Some day I’m going to figure out why we go looking for things to satisfy the longings of our heart. We have devoted our lives to serving God, the One who created us, loved us, and died for us. He has been there for us our entire lives. Yet the moment something doesn’t go our way, we react like spoiled children and immediately begin seeking comfort and enjoyment in the things of this world. We consume our time with endeavors that bring at best a fleeting distraction that brings no long term joy or fulfillment. Meanwhile our King waits patiently on the sidelines.
It’s obvious that we do not fully grasp the weight of what it means to be a child of God. We are heirs to the glory of His majesty. By virtue of the cross, we are brothers and sisters of Christ. How many long for an audience with God, yet we have access to Him any moment we choose! If you believe and follow Jesus, this is a reality, not some child’s fairy tale. You have been washed by the blood of Christ and welcomed into the Kingdom of God as joint heirs with Jesus (Romans 8:16-17). We have unlimited access to God and all of his immeasurable power and resources. When was the last time you paused and fully understood this?
Still we trade all of this for moments of pleasure that pale in comparison to the eternal glory of God. We exchange incalculable wealth for worthless trinkets that will rust and decay while Satan laughs all along the way. How pathetic we are when viewed from the spiritual realm. We squabble over who should receive the promotion or recognition, but Jesus said that the first will be last (Matthew 19:30; Matthew 20:16). We pile up wealth on earth but it will be taken from us in the blink of an eye (James 5:1-3). Despite working our entire lives to do good things in the eyes of men, we will be rejected by the King when we are judged and measured (Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 25:31-46).
There is no peace to be found outside of Jesus Christ. Wars and tribulations will rage around you your entire life. Only Christ can calm the waves of the storm. Only He can carry you to the shore. Nothing this world has to offer will ever bring anything more than a moment of relief. The liberation found in Jesus is eternal. His ways are easy; His burden is light (Matthew 11:29-30). Why do we waste our days chasing after that which will never satisfy? We have all we need in Jesus. He gave His life so that we might live. No matter how hard you work, there is no life outside of Christ. Rest is found in Him alone. Peace is discovered only in His arms. Love is manifested in His presence. Nothing in this world will last, and nothing will truly satisfy. There is only one cure for the ache in your soul. His name is Jesus, and He is everything you need.