Every human ––woman, man, child, adult, Christian, non–Christian, atheist and believer––no matter what your gender, race, nationality or religion has a deep yearning desire to be satisfied with something. Our society has the most electronic gadgets that the world has ever seen and yet the yearning desire to be satisfied is not quenched. Social media has made the world a smaller place and made it easier to connect to others across the oceans and yet people are still lonely. Instant gratification at any cost has become commonplace and yet the dissatisfaction does not disappear. Some people are so dissatisfied with their lives that they choose to end it. Those whom you would think have everything one can ask for on the outside, are longing for more satisfaction that they cannot find anywhere in this world. Jim Elliott writes, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Why do people have such a profound dissatisfaction with their lives when we are the most affluent people on the civilized planet? This is not some kind of philosophical question, but a real down to earth question that impacts every person in this world.
The world promises pleasure and comfort, but can’t deliver it. We may find pleasure and comfort for a short while, but it is soon swept away like a car in a tornado. The stark reality settles back in as the promise, which once was auspicious, turns to miry clay.
The human heart has a spiritual hole in it that is like a vacuum. It keeps sucking up things that it thinks can satisfy and plug the hole, but nothing succeeds. The writer of Proverbs says, “Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes” (Proverbs 27:20). The only thing that can truly satisfy and plug the hole in our hearts is God through Jesus Christ. That hole was placed there by God so that we can have a place for him in our hearts. The missing piece to the puzzle that can make us whole and truly satisfied is God. I heard a pastor once say, “God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in him.” That is so true.
When David was being pursued by his enemies, he cried out to the Lord to save him from their hands of bloodshed. He found comfort in knowing that God is going to vindicate him and save him. His satisfaction came from seeking God (Psalm 17: 15). His hope was not built on the miry clay of the promises that don’t deliver, but on the solid rock of God’s promises. Where is your hope put in? Are you seeking satisfaction from all the wrong places?
Jesus said to the crowds who were following him, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Resting in God’s promises brings in true satisfaction. We are all refugees and pilgrims in this world. We came with nothing and we will take nothing with us. We never see a U-Haul truck accompanying a hearse. Our real home is in heaven where God has prepared a place for us. Let us set our hearts toward a better country, that is a heavenly one (Hebrews 11:16).