I mourn for people who are hoping to be fulfilled and satisfied in the course of their short life here on earth.
I reflected today that in just 28 years I will be 70 years of age. I am 42 now and the years just seem to keep finishing faster every year!
Maybe you are still a teenager or a young twenty-something. Time seems to move slowly enough for you right now, and the world seems to promise so much. I am telling you, its going to change sooner than you know.
I think for a lot of people we look forward to turning say 22 and think that would be a good place to stop. I’m sorry to tell you, it doesn’t stop. Time just keeps marching on. You can be in denial like the 50 year old man who said that he was 22 with 28 years of experience, but I think the reality is that we are having ourselves on if we think that we can somehow hold onto youth. Everyone loses their youth eventually. Even many Hollywood starlets of a decade ago have noticeably aged despite the best cosmetic surgery and beauty products available to mankind. A lot of them really look terrible without make-up nowadays. Yes, beauty is fleeting, youth is fleeting, and life is fleeting. Even riches are fleeting.
You might think that you can be satisfied if you just get enough stuff, go to enough good parties, make enough good friends, and so on and so forth, you will have hit the mark and you will be deeply satisfied.
I don’t believe any of those things will ultimately satisfy.
Neither will any sexual relationship provide the total fulfilment your soul craves.
If hot sex with a beautiful body could satisfy the soul of man in the long term, why are so many celebrities notoriously unfaithful to their partners and seem to be so miserable? Men who have been promiscuous – and I have known a few, told me that they lacked peace after their various sexual conquests and were restless within. They often felt bad about themselves afterwards and looked for another conquest just to numb the pain.
And women, are your romantic dreams realistic in a world full of aging selfish males? Even if you are let us say fortunate enough to find a really caring man, the sad thing is that one day he will die, and its even possible that the one who seems to love you so much now will one day turn his back on you. I guess the world is full of broken relationships and disappointed people everywhere. Do you really have a solid hope for the future?
Will seeing the world satisfy your soul? Its true, there is a lot to see in this world, but I can tell you, having been to more places than most, that after a while even travel can seem rather wearisome.
Will fulfilling some career objective make you complete? It doesn’t matter what you do, in the end, someone will outdo you, and its very likely that you will be pretty much forgotten by future generations.
Hobbies can be fun, but in the end everything seems to get progressively more empty.
The truth is, none of these things were designed by God to ultimately satisfy us. And that is why in the end, they don’t.
Many people search for fulfilment in religion, but religion can make you miserable. The harder you try to keep the rules, the more you become conscious of your failure.
Please allow me to suggest that the fulness of life can only be found in connecting with Someone who is eternal, and who really does love you. You probably do have massive misconceptions about Jesus and who He is – that is not surprising – even Christians only know Him imperfectly and often misunderstand His heart. But He really is the one who has eternal value.
God has placed eternity in your heart. This is why this life never can give you what you are looking for. The Rolling Stones sang, “I can’t get no satisfaction”, whilst the Irish pop band, U2 sang, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Its a universal experience of those who don’t truly know Christ as God wants them to.
Don’t be deceived by this world. You know in your deep heart that following after the things of this world is a losing proposition. Why not get serious with God? Jesus shows us who God is, and Jesus is the same today. Get to know Him. Call upon Him, and He will reveal Himself to you.