Only God Can Satisfy Our Deepest Desires
In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapter 55, verse 2, God asks this question, "Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?" All of us have basic needs for love, significance, and security. We scurry around like a bunch of lemmings day after day, going and doing, but ending up where we started--unsatisfied.
The old song, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" describes a mindset of being doomed to searching but not finding. God created us with an emptiness in our lives that only He can fill. Those who know God testify of His all-sufficiency.
In Isaiah, chapter 55, verse 1, God gives the invitation, "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." The commodity is deep satisfaction; the currency is desire. We all qualify with desire, but we are not convinced that what God offers will really work for us.
God continues His invitation in the last part of verse 2 of Isaiah, chapter 55, "Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance."
The Promised Land, Canaan, was God's gift to His people Israel. God's description was that it was a land "flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 3:17). It was a land of abundance. When the twelve spies went into Canaan (Numbers 13), they found it to be a land of abundance and brought back one cluster of grapes so big it had to be carried on the shoulders of two men (Numbers 13:23).
God's offer is abundance. For His people in Old Testament times, it was material abundance accompanied by His presence. For us in these days, it is abundant life in Jesus Christ (John 10:10), a life so full of meaning that material possessions hardly matter.
In the gospel of John, chapter 4, Jesus meets a woman at Jacob's well. This woman was struggling in her life to find satisfaction. She had had five husbands and was currently living with a sixth man (John 4:18). What she was doing was not working for her. Jesus talked to her of "living water" (John 4:10). Of the living water that He would give, Jesus says, in verse 14, "whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." Jesus was offering complete satisfaction in salvation.
Will it really work? Can God satisfy our deepest longings? Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 11, verse 28, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." We qualify for that: "labor, heavy laden." That is the human condition. Jesus continues in verse 29, "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Sounds like trading one yoke for another. Where is the rest? There is rest when we align ourselves with our Creator. It is like a company with impeccable service; they know what they are doing.
The Christian life may not look like much when you are outside looking in. Plus, everybody knows someone who claims to be a Christian but acts more like the devil. Consider that the exterior of the Old Testament Tabernacle was covered with animal skins, but the inside was covered with pure gold. The beauty and majesty was on the inside. Only a Christian can experience the fullness and richness of God.
God made us with desire for love, significance, and security. Do you know anybody who has found those things outside of Christ? The Hollywood crowd has not. The rich and famous have not. Some of our biggest icons cannot even keep a marriage together.
The invitation of God is wide open, "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters." Our deep soul thirst will only be satisfied by God.
Dan Puckett—Life Action Ministries Copyright © 2006. Used by permission