We could travel to the ends of the earth, see every culture, learn every language, taste every delicacy, try every hobby and meet thousands of people, but it would never be enough. We could rise to the top of our careers, find fame and fortune, make a beautiful family and still, it would never be enough. Life is more than experience, more than finding fun things to do and people to build memories with; it is all of this, but it is also much more, and the more can only be found in God.
The more I live, the more I experience; and the more I experience, the more I realise that it is never enough. King Solomon, with all his wealth and wisdom writes a whole book on this – Ecclesiastes. Wealth, food, pleasures of all sorts, even wisdom he counted as meaningless when compared to eternity.
[Ecclesiastes 12:8] – “”Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.””
I love to try new things, see new things, create and enjoy the beauty of the world we live in. Yet, at the same time, even with all the fun and friends and family that give so much joy, nothing can eclipse the overwhelming desire in my heart for more, and it is not a desire that can be fulfilled by the things on this earth.
We all have this desire for something more, though sometimes we try to ignore it. There is only one thing that can satisfy, only one thing that can keep us constantly in wonder – that is, relationship with God. He is the only One whose eternal nature can keep surprising and amazing us. He is the life-giver, the joy-bringer, and the most beautiful One to behold.
Relationship with God is not simply praying more, or reading the Bible more, though these things help. Relationship is knowing. When we know God, prayer is a conversation not a list. When we know God, reading His word is a revelation, not a chore. When we know God, we are fully satisfied, and that desire for more transforms from a wandering discontentment into an excited thirst to discover more of Him.
It will never be enough to simply live through the milestones of the human life. We need Jesus, the Christ, our God and only One whose love and life can fully satisfy.
“ One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I might dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.”
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Christian Today Article (Jan 2018) A Grace-full Mistake:
Illustrated Psalms (Psalm 141:1):