I can’t get no…
“Sat-is-fac-tion” (def.), the fulfillment or gratification of a desire, need, or appetite
Every moment of our lives is expended in seeking satisfaction. We have delicious food that costs pennies waiting on shelves just to be eaten by us. We have medication stockpiled to relieve us of every discomfort, even possibly bringing us moments of levity. We have multi-billion dollar industries devoted simply to amusing us. We have sex waiting every moment at our fingertips on the Internet and in the streets, bars, clubs and homes of the world. We burn through sexual partners, therapists, fast food, prescription drugs, movies and material possessions like a flame-thrower through tissue paper, seeking to discover just one bare moment of satisfaction.
A full stomach, professional success, laughter, sex, these are all momentary. Chasing satisfaction is like chasing the wind. You can feel it briefly rush past you, but it can never be yours, you can never keep it. You can see it, you pursue it and the moment you put your hands on it, it is gone, a perfect mirage. This is the nature of our life, and our own experience testifies to it. So all of this life is spent in chasing the wind, in seeking satisfaction.
If you could imagine someone discovering the secrets of food or drink or love or health that satisfy perfectly and forever, and yet there could be an infinite supply of it so that you could continue enjoying it forever, then you are just barely beginning to scratch the surface of what it is like to know God in Jesus Christ. Delicious food, great sex, good health, best friends, even if we have all of these things and do not know Christ, we are infinitely narrow in our search for satisfaction. All of these things are just pictures of what it is to find satisfaction in God.
The search for satisfaction is the search for “heaven on earth.” But heaven is not on earth. Everything on earth points to the God of heaven. We are made in God’s image, we are God’s mirrors and unless we are reflecting who He is at all times, we won’t be satisfied by anything in life. “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Psalm 90:14)
Food points to God. “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8) “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.'” (John 6:35)
Romance, marriage and sex are pictures of God. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her… And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.” (Hosea 2:14, 19-20)
Just as there is physical water, there is also spiritual water. “Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'” (John 4:13-14) Hunger and thirst after God, desire His love and His ways above everything else. We are created to do everything we do for God, according to the will of God written down in the Bible.
Heaven is not static, it’s not boring; it is dynamic, it is always changing because God is infinitely, perfectly satisfying. We cannot in a million lifetimes begin to fully know Him, to come to the end of our satisfaction in His beauty, wisdom, love and power. And this beauty, wisdom, love and power is nowhere in history more fully displayed than in the life, teaching, death
and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We were created to be satisfied in nothing less than God Himself, which is why sex, drugs, food and entertainment cannot satisfy us. That’s not what they’re for.
Hear the call of God to you this moment and stop seeking satisfaction in anything or anyone but the One for whom you were created:
Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
hear me, that your soul may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander of the peoples…
Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the LORD’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
which will not be destroyed.” (Isaiah 55)