There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves in the middle of a long journey. We are too far ahead to turn back and yet further still from where our souls long to be. And we keep walking, knowing that in a moment our hearts may tell us to stop, pitch our tents, make our homes, and exchange what could be for what already is.

This is a temptation that all who desire for more face: the acceptance that what we already have is enough.

But what if God looks at us, smiles, and says, “There is more and there is greater.”

This is the seeming tension we walk in. We are told to be completely satisfied in Him. He is all we need. Yet, we are told that God brings us from glory to glory.

This seems like tension because of how it feels. To be completely satisfied in Him feels like hitting the breaks on pursuit and ambition. It feels like parking our cars and admiring the sunset.

Going from glory to glory feels like movement. It feels like driving a car towards the sunset. When we realize that the sun is further than we can reach with our cars, we ditch them for airplanes, and then space shuttles. Then we find ourselves surfing the rays of the sun with angels. This is the movement of glory to glory.

Satisfaction and ambition are never in tension when we realize that God is ambitious for us. Our satisfaction in Him leads us to glorious places beyond what we could have ever imagined for ourselves.

We find this in the story of Jonah. Jonah was a recognized prophet in Israel. He ministered with authority in such a way that kings would pay attention. This was all chronicled in 2 Kings 14:25. It was a footnote in the whole of Scripture.

God, however, wasn’t done with Jonah. God’s heart for Jonah was for greater. He was to be the man who transformed one of the greatest cities during that time. Even in Jonah’s rebellion, God’s heart was to elevate Jonah to be the most successful evangelist in all of recorded history.

To fully capture what this man did, it’s like some random stranger from Canada washing up in Chelsea Pier in New York City. He spends three days walking around New York City saying, “Yup… God’s going to destroy this city.”

The after 3 days, the mayor hears about it and institutes a city-wide repentance. Everyone puts on sackcloth, fasts, and prays. Not only that, but everyone’s pets are covered in sackcloth.

Jonah’s glorious story was only possible because of God’s heart to bring us from glory to glory. It didn’t matter how resistant he was or that he rebelled against God. God’s heart didn’t change because God never changes.

God desires glory for us. What this means to me is that being fully satisfied in Him includes being satisfied that we are called to dream and pursue greater and more glorious things. We are free to roam and hope and wonder and pursue and ask and seek and knock.

This is the pattern of God.

He takes a shepherd boy and makes him a king. He takes fishermen and tax collectors and makes them the founding pillars of the Church. He takes a zealot, an enemy of Christ, and inspires him to write most of the New Testament. He comes as a child born of a poor family and is called Lord of Lords.

He looks at you and me and says that there is more. There is glory to glory. Yes be satisfied in Him. However, know that His satisfaction is to pour out more and more glory over you.

Published by Young Song