Saturday, July 05, 2008

Looking for satisfaction?

The things of this world just don’t quite do it for me anymore. I spent much of my life seeking satisfaction from the things that this world has to offer, but only found disappointment, emptiness, and sometimes even pain. Here's a basic illustration. Have you ever thought that getting that new HDTV, new car or new home was going to satisfy? You may find it for a moment, but that moment soon passes and you are right back where you started – discontent, bored, and empty.

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 2:10-11
Too many of us have taken a wrong turn in our pursuit of happiness and satisfaction. We have tried to find it in stuff, riches, hard work, pleasures, food, popularity, or even new relationships. But when those are achieved, we find the satisfaction quickly fades and ultimately completely disappears. This is because there is only one who truly satisfies - God. The pursuit of God is therefore the pursuit of happiness and the only path to satisfaction.

For He (God) has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. Psalm 107:9

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