I can afford to buy that lamborghini.
I live in that big house with a white picket fence.
I get my dream job.
I check everything off my bucket list.
I have that important title I’ve been climbing up the corporate ladder for.
And the list goes on and on.
Life offers us many options to attain satisfaction and pursue the “happiness” we so anxiously desire.
And people spend their lives searching for that “something more” that will give them the fulfillment they desperately want.
We all have the right to pursue this “happiness”.
To search for that something more that will truly satisfy us.
But the problem with this desire that we have isn’t that it’s wrong (because God put it in our hearts for a reason) but because we are searching for it in all the wrong places.
The trouble is that we are seeking to find true happiness and ultimate fulfillment in things of this world when in reality we can only find it outside of this world: in Jesus.
“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.” – CS Lewis
There is no one that illustrates this better than one woman from the Bible who was seeking for that “something more” in a place that many women seek it in: a man.
It began with just one man. But then he turned out to be nothing like she expected him to be so she moved on to man #2.
Man #2 lasted for a little while but just like the first man all this relationship led to was a heartbreak. So she moved on to man #3.
He surely fit the description of Prince Charming. She knew that he had to be “the One” she was searching for all along. But with time, just like all the others, he still wasn’t the man of her dreams she hoped he would be.
Man #4 came and went.
So did man #5.
Each one brought her their own promise of hope and a future of happiness.
And in the end each one left her alone and feeling empty inside.
So she kept on searching. And she moved on to man #6,
If you don’t know who I’m referring to yet I’m talking about the Samaritan Woman at the well. (John 4)
The woman who was so desperately seeking to find that fulfillment to fill the void in her heart by giving bits and pieces of it to different men.
And it wasn’t until Man #7 arrived on the scene that her search stopped forever.
It was only when she met Jesus that she finally found everything that she was longing for.
Because she stopped looking for fulfillment in the wrong places, and she found it in the right place: in Him.
And the same goes for you: until you allow Man #7 to enter into your life and fill it with Himself you will also be like this Samaritan Woman.
Until you allow Jesus to solely have the rightful place in your heart you will be on a never-ending hunt for finding that one thing that you think will satisfy you.
For the Samaritan Woman it was the perfect man.
For you it might be something different.
You search for happiness in one place and when you don’t find it there you move to another.
And then another.
And all you’ll ever find yourself is alone at a dead end thinking of the next place to look.
Wondering what can possibly fill that longing in your heart.
What can be that “something more”.
I just want remind you that it won’t be marrying the man or woman of your dreams.
It won’t be a shiny black Lamborghini.
It won’t be the big house with the white picket fence.
It won’t be an important title and a million dollar paycheck in the mail.
Wanting some of these things are not bad.
Pursuing a career that will put more money in the bank isn’t bad.
Being ambitious and trying to do something with your life is not bad.
Settling down with someone you can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with isn’t bad.
But trying to find fulfillment in any of these things apart from Christ is.
The truth is these things can bring your happiness for a little while.
Maybe a few days, a few months, a few years. Just like those men brought the Samaritan Woman happiness temporarily.
But eventually that happiness you found will fade and you’ll go back to searching for that something more.
Today you can choose to stop the endless search for fulfillment.
You can stop looking for happiness in all the wrong places, and you can learn to find it in Jesus.
And once you do you will need to search no more.
Because you will find the thing that will give you a reason to wake up every morning.
You will find the sweet spring of living water that will never leave you thirsty for something more.
Often times we are like the Israelites who forsook God while we run around looking for satisfaction in anyone or anything but Him.
We dig up our own broken cisterns that cannot hold any water (Jeremiah 2:13) and we want it to quench our thirst, when all it does is leave us empty because only God is the living water that will never leave us thirsty.
Only when we start pursuing God rather than the things of this world will we find true happiness, will we not need anything else to satisfy us, will we stop searching for that something more that leads us to nowhere.
“Until you’re sold out to Jesus you’ll always be for sale to the highest bidding temptation.” – Rick Warren.
Today, be sold out to Jesus and you will never need to look for that “something more” in the wrong places ever again.
You will never be thirsty again.
Because you will find everything that you can possibly need in Him.
Be blessed and never stop pursuing God ! Anna… ♥
“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:14