Are there times in your life when you simply feel that nothing is right?
There are days when everything which we attempt to grasp seems to crumble like so much dust. It’s like trying to hold fog in your hand, or like trying to pick up sand with a fork. No matter what we reach for, it seems to turn worthless and crumble.
Sometimes this is because things go wrong, one after the other, until we cry out “How much more can I take?!”.
Sometimes it’s because the things which normally give us joy seem tasteless, bland, and unsatisfying.
Sometimes it is simply because we feel as though we are far from home; alone in an uninviting place. And I can tell you why:
The reason we feel this way is because this world we live in is fallen – broken and far from what it was meant to be. It is because our souls were created with unbelievably huge desires. We’re not talking satisfaction-via-trinkets-and-tinkertoys here – our hearts can be likened to ravenous, bottomless pits into which less satisfying things fall flat and dull. It’s because this place is not our home.
Have you ever heard the phrase: “There’s a God-shaped hole inside of us.”? It is a trite way of saying that God has created us in such a way that we can only be completed and filled and satisfied by Him. For the sake of illustration, let’s think about that same saying: if there is a God-shaped gap in our souls, then ONLY God is big enough to fill it! God is infinite, He is unending, the weight of His glory is far, FAR more than the weight of the entire universe put together. THAT is the void in us.
There is an infinite pit in us; a bottomless void, and we scramble so much to try and fill it up with pebbles. The love of a husband or wife? Toss a pebble in the Grand Canyon. The comfort of family? Chuck a piece of gravel to follow the pebble. Movies, television, good music, good food? Pick up a little dust from under the gravel, and toss that towards the Canyon.
What insanity is this?! An infinite void cannot be filled with pebbles and bits of dust! An infinite void cannot be filled except by that which is infinite. The hunger of the bottomless pit of desire within us can only be satiated and satisfied by the endless, infinite, eternally glorious and all-satisfying God.
This world will not satisfy. It is broken and things go wrong, and we get hurt, and we get sick, and we experience pain, and in the end – we die. Jesus never breaks. Jesus never goes wrong. Jesus never works for anything except our good! He does not change. He remains the infinite supply of satisfying God-stuff to fill up the canyon in your soul. And He gives His unshakeable, unbreakable word of commitment that He will give us life FILLED with joy, for eternity. Eternity. Ever-lasting life. Undying existence. We will no more bat an eye at spending a century here, or ten thousand years doing this or that than we might blink an eye today at the time it takes to microwave a biscuit.
And ALL of that will be filled, achingly FILLED with an overflowing JOY that comes from being completely satisfied in the infinite goodness of Jesus. The bottomless pit will run over with God’s glory. The ravenous canyon will be satiated and bursting at the seams with a rushing river of delight in God. For eternity.
Oh friends…there are some days when nothing seems right; nothing seems enjoyable.
These are the days when we have it almost right. Nothing on this earth is satisfying enough to give you true delight…nothing but JESUS. Nothing in the scope of eternity will fill the space of desires with which you were created…nothing except JESUS. Nothing will make you feel at home, nothing will retain its goodness forever, nothing will be worth more to you than dust and gravel…nothing except JESUS.
NOTHING WILL SATISFY YOU. Except Jesus.
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” Isaiah 55:2
“Delight yourself in the LORD…” Psalm 37:4
“Taste and see that the LORD is good…” Psalm 34:8
“The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 51:11
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’
Amen. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:17, 20
Go to Him and see. He will never fail to satisfy.