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 we are not satisfied with what we have. The grass always looks greener on the other side so to speak. So either we have people searching for the bigger or better and the narcissistic claim that these people deserve a living wage and you should be the one paying for their dreams! Two opposite views, one life, and yet they both lead to emptiness.
Deion Sanders was successful in the sports world! He was on 2 Super bowl teams, played in the World series, but was so empty 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 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:
22 For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity. “Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 (NASB)
Solomon is dealing with the very issues we are speaking of today. He had it all! Money, fame, who was richer, who was wiser than Solomon? Yet for all that he had, he recognized an emptiness to all of his riches! Jesus addresses this issue in Matthew the 16th chapter:
“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, looking for significance in life. We fail to recognize that God has given us intrinsic value. We are born special in God’s eyes. Yet we are always looking for something that makes us exceptional. God thinks we are so precious to Him, He gave His only Son to give us peace and purpose that life cannot!
When we find, God we find the Creator. The problem is our sin has placed a barrier between us and God! Since God created us He also knows how to satisfy that longing in our hearts. All other options are temporary fixes that can never fully satisfy the heart of man. The answer to the problem: “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” has an answer . . . He is the Savior: Christ the Lord!