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“We guarantee complete satisfaction”
I always thought I knew what brought satisfaction in life. More money and resources to accomplish a dream. Like-minded people on my team. A near-perfect marriage and kids.
And a career I enjoyed on any day. Also, for the good parts of life to outweigh the bad—really tip the scale.
Satisfaction 100% Guaranteed?
Here’s the truth. I was wrong on every account. When a wish came true, I only moved on to the next one.
But nothing stayed around for long. None of the ways I tried to conquer my felt-based needs brought long-lasting satisfaction. No so-called guarantees kept up their end of the bargain.
Still, what ushers in a well-spring of satisfaction deep in my soul? What in the world feeds the human soul’s hunger and quenches our spirit’s thirst?
I discovered nothing in the world satisfies long-term. Oh, the god of this world, Satan, promises to satisfy us with many enticing offers. So, let’s look at…
4 False Hopes of Satisfaction
1) Possessions. I wish I had that. If only it was mine. Have you ever imaged possessing fabulous things? Perhaps you’re nodding. Me too. Maybe we imagine beautiful homes with regal furnishings, fancy cars and clothes.
Because ads and commercials provide endless possibilities. The lure often seizes my heart and mind.
Sure, it’s fine to have nice things. But they don’t fill my soul. Funeral directors confirm, “You will never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul.”
We can’t take any “thing” in this world with us to the next world. Our home, garage, basement, and storage units may be full and running over. Yet…
Obsession with possessions always leaves us empty.
I’ve found the one true possession of the heart, bringing satisfaction in this world and lasting into eternity.
2) Money. We labor and ponder ways to make big bucks. Needing more and more, we almost taste it. But sooner or later, the wealthy attest to a thought ringing true, “Money can’t buy happiness.”
Plenty of rich people live a downright miserable and sad life. Even admitting the feeling of nothing to live for.
Money guarantees a purchase of things and sometimes people. But it never guarantees satisfaction.
Products offer a money-back guarantee in writing if you’re not completely satisfied. Yet, money itself makes another promise, “I never have your back.”
Instead, an offer in writing promises it’s both free and satisfies for a lifetime.
“But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life” John 4:14 AMP.
3) Pleasure. Anything indulging the flesh and making us feel good. Sex, pornography, food, drugs, alcohol, spending, and others.
While God created sex as good and pleasurable within bonds of marriage, it’s one of the most abused pleasures in our world.
Pleasures of the flesh numb the pain from the countless times the world lets us down. And the numbing-effect eventually disappears. Then the pain returns.
These flesh-pleasures always remain unsatisfied and unquenched. It’s a vicious cycle keeping us trapped as victims on the world’s hamster wheel. But…
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” Psalm 16:11 ESV.
4) Family Ties. One spouse, one pet, two kids, and a quaint house with a white picket fence. Fairy tales presented in books along life’s way.
Yet, few families turn out exactly how most of us planned. We picked up our parent’s baggage. Or, we married a wonderful soul-mate, but remain unable to have children. Or, we lost a child.
Our family may seem like the perfect storybook family from the outside looking in. But our reality is the inside looking out.
Maybe a painful, lonely, or embarrassing reality belongs to some of us. Destruction lives there.
And the picket fence is the only thing left standing. Yet…
“Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian” Ephesians 2:19 TLB.
Jesus. The only satisfaction 100% guaranteed.
How is God encouraging you today?