“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.”

Psalm 73:25

 We can never look up to God when we are looking for people or things to sustain us. We know we’re leaning on other things when we’re in trouble and our first thought is a person or a thing and God becomes our second thought. These offer temporary relief. All earthly help without God’s involvement will be temporary. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t use people. He does it all the time. The fact is too many times we’re looking to people and things to help us when we should look to Him, for He is the only One who is eternal. Everyone we know will one day move on in our life but God remains.

God never intended there to be anything in our life that takes His place in our hearts. God also loves us enough to bring us to the point where we can say, “Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.”

He did not create us to function as a fully developed human being by putting anything in His place. He loves us enough to take away those things that would distract us from making God the true Lord and Saviour of our life and living below our created potential. For when all the idols are put away, we finally realize that there is One in Heaven that we desire more than anything on earth. Bit by bit God wants to remove all our crutches and alliances that we think give us comfort and answers so we will learn to seek Him first. He wants us to learn to put away everything that would hinder putting Him first.

It was something like that with the psalmist Asaph in his relationship with God. When sur- rounded by the confusing and troubling circumstances of life, he could turn to the Lord. He reminded himself that God was in control and would care for him. In Psalm 73, after honestly expressing his questions and his doubts, Asaph concluded, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.”

It’s useless to look elsewhere for something that God alone can give. By faith, throw your arms around Him. Where else would you go?

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