an adult emptiness and brokenness that drove me to seek out all kinds of misguided remedies.

My primary remedy was to look for someone or something that would make me feel loved and significant. It's as if I carried around a little heart-shaped cup and extended it to whatever or whomever I perceived might fill it.

I presented the cup to my education: "Will you fill me?"

I offered it to my husband: "Will you fill me?"

I held it out to my child: "Will you fill me?"

I extended it to my material possessions: "Will you fill me?"

I presented it to each of my jobs: "Will you fill me?"

Within these questions were many more entanglements: "Will you right all my wrongs?" "Will you fill up my insecurities?" "Will you make me feel significant?" The more I offered my emptiness hoping something could fill it, the more frustrated I felt.

And when I had grown in my faith, I was especially perplexed. Wasn't being a Christian supposed to fix these kinds of issues in my heart? What was I missing?

Have you ever been there?

Why is it so tempting to look to things of this world for fulfillment? This notion that worldly things can fulfill is all around us. It's on TV, the focus of countless secular songs, and it's what dominates American advertisements. I can't even stand in the grocery store checkout lane without being bombarded with suggestions for a more fulfilling life. A better husband. A better body. A better career. A more beautifully decorated house. The magazines seem so slick, their promises so enticing. They sneak into our thought processes and make us think, "If only I had _______________, I'd be so happy. I'd be so fulfilled."

So, we chase and chase until we bankrupt our relationships, our bank accounts, and our very souls. The reality is every single thing the world offers is temporary. No person, possession, profession, or position can ever fill the cup of a wounded, empty heart—not my heart, not your heart. It's an emptiness only God can fill.

Whatever "if only I had" statement we are struggling with, we can replace it with solid truths from Scripture that will never leave us empty. It's a bold statement to make and might even sound a bit trite, but it's true.

When God's Word gets inside of us, it becomes the new way we process life. It rearranges our thoughts, our motives, our needs, and our desires. Our soul was tailor made to be filled with God and His truth; therefore, it seeps into every part of us and fills us completely. It is the only perfect fit.

Dear Lord, we ask today that You set within us a passion for Your Word. A passion that will override the fleshly desire within us to chase after fulfillment from people, possessions, professions, or positions. Lord, help us place the highest importance on getting into Your Word every day. And may we always approach Your Word with a humility of need and a heart ready to receive all You want to teach us. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Visit Lysa TerKeurst’s blog for a list of her favorite Bible Verses. This is just the jump start you need to get into God’s Word each day.

If you connected with this devotion, you won’t want to miss Lysa’s upcoming book, Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl. To order your copy today, click here.

What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst

Application Steps:
Fill in this blank: I've always thought, "If only I had _________________ I'd be happy and fulfilled.

Now, visit Lysa’s blog for a list of Bible Verses to help replace this faulty script we play in our minds.

What or who have I tried to get fulfillment from?

How does this damage my relationships?

Power Verses:
Psalm 19:7a, "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul." (NIV)

Psalm 27:10 -11a, "Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Teach me your way O Lord; lead me in a straight path…" (NIV)

Psalm 45:1a, "My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king…" (NIV)

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Anonymous Larae Weaver said...

Praise the Lord!! We just heard this along the same lines at church last night. She said "If you want to see change come, you have to make a change!" If you keep doing the same thing over and over, you are going to keep getting the same over and over. We are to abide with the Vine. To abide with Him we must know Him. We must spend time reading His Word, and we must spend time meditating on His Word. God wants a close, intimate, relationship with us. If we don't make the time we won't ever get the time. With all we do every day from work, to school, to caring for our families, to going to church, to whatever, God is calling on us to move closer to Him. When the storms come we will be able to withstand them because we have spent time with the Father!!! I got some wonderful verses to meditate on, and I'm so happy about that. Have a great day ladies.

Anonymous Rani John said...

Holy Spirit revealed to me this thought few days back and I'm so happy to get a confirmation from your devotion today. Today, in this world people are not happy with what they have...they long for something they dont have and once they get that..they are not satisfied and long for something else. Only God can fill that empty cup and nothing else. Until and unless we apprach Him, our cups will be empty. Thank you so much for that wonderful thought..God Bless.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

God has given us a lot of wonderful gifts,some more than others,he also provides gifts to the wicked and unbelievers.
I see nothing wrong in wanting a better body,better skin,a Mercedes Benz,a better job,a better house,etc.
But what we must not do is set our complete faith in worldly posessions--- they and us return to dust,just look at the clunkers that are being destroyed,they were once someones brand new car!
Let us all turn to our Greatest posession we all have and that is God's saving Grace,that frees us from satan and all of our sins and gives us a promise of eternal life with Him in heaven--Amen
By the way I drive a Dodge, wish I had a Benz!

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