Have you ever heard the expression ‘Drinking from my saucer’? It’s a reference to Ps.23:5 where David is describing the feast the Lord had laid before him and remarks ‘my cup runs over.’
It’s a beautiful image of abundance, of being loved excessively by an extravagant God. It’s a picture of being overwhelmed.
But many of us today don’t feel like we’re drinking from our saucers. In fact, a lot of us are going thirsty.
In light of the promises of God’s word – to say nothing of the theology of several mega churches today – Christians should be living blessed, full lives. After all, Paul says we serve a God who can give us abundantly more than we ask or think.
So why are so many of us just barely getting by? Why are so many of us getting by with less?
Everybody gets thirsty. It’s a completely natural, physical experience that afflicts everyone. And the first thing we want to do with that thirst is quench it. We think to ourselves about all the delicious beverage options we can choose from and continue to think on them until we can satisfy the thirst.
It’s the same with a spiritual thirst. We all want to live full lives, and we spend a great deal of those lives thinking about what exactly we want to fill them with. A few things that come to mind are stable finances, a nice home, healthy kids… you know, what the Jones’s have.
So we scrimp and save, strive and try, plan and pray, compare and despair, all with the aim to fill. And not only fill: fill to overflowing.
And we never quite get there, do we?
Wanna know why? Because that cup is huge. I mean enormous. That hole, that cup we are trying to fill is bottomless, fathomless. We can’t fill it. You could pour worlds into it and not even hear a satisfying splat.
Because worlds won’t satisfy. They can never be enough because they were never intended to be.
The only way for a cup to overflow is if it is already full. But what’s more than worlds? What’s more than all your hopes and plans and dreams?
God is the only One big enough to fill up your life. He is the only One who can satisfy, who can fulfill. He built you to need Him and He never created any god-counterfeits.
The only way your cup can overflow is if it’s already full of God. Because once you have Him, once He’s enough, the rest is just excess. The rest spills over the side and splashes to the ground, incomparable to the sensation of fulfillment only God provides.
God has to be enough, because nothing else ever will be. Your life has to be full of God, or it will never overflow with abundance.
If God isn’t first and center, if He isn’t all, then you will always be thirsty.