Most of us fantasize about what it would be like to be able to buy anything our hearts desire. William Randolph Hearst actually did it. In the process of building an unsurpassed media empire of newspapers and magazines during the early decades of the 20th century, Hearst accumulated staggering wealth.

He built a castle on the Pacific Ocean coastline where he owned 100 miles of ocean-front property. Hearst filled his castle with world class paintings, sculptures and handcrafted treasures. Checkbook in hand, he plundered the salons and drawing rooms of Europe. It is estimated that at one time he personally owned 20% of the world’s finest art.

Hearst fell in love with one particular print and simply had to have the original painting. He dispatched one of his staff to track it down. It was a difficult task that devoured several thousand dollars. Finally, the staffer returned with both good news and surprising news. The good news was he had located the original painting. The surprising news was Hearst already owned the original. It was in one of his warehouses.

Is it possible to search the world for a treasure we already possess? Do we seek joy, peace of mind, unconditional love, acceptance and access to God? All of this and so much more has already been given to us. Ephesians 1:4 states, “Before the foundations of the world were laid God had already chosen us.” Psalm 139:16 says, “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were written all the days that were ordained for me when as yet there was not one.” All of this reveals that God planned on you receiving His goodness, guidance and friendship. Every divine blessing is ours through Christ Jesus.

So rather than searching through the various warehouses of stuff trying to obtain affirmation, turn to the One who is your source of life and loves you with an everlasting love. It’s God who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion (Psalm 103). God stores your tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8) and has inscribed your name on His palm (Isaiah 49:16).

In Jesus Christ we already have the desires of our hearts available.

Rev Dr William A Lewis