The key to true satisfaction
“I just feel like I’m never satisfied.”
Have you ever found yourself saying those words? Me too. Maybe I don’t say them out loud, but my actions speak for themselves.
I eat dinner, I want dessert.
I buy new clothes, I envy what I see on social media.
I reach a savings goal, I want more.
I enjoy a great time with friends, I start planning the next hang out.
Notice the pattern? Food, clothes, money and relationships will never be able to fulfill the longing in our souls. We will always want more. How many times have we found ourselves saying “When ______ happens, then life will get better” When I get that job.. When I’m in a relationship.. When I get married.. When I have kids.. All of these are natural desires to have, but they will never bring peace and satisfaction deep down inside of our souls. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live my life waiting for the weekend. Waiting for my next vacation. Waiting for a day that isn’t even promised to me. But to be honest, most days I feel like I fail. Most days I find myself thinking “I’m just never satisfied."
The reason we're never satisfied:
We’re never satisfied because deep down inside every one of us is a longing for more, and we often try to fulfill this longing in things that make us keep coming back for more.
Have you ever wondered why we can eat an entire bag of chips and still not feel full? It always starts like this.. “I’m only going to have a few” but then I reach for another, and another.. then before I know it, I've eaten every last crumb and yet I still find myself unsatisfied and wanting more! In order to feel satisfied and full from a meal, we need to give our body the right amount of nutrients.
The same is true with our lives. We live with this longing and desire for something more. Something deeper. And instead of running to Jesus, we run to anything and everything we can get our hands on. We try to fill this longing with food, people, staying busy, Netflix and the list could go on. Although we live on earth in our human bodies, our hearts were created for another kingdom, so these things will never be able to truly satisfy us. That’s why we eat entire bags of chips and can binge on netflix for hours. It’s why we’re always on to the next new thing and struggle with consistency. It almost always comes down to not being satisfied.
The key to true satisfaction:
True satisfaction is found in the presence of God. And church is not the only place we can experience His presence. We were created for intimacy with our Creator but so often we settle for a casual relationship and wonder why we’re spiritually dry and empty. The life we were created for is one of abundance, joy, satisfaction and peace, and it’s found through a daily and intimate walk with our good and perfect Father. When we feel tired, empty and burnt out, His word promises that He will fill us with good things. His love satisfies every longing we have and ever will have.
For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” | Psalm 107:9