There is an interesting statement made in a song: I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. The song speaks towards the issue of longing for something, but the writer of the song does not even know what that is! Another prolific song writer makes these statements in his songs. “I got an emptiness deep inside And I’ve tried, but it won’t let me go” Kerry Livgren of the rock group Kansas speaking of his hit dust in the wind: “I was only expressing my own searching for something.”
We are all looking for something or someone! We search for that bigger, better, stronger, faster, in our lives. But even if we obtain that which we wanted we are not satisfied. The grass always looks greener on the other side so to speak. Deion Sanders was successful in the sports world! He was on 2 Super bowl teams, played in the World series, but was so empty after one Super Bowl win he contemplated suicide: Mr. Sanders stated: “I was going through the trials and tribulations of life. I was pretty much running on fumes. I was empty, no peace, no joy. Losing hope with the progression of everything.” Yet we would look on the outside and say this guy had it all!
We keep looking for the pot of gold underneath that rainbow. The problem is the rainbow always disappears when you are just within reach. There is a true story of a dedicated man. He worked hard so that he and his wife could retire and enjoy life for a change. Well 6 months into his retirement he finds out he has cancer and is dead shortly after the diagnoses. Were his days of toil and sweat worth what happened to him? Perhaps a quotation from a book in the Bible helps us understand the problem here in the Book of Jeremiah 2:13
My people have committed a compound sin: they’ve walked out on me, the fountain Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns—
cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves. The Prophet Jeremiah is painting a picture of a person constantly pouring water into a container like a child’s play swimming pool. Not realizing that there is a hole in the bottom of the pool and empties out sooner than more water is poured in. We would think the person doing such a thing has serious problems. But the writer is telling us that most people do this. We are focused on things that cannot permanently satisfy our hearts and lives.
I believe that is one main reason why there are so many divorces in the past 100 years! We believe, mistakenly so, that people can make us happy We give them the responsibility to do something that is impossible keep us happy and satisfied. marriages hit the skids for selfish reasons!
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” That is the challenge we live in the 21st century, we are looking for the satisfaction that drives our hearts. But we are never permanently satisfied! That is where drugs, alcohol among many harmful habits devastate our lives.
We fail to recognize that God has created us with a soul. And only God can bring that peace and contentment to our hearts and lives.