By Will Graham, Special to ASSIST News Service
CHARLOTTE, NC (ANS – November 21, 2017) — I really do appreciate Thanksgiving. What’s not to like? You get to enjoy time with family, a day full of football, and — of course — food. More than just food, it’s good food. And there’s often a lot of it.
It’s true that many of us will be feasting on significant portions of tasty treats on Thanksgiving, but as we look ahead to this wonderful time of year, I’d like to focus on a different type of hunger.
While food that nourishes our body is good, it is nowhere near as eternally important as that which nourishes the soul. We need something that will feed the spiritual hunger that is within us.
My grandfather, Billy Graham, often said that there’s a “God-shaped hole” inside each of us. It’s that space that many people try to fill with wealth, possessions, sex, drugs, alcohol, work or relationships.
The problem is, the things of this world are fleeting, they’re broken, and they’ll eventually let you down. Money and belongings can be ripped away from you in a moment. Relationships falter. Drugs and alcohol wear off and leave you right back where you were, or worse.
There’s a beautiful passage in the book of Psalms that I’ve grown to love. “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9, NKJV).
It’s such a simple sentence, but it encompasses all that mankind has been seeking for millennia. It is God who fills us up. He is the One who refreshes our soul and dwells in our innermost self, meeting those needs and desires that seem to be so elusive. We hunger for Him, and He alone satisfies.
Let me ask you this: What are you filled with today? Are you consumed with bitterness and anger? Do you feel like you’ve gotten a raw deal in life? Are you chasing the things of this world to fill an emptiness in your soul? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?
If so, I’d encourage you to seek God and the goodness that He brings. Rather than being consumed with the temporary and broken, you could be filled with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Draw close to God; let Him satisfy your longing and hungry soul, and you’ll truly have something to be thankful for this year!
Photo captions: 1) Will Graham preaching. 2) Will Graham being interviewed by ANS founder, Dan Wooding, who began his journalistic career in London in 1968, when he became a reporter for The Christian, Billy Graham’s then British newspaper. Dan has since worked with Billy Graham as a writer at his overseas crusades in Moscow, Russia; Essen, Germany; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. 3) Three generations of Grahams — Will, Franklin and Billy. 4) Will Graham with his grandfather, Billy Graham, who just celebrated his 99th birthday.
About Will Graham: Will is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He also serves as vice president of the BGEA, and as executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C. He is the son of Franklin, and grandson of Billy Graham. Follow Will on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/WillGraham4 and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TellaGraham.
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