Have you ever felt completely and utterly incompetent, to the point where no matter what you do you never feel wholly satisfied? Do you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and see only the things that you don’t have? Or how about the things that you have yet to accomplish? Perhaps you even wonder if you have the ability or even the chance to attain these things, whatever they may be. Maybe a well paying job, a significant other, or a debt-free life. Words we grew up wanting to have someday such as goals and aspirations seem to have all of a sudden lost their luster, and may in fact become the very things that keep you in constant dissatisfaction.
Now don’t get me wrong, having a good life is definitely a good thing…but at what cost? In college, we often find ourselves idolizing this ideal and welding it into our very own golden calf. We pay homage to it by doing all of the “right” things and misplacing all of our hope in it, sometimes even all of our happiness. Of course, while we’re still in college and don’t already have the ideal marriage or career, we often find ourselves unsatisfied and even frustrated with our current circumstance.
For the longest time my satisfaction was, and still sometimes is, completely and absolutely misplaced. It’s often not where it should be, instead drifting deeper and deeper in the midst of the cares of this world. As a result, it most often proves unfruitful (Mark 4:9). I used to constantly beat myself up for this, being absolutely clueless as to why I already felt like a failure before the “grown up” phase of my life even began. If only I had the eyes to see how beautifully simple the solution was.
Our satisfaction needs to come from Christ, and Christ alone. Of course if all you are waiting to live for is your future, you will experience nothing but unhappiness in the present. To everything there is a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1), so why not make the most of the one you’re in? Be content (1 Timothy 6:6). God’s word continually assures us that satisfaction is indeed found in Him with Scripture such as:
“The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail” (Isaiah 58:11).
“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your likeness” (Psalm 17:15).
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).
If you are feeling crummy, it’s honestly because you’re placing your satisfaction in something other than the Lord. It’s that plain and simple. Find joy in Him through worship by any means necessary. This could be through silent prayer as you slowly wake up or drift to sleep, it could be through enjoyment of a song or instrument, or even having one of those “God talks” in your car whenever you randomly decide to turn off your radio. Whenever you delight in the Lord in such ways, He remembers the desires of your heart that you had previously placed your satisfaction in and will give you what you need accordingly (Psalm 37:4). God is going to get you where you are needing to go, and He is going to make sure that all of the right things will be added unto you in their own due time as you continue to seek His kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). When the root your satisfaction is firmly planted in Jesus and nothing else, you will be genuinely shocked one day to find that your soul has actually been made well. It is well…