“Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.”
G. K. Chesterton
This rather shocking quote from Chesterton packs a great truth that goes beyond men and brothels. The larger truth is that we seek to satisfy our deepest longings in a variety of ways when there is only one way, the way to God.
We were created by God to find our greatest satisfaction in our relationship with Him. Many don’t grasp this great truth, and those of us that do grasp it find that we often don’t live it out. We humans continually fall back into our sinful default mode of seeking to find our greatest satisfaction in anything but God: sex, achievement, position, power, mate, family, hobbies, attractiveness, movies, books, cars, boats, houses, TV, the internet, vacations, enjoyment of nature, alcohol, drugs, sleep, sports, etc.
Much of what we find attractive and pursue is good, but these good things can be the enemy of the best, which is God! No wonder God had the first of His Ten Commandments state that we are to have no other god before Him. The irony is that the good things of life can be enjoyed to their fullest only when we realize they are gifts from God and that we put the Gift-Giver before the gift of these good things.
In reality, the Lord is knocking at our door, the door of our heart. He yearns to relate to us more than we could ever yearn to relate to Him. Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
I know I’m drifting spiritually when I seek to find comfort, relief from anxiety, meaning and purpose, excitement, pleasure or any other human yearning in something else first rather than in God. I have to frequently remind myself that the first door I need to knock at is the door into God’s presence!
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)