As humans we are always looking to be satisfied. Whether it’s satisfying a food craving, the want for the new iPhone or even a relationship, we often go to great heights to satisfy a specific need and want. However it seems to be that when we satisfy one need or want, a new one appears fairly soon after.
Recently God’s been teaching me about where I try to find my satisfaction. Sometimes I feel this hole of emptiness inside me, a feeling of wanting more of something. I try to fill this hole by scrolling through Instagram, messaging my friends, looking on Pinterest at all these peng holiday pics, thinking and hoping that seeing these images will fill the hole I was feeling. Writing that out sounds so silly, but if I’m really honest, it’s as though I was trying to either fill or distract the empty feeling I had by looking online at other people who’s lifestyle seemed to promise fulfilment and satisfaction.
This search to be satisfied also lead me into looking at relationships for fulfilment. Relationships seem to promise so much to us; you have someone who looks out for you, thinks that you’re pretty and wants to spend all their time with you. I’ve noticed that the world feeds us this idea that having a boyfriend is what will complete and fully satisfy us. Watch one episode of Love Island (don’t!) or search ‘relationship goals’ into Pinterest and you are instantly fed the idea that a relationship is what we all need to complete, and in my case, satisfy us.
The beginning of John 4 (highly recommend you read) tells of Jesus meeting the Samaritan women at the well and He offers her living water. Jesus says to her ‘anyone who drinks this water (talking about actual water drawn from the well) will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.’ Jesus is saying that we will never be satisfied by drinking things of this world (money, relationships, popularity) BUT when we come to Him, only then will we be fully satisfied. When we turn our eyes to Him our craving will be FULLY satisfied.
In all this, what I’m trying to get across is that God, who created us and our desire to be satisfied by something is the only one who will satisfy our deepest longings and emptiness. Why would we look to things in this world that are so temporary to fill the void, when we can look to the creator of the whole earth with whom we spend eternity with? He alone will satisfy us with His living water.
‘If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world’ -C.S Lewis