Earthly Pleasures Were Never Meant to Satisfy

C. S. Lewis thoughtfully observed that “if we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest [or hint at] the real thing.” (Mere Christianity, p. 136)

This is a profound observation. Will you pause to consider it? It echos Scripture, which says that God has placed eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11). Read Revelation 21-22, about a new world that God will make. There will be no crying there, neither morning, nor pain, nor sin, nor death. Read all about it and see whether your heart longs for that new world or not. I tell you that it will.

But most of all, what your soul longs for is Jesus. Visit all the restaurants you want. Check out all the entertainment venues you can find. Travel to all the resorts, landmarks, and destinations you can get to. Purchase all the things that you think will make you happy. Achieve all the important milestones in life. Then you will discover the same thing that everyone else in the history of the world has discovered. None of these things will satisfy your longing soul.

When asked, “How much money is enough?” noted American philanthropist and billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, replied, “Just a little bit more.” And perhaps you have heard what future HOF quarterback, Tom Brady, said after winning his third Super Bowl. He said:

BRADY: Why do I have three Super Bowl rings, and still think there’s something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, “Hey man, this is what is.” I reached my goal, my dream, my life. Me, I think: *** it’s gotta be more than this. I mean this can’t be what it’s all cracked up to be. I mean I’ve done it. I’m 27. And what else is there for me?

INTERVIEWER: What’s the answer?

BRADY: I wish I knew. I wish I knew. I mean I think that’s part of me trying to go out and experience other things. I love playing football, and I love being a quarterback for this team, but, at the same time, I think there’s a lot of other parts about me that I’m trying to find. I know what ultimately makes me happy are family and friends, and positive relationships with great people. I think I get more out of that than anything.

As of today, Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls, and he is still hunting for more. Is he satisfied? No, he is not. But what about you? Whatever you’re seeking, it will never satisfy. You were made for God, and that’s why you need Jesus. Only Jesus will satisfy your longing heart (John 4:13-14).

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