“The only way to break the hold of a beautiful object on the soul is to show it an object even more beautiful.”
You’re beginning to recognize when you’re lured by soul-poisoning counterfeits. You realize you’ve settled for happiness bought, or validity gained, from lesser objects or people or prestige. How though, will the grip of those pleasurable substitutes ever be shattered? There is only one way. And it’s as Thomas Chalmers said:
We must come to see the Lord as even more beautiful.
More beautiful than all the beautiful objects gripping our soul. More beautiful than all the lesser breads. As we do, they begin to taste as rottenness in our mouth. As we do, we realize we’ve been content with a plastic cup when the crystal goblet was ours.
Ask God to show you when you turn away from the true Bread of Life, hoping to satiate your yearning with temporarily satisfying, yet lesser, nourishment. Ask Him to give you a heart that despises the falseness of the substitutes you’ve daily fed on. Only then do those beautiful objects lose their hold on your soul. Only then do you hunger for the love you are meant to know. Vast, unmeasured love. Love boundless and free. Love flowing, flooding, inundating your inmost heart (Rom. 5:5).
You then yearn for Jesus Himself. You waken to the realization that you desire His unequalled, matchless Presence. You long for Him and Him alone.
He breaks the hold. No object or person or prestige you’ve turned to in place of Him compares.
For He is even more beautiful.