“Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.” – Proverbs 27:20 NLT
It was the Rolling Stones who made famous the statement, “I can’t get no satisfaction,” but the message of those lyrics is timeless, even older than Mick Jagger himself. From the days of Adam and Eve, mankind has wrestled with an insatiable desire for more. It seems we have never satisfied. The garden, as good as God deemed it to be, just wasn’t good enough for them. They had to have more. They had to get their hands on the ONE thing God told them they couldn’t have. And the enemy turned that one prohibition into dissatisfaction and, ultimately into rebellion against God. God had given them all that they needed, but they determined it wasn’t enough. They needed more.
The Message has a unique way of paraphrasing Scripture that makes it hit home. It says, “Hell has a voracious appetite, and lust just never quits.” Hell is a bottomless pit whose quota never gets reached and whose occupancy sign is always shining brightly. There’s always room for one more there. And our desire for more is just as insatiable and unquenchable. The world calls out to us like the old Lay’s Potato chip commercial, “Bet you can’t eat just one.” It holds out its bag of delicious delicacies, tempting us with just a nibble, but knowing that once our taste buds kick into gear we won’t be able to say no. One won’t be enough. You’ll have to have more. You won’t be able to resist. Before you know it, the bag lays empty at your feet and your stomach aches with the uncomfortable fullness of having over-indulged once again.
There is a certain sense in which the degree of our satisfaction is directly linked to the level of our sanctification. The more we grow in God, the more satisfied we become in Him. The more holy we become, the more wholly we find out needs met in Him. We find ourselves needing less and less of what the world has to offer to meet our needs and satiate our desire for more. We grow increasingly more content with Him. Paul tells us from firsthand experience that “true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth” (1 Timothy 6:6 NLT). Godliness and contentment go hand in hand. They are two sides of the same coin. You can’t be truly godly and lack contentment. You can’t ever be content without a vibrant, growing relationship with God. It is our dissatisfaction with God that drives our search for satisfaction in the things of this world. But if we try and fill the God-shaped vacuum in our lives with anything other than God, we will find ourselves constantly disappointed and desiring even more.
If you find yourself unable to “get no satisfaction,” it may be time for you to examine what source you’re seeking your satisfaction from. God never disappoints. He never fails to satisfy. He is fully capable of meeting all our needs and satisfying all our desires. He fills AND fulfills us. He scratches our itch. He quenches our thirst. He satisfies our longings and eliminates our insatiable addiction for more. Human desire without divine intervention is unquenchable and uncontrollable. It is a demanding task master that’s never satisfied until we find our satisfaction in Christ.
Father, forgive me for the many times I have turned to this world in an attempt to satisfy my desires. I have taken my eyes off of You and looked elsewhere for those things that only You can provide. Keep me focused on You. Keep me resting in You. Let me find my satisfaction in You. Amen.
Grow Pastor & Minister to Men