The Bible tells us that nothing satisfies us except the Lord.
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1-2
Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes not to “Chase after the wind.” He calls everything “Vanity” since most of our motivations are selfish and self-centered and only result in us trying to puff ourselves up. In other places, the Bible tells us not to chase after “Idols” (idolatry). The end result is always the same, they will be shown to be worthless:
Isaiah 41:21-24 (NIV):
““Present your case,” says the Lord. “Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.
“Tell us, you idols, what is going to happen.
Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome.
Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods.
Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.
But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; whoever chooses you is detestable.”
Ephesians 5:18 (NIV): “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”
Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (that’s from memory, so I don’t remember which exact version it is!)
The New Testament version of this (in my opinion) is Matthew 6:33 (again, from memory): “Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you as well.”
Just last night we had a discussion in our small group about what the benefits are of seeking God with your whole heart. We had various reasons, I really like the reason I came across this year in one of my classes at Hope Chapel Ministries Institute (HCMI): “We love God, so we seek to know more about Him. The more we learn about Him, the more we love Him. We love Him for who He is, not for what He has done for us, though we are thankful for the things He has done, especially for our salvation.”
It’s like getting to know the coolest person ever (Jesus). Imagine, if you can, meeting the PERFECT person! You would want to be around them all the time wouldn’t you? That’s what makes us Jesus Freaks! It’s not that we’re weird or anything like that, we’ve just met God – who came in the flesh to earth. And we want to be with Him all the time. The desire is so strong, that nothing else on earth can compare with the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ. Nothing.
So, in the news lately, there have been several high profile suicides, overdoses and so on. There was a guy who was a star on a current TV hit show (Cory Monteith, drug overdose, aged 31). Then, there was another gal who was a reality TV star I think (Gia Allemande, suicide probable, aged 29). Today we hear that a gal who was on another TV show (That 70’s Show) died after seeking drug treatment this week (Lisa Robin Kelly, cause of death not known yet, age 43). It sure looks like fame and prestige are empty. I think we can also say that wealth and riches get you nothing but heartache.
Although it may be true that some wealthy people are relatively happy, I’ve told my wife, and prayed to the Lord not to make me “Wealthy.” I don’t want to be a slave to money. I understand that is a relative statement of course. Compared to most people in the world, anyone who has a bank account with money in it is “Wealthy.” It automatically makes us above somewhere near 80% of the world since most folks don’t have bank accounts with money. It’s a sad fact of living in these United States. We have so much, and we tend to take it all for granted. We think the “Glamorous life” is our right, and that we deserve to live however we please, because our parent’s generation worked for it so hard!
In light of all the Bible’s warnings as I’ve outlined above, I think we should really pause and think about that. In the first place, life owes us nothing. In fact, if we’d been born during present times, we would have had a 1/4 chance of being aborted in this Country, and as high as 3/4 possibility of being aborted if we lived in some Countries in Europe. The “Post modern” Civilization in Europe is not in decline, it’s being murdered through a hideous holocaust called abortion. People have lost hope, and sanity in my opinion. The enemy of our souls is working overtime to KILL as many as he can.
The bottom line is that this world is a very evil and deceitful place. It is filled with temptation and heartache. Those who go around seeking only pleasure will be filled with fear and loathing when what they thought worked for them winds up being empty and not satisfying them. Any drug, any so-called “Pleasure” will only satisfy for a time. Sin will take you further than you want to go, and keep you there longer than you want to be there. That’s a good saying our old Pastor at Living Tower used to say. One day you wake up and find that only Jesus has the answer.
Why is He so much superior to any of these other things? Because we were created by Him to have relationship with Him! We are designed that way! Our nature was (at one time) that we were “Created in God’s image.” This image business means that we have some capacity to know Him, love Him, have relationship with Him, and so on. Without Him, we are always searching for what else can satisfy us. It wasn’t until I came to know Jesus (at the age of 35) that I realized I had been searching all those years too. I didn’t even know what I was looking for, but when I found it, when I found Him (He found me!) I knew I had found – the answer.
And that’s why I am a Jesus Freak today. Nothing else can satisfy my soul, especially not the glamorous life.