“Is there something more?” 03.11.16
“What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:9-11 ESV)
It’s never enough. Whether we are talking about a person in total poverty, or a person of supreme wealth and influence, the experience of life on this planet (currently) is one of dealing with an unfillable void in our hearts. The world makes suggestions of how to fill the void, romantic love, charity, familial love, being a good person, or leaving a mark on history and leaving your name immortalized throughout human history. But do these things really satisfy? Don’t get me wrong – all the things above can be great blessings, but do they actually fill that void in the human heart that says, “There is something more.” The quick answer is no, but you already know that don’t you.
The experience of our lives tells us that none of those things satisfy us, and history shows that people of great opulence and influence still felt the nagging sense of lack. Our experiences are not the only teachers of this great truth, the Bible says it too, “Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:12-13 ESV). In this passage four things are presented about us. The first is that we have a void that needs to be filled, the second is that we look to the wrong things to fill us (i.e. money, love, morality, influence, reputation), the third is that these things will never fill us, and the fourth is that God is the one who satisfies us to the deepest level.
Paul understood this truth as he was standing in the Areopagus and addressed the people of Athens. He “perceived” that they were a religious people having 30,000 gods in the city, and even having one image devoted “To the unknown god.” Paul knew that they were searching for something more and he also knew that Jesus is what they were searching for. He then proceeded to define this “unknown god” (God) to them in a way that showed the truly satisfying nature of God (you’ll have to listen to Joe’s sermon if you want those details).
Do you believe what Jeremiah 2 has to say? – Are you satisfying yourself with Jesus? Is there someone you know who has made it understood in some way that they too are searching for something to fill their void? When Paul presented the Gospel to the people in Athens, he told the whole Bible’s over-arching story; is there someone you know who needs to hear the whole Gospel from creation to the resurrection from the dead? Don’t be afraid to share the BIG parts of God and his plan for Humanity. It’s God’s transcendence that shows His ability to satisfy our deepest longings. May you be ever satisfied by our amazing and inexhaustible King, and share that satisfaction with those whom God has placed in your life.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross." (Colossians 1:15-20 ESV)