Countries like ours are full of people who have all the material comforts they desire, together with such non-material blessings as a happy family, and yet lead lives of quiet, and at times noisy, desperation, understanding nothing but the fact that there is a hole inside them and that however much food and drink they pour into it, however many motor cars and television sets they stuff it with, however many well balanced children and loyal friends they parade around the edges of it…it aches. – Bernard Levin
We often associate feelings of discontent with lack or failure, but more often than not it’s when things are at their best that this niggling question of ‘Is there more to life than this?’ seems to echo the loudest.
We’ve all been there at some point. It doesn’t matter how well your life is going or how perfect everything appears to be, you look at what you have; at what you’ve achieved and ask ‘Is that it? Is this all there is?’
If you’ve ever asked this question you’re not alone. Throughout history people have taken a step back to look at the lives they are living and wonder if there is maybe more to their existence than the things they are experiencing.
“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now”
You see the problem is not necessarily with the things that you are doing. It may not be the relationships in your life or your possessions that are at fault. The issue may well be the position they hold in your life.
We look at this Son (Jesus) and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. – 1 Colossians 1:16
God designed and created us to have Him at the centre of our lives. Our purpose for being was to have a relationship with Him. When we put other things at the centre and prioritise money, sex, possessions or anything else before knowing God we’re missing the point. Nothing will ever bring a sense of completeness like knowing Jesus, accepting your need for Him in your life and being in a place of rightness with God.
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