It seems like we are always wanting more, always searching for the most life can offer us. Whether it be having a lot of money, being super successful and famous, or becoming a professional athlete, we are accustomed to always desiring more. Why do we want these things though? If we actually got everything we desired out of life, and we achieved every goal or status we ever dreamed of, do we think that it will make us happier? Would we finally be satisfied?
Imagine a life where you have everything you have ever dreamed of. All of your goals have been fulfilled; you are the most successful person in your craft, you have more money than you know what to do with, a beautiful spouse and tons of friends…what now though? Is your search finally over? You’ve got to this point and it’s awesome, but what if you had more? What if you dreamed bigger? What’s around the next corner? If you just worked harder, searched farther, that next goal, that next achievement might be even sweeter.
Time after time you see this played out, call it greed, call it pride or envy, but there are countless examples of highly successful and wealthy people that are never satisfied even after they have achieved everything their heart has desired.
It’s our human nature to never be happy with what we have; we can never be satisfied with the things of this world. We were created with a missing piece in our lives, and we try to fill this void with things like money or success, but these things never actually complete us and ultimately leave us dissatisfied.
The good news is that God created us for Him, and that missing piece in our lives can only be filled by the love of our Heavenly Father. In our success or failure, our wealth or poverty, God is the only thing that our searching heart is looking for. Wanting to be successful and working hard isn’t a bad thing, but all of our joy and hope can’t be placed on worldly achievements. Our earthly lives are temporary, and our achievements and wealth can be stripped away at an instant, but the love of God lasts forever. When we stop looking for selfish pleasures and momentary satisfaction to please us, and desire the love of Jesus more than anything else in the world, we realize that the search is over because we have found true life in the everlasting God.
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4
God, help me to not seek anything else more than you. I know that it is only your love that my heart desires. Give me today, Lord, a hunger and thirst for a closer relationship with you. Thank you for your never-ending love, In Jesus’ name Amen!