So, I’ve not always lived a ‘godly’ life.. Infact come to think of it, if someone mentioned "God" a few years back, I was off running for the hills. As a younger teenager I placed all my trust and hope in material things, things that gave me short thrills. I didn’t think much about the consequences, nor the risks that I would put myself and other into. I was doing life for me and no body else. I was full of hurts and thought the world owed me everything. I got caught up in the wrong crowd of people and was shown a world that I probably should never have even known about at such an age. I remember when I was 15 there was this really cool group at school and I wanted to be one of them. These kids were rough and I purposely started going to their drug filled underage parties because I knew that group would be there. I was looking for acceptance and was hoping one of them would notice me and include me in their group. Well, after a few weeks they did. I was cheering, these guys believed what I believed. They were caught up in the party scene and all that comes with that. I finally felt like I was at home with them. These guys filled that large hole in my heart from past hurts. They made me feel loved. I started hanging with this group everyday and getting drunk and high and wagging school became a frequent thing. We only loved ourselves all thought we were too far gone for anyone’s love. Yet… weirdly enough I liked the life I was living. That was until I was told we were moving to another state. I was pretty upset and even more angrier with my parents. Anyway to cut a long story short.. We moved away and I was enrolled in this nice little school where the kids were pleasant to teach etc and well… there was no one that was like me. Things had to change ya see and a guy I met who is now my best mate spoke God into my life and it was there that I turned my life around and started taking my eyes off myself and looking to greater things.
What im getting at is this kinda story is all to common..
We live in a world in which people are so lost and so alone, so hungry for truth, that they are grasping at straws, looking for anything that will satisfy their longings. They turn to the material things, money, success, sex and drugs, and to a spiritually starving person, these things all taste sweet…at first. But eventually they will be revealed to be the bitter and empty promises that they really are. They promise to fill, but they only leave one hungrier than they were before. God has placed an infinitely large hole in our hearts that can only be filled by an infinitely large God, so as long as we keep throwing limited objects into the hole, it will never be filled. And soon, we will find ourselves a slave to that endeavour. As we become more and more desperate for fullness, we grasp more and more frantically at bitter foods to quench our hunger. And the more that these bitter foods fail us, the more hopeless we become.
But there is an alternative to this desperate state, and that is the prospect of being genuinely filled. God can fill that large hole in our hearts, and the frantic searching will end. In fact, those bitter foods that tempted us before will no longer look so appealing. What’s more, we won’t even be tempted to fill ourselves with the truly sweet things of this world, such a marriage and family. Although these things are good, they are nothing but honey when it comes to our spiritual nourishment. Honey is truly sweet, but it is no true sustenance. No one can live off of honey alone. So while we may partake of honey as a reflection of the sweetness of God, we cannot mistake it for our true sustenance—the bread of heaven. Those of us who live in Christ should loathe honey when it is substituted for our true, spiritual nourishment. We can see it for the empty nourishment that it is.
One who rests in Christ needs neither the bitter nor the sweet things of this world. We can certainly enjoy the sweet things if we remember they are just a reflection of God’s love for us, but we should never depend on them for life. When it comes to renewing our souls, both honey and brackish water are one in the same—bitter and empty. That is what it means to be full in Christ