Do you want to know one of the main reasons as to why I love the Bible so much? Because, among countless other things, it reveals to me that I will never be satisfied in life without Jesus. In all circumstances of my life, I may be happy, or content, but it’s never lasting. I will always keep moving forward to re-attain that happiness or contentment when it fades. I think C. S. Lewis put it best when he writes in Mere Christianity,
“The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
What Lewis is saying here is that all Christians have a desire for “something more” or “something else.” No matter how hard we may try to satisfy or sedate this desire, it will always reappear in our souls. Naturally, we can easily turn to material gain or wealth for this. But at the end of that pursuit we will be left with the same words that famous quarterback Tom Brady said after winning his third Super Bowl ring, “there’s gotta be something more than this.” Or if you want to take a biblical example, hear the words of the richest man to ever exist, Solomon, when he literally attained everything he ever desired,
“So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun” (Ecc. 2:9-11).
So if wealth and pleasures cannot satisfy that desire of mine, what can? I think many Christians, especially those who have grown up in the church, will then swing the pendulum the other way. “If wealth won’t satisfy me, perhaps poverty.” Well, maybe that isn’t our exact words, but the mentality is there. Jesus says to someone in the Gospels to give away everything and sell it to the poor. So maybe I need to become lowly and poor in order to achieve that satisfaction to my desire? If it’s harder for a rich man to enter Heaven than a camel to go through the needle’s eye, maybe I need to become poor?
But, the Bible also speaks to this as well! If we see Job, the man who lost quite literally everything to his name, we see he was not satisfied. Job’s response to his losses was not, “wow, I feel so holy now. It is just me and God, no material distractions.” Far from it! We read,
“After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. And Job said: “Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’ Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it” (Job 3:1-4).
It seems pretty clear to me that Job did not find any satisfaction in his current state of poverty and loss. That itching desire to be ultimately satisfied was not scratched. I believe the Bible is telling us again, that we will never reach complete satisfaction on this side of eternity. Rather, only in heaven will it reach completeness. From Solomon to Job, we see no certain way brings about peace and satisfaction. We need Jesus to fulfill that. So what are we to do?
Going back to that C.S. Lewis quote, I think the first thing we need to do is understand that, “I was made for another world.” If we come to grips with that reality, then we will stop filling our days with endless searches for the remedies to our desires. Instead, we will be open to work out our faith in Christ with a better understanding. We will develop such a love for Jesus, because we know that He alone is the answer to our desire. Our souls, our very essence, will be at peace when we unite with Him. So, in the here and now, use what Jesus has given you (Solomon), or maybe what He has taken from you (Job) to glorify His name. Our worth, and satisfaction should not come from our lives here on this earth, but by what Christ accomplished on our behalf at Calvary.
Without Jesus, I will never be satisfied. My desire will never be fulfilled. I will live my life and die without fulfillment. That is why I need Jesus! To amend the words of those cheesy love songs, “You [Jesus] complete me.” My desire, the one that cannot be satisfied on earth, will be when I begin to walk in according with Him, when I pray to Him, and when I one day see Him face to face.