I CAN'T GET NO SATISFACTION (Part 1)
Remember how as a child you would want to eat some junk food -- candy, cookies, ice cream -- and your mom would tell you that you couldn't have it because "that will spoil your dinner"? Well, mom was right. No matter how nutritious, delicious, and well-balanced her carefully prepared dinner might be, if you had already eaten some junk food before the real meal, you just would not be very hungry at dinnertime. You would have already "spoiled" your dinner.
And what becomes of the child who continuously eats junk food instead of real food? That child will become overweight, undernourished, and unhealthy. Their dietary needs will be unmet and unfulfilled. That child may not be hungry, but he or she will never truly be satisfied either. Something important will be missing from their body because of their choice of food.
Well, "junk food" comes in many forms, and many adults are still substituting the junk for the real thing. How many of us have spent countless hours trying to feed a need that is inside of us -- a feeling of "if only I had or did A, B, or C, then I would be happy, successful, _____________." (You fill in the blank) And then we fill our lives with pursuits and interests and neglect the management of our souls. Instead of waiting on and being sustained by the good bread, the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, we endlessly look to people, places, toys, hobbies, addictions, or activities to give us happiness and meaning. And, sure, these things satisfy for a time, but the happiness or fun never lasts for long. Then before you know it, you are "hungry" again and off to the next person or next pursuit, still trying to fill that inner need.
If that describes you, I must tell you that the junk of this world will never quench your thirst. You can make a million dollars, buy a 4,000 square foot home, travel around the world, drive the newest sportscar, or date a different woman or man every week. But if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, none of those things will be able to give you true contentment or satisfaction for very long.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 tells us, "He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity." And in John 4:13 we read, "Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water [meaning anything that this world has to offer] shall thirst again."
God's Word is telling you that if you are looking to worldly things to satisfy you or fill you, you will never find the peace or joy or happiness that you are looking for. You will be on an endless journey, always searching.
In my eyes, some of the saddest and most pathetic people of this world are people who think they are so "together" that they don't need Jesus. They are so fat with their own success that they don't even realize that their soul is dying. They hide their emptiness by buying more and doing more, yet reject the One who died so that they could have life more abundantly (John 10:10).
Friend, if you are trusting in wealth to make you happy, I want to let you know that it never will. If you are longing for husband, wife, or family to make you complete, you will always be disappointed. If you thirst after worldly knowledge to give you fulfillment, there will always be a void.
Matthew 5:6 gives us the only source for true fulfillment. It reads, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." And, reader, the only way sinful man can be accounted any measure of righteousness is by being washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. If you are not hungering and thirsting for Jesus, all of your efforts will be in vain.
Jesus said in John 6:35, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." And in Matthew 16:25 Jesus tells us, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."
Stop trying to satisfy that need within by your own endeavors. Drink of the Living water, that you may never thirst again. Psalm 107:9, "For he (Jesus Christ) satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness." Your mom told you not to spoil your dinner with junk, and God, my Father in heaven, is telling you not to waste your time temporarily filling your hungry soul with the junk of this world.
Proverbs 13:25, "The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want."