day, it seems, we're searching for something. That
age old question: "what is the meaning of life"
seems to linger in the back of our mind. We're
longing for significance, longing for worth or for
something of value to come our way. We wonder if
we're alone or if we're the only one dealing with the
particular life situations we're facing. So we
search---as if shopping for answers---but more often
than not, we don't find answers or solutions or remedies
for our questions or inner longings. So we keep
looking. Window shopping. We heap onto
ourselves books, articles, Bible studies and
devotionals---we read, we search, we yearn---but we
never come to that place of contentment for which we
It's only when
we stop browsing, stop window shopping and start
shopping to buy, that we will begin to take hold of the
key that will open the door of our heart to accept the LORD
what the LORD has for us.
But, so often, we're really not interested in the real
work of shopping to buy, the commitment of owning the
solution or the responsibility for applying the
information we might acquire. So... we're content
to simply window shop... ever looking but never
We do this,
perhaps, in many areas of our lives... we want the
results, but we're not really willing to make the
necessary sacrifices to attain them. We see beautiful
homes, neatly arranged and spotlessly clean and we long
for the same to be ours---but we're not really willing
to part with our useless things or invest the time to
eliminate clutter and deep clean our spaces. Or,
we see a woman we consider to be beautiful and trim and
fit---we long for that same form and yet aren't willing
to eliminate those things that hinder our health and we
aren't eager to put in the necessary work to achieve
And so it is,
with the longings we have for the LORD
and His righteousness. We must decide to stop
window shopping as we look into His Word---and we must
determine to buy the Truth and sell it not. The LORD
tells us that we will know the Truth and the Truth shall
set us free. And it is for freedom that we have
been saved. We're no longer bound by the yoke of
sin and yet, we live in bondage to so many things that
hinder the freedom we have in Christ.
So what's the
Key? The key, in reality is Jesus. The
answer is too simple---it's so simple that we actually
complicate it by adding to it----and I think this is
where the window shopping begins. We start off
with the key and then attempt to carrying it around,
trying to fit the key into all the doors the world
offers. The key doesn't seem to fit in any door at
all and so we keep looking and plodding along.
Just like the immaculate home or the athletic body---the
price seems too high to us and the work too difficult
and so we attempt our own way to achieve the
results---but there is no other way to achieve the
desired results----just as there is no other way to have
the joy and benefits of a faithful life than simply
walking with the LORD. He is
both the Key and the Door at once.
Jesus: the Key
and the Door. He is our righteousness, He is our
light and life. It's not Jesus and___________.
It's just Jesus. Jesus alone.
counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire,
that thou mayest be rich;
and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and
that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou
The Word says
come unto me, all you that are heavy laden and I will
give you rest. We're weary at the end of our
window shopping... our feet and back aches, our arms
ache from being crossed so tightly all the time and we
suffer fatigue from all the looking and wandering.
So it is with a life of wandering and
searching---longing and yearning. In all of that, *self*
is the focus---self will never be satisfied---self will
never be happy when self is in control. Self is
greedy and domineering and unstable. Self
wanders... rummages around , ravenous for whatever it
wants at the moment but is never ever satisfied.
Self looks to self to be satisfied. Self is our greatest
personal enemy and window shopping, our greatest waste.
whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from thy commandments.
But when we give
self to God... and yield self to His care and His
control, only then will we begin the journey of owning
the Truth. We'll never again be satisfied with the
counterfeit of looking in windows hoping to find
satisfaction for our desires. When our desire is
met in Jesus, all others will be counterfeit.
We will then seek all our refreshment in the Word and in
His Word we will find all that we need for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness. His Word will be a lamp unto
our feet and light unto our paths. He will guide
us with His eye and will keep our feet from falling.
His law will be our delight and will be our meditation
day and night.
In our We will
know that Jesus is all we really want and all we really
is the message which we have heard of him, and declare
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.