Happiness is a universal longing in every human heart, and yet it seems to be so very elusive. Many people spend their entire lives trying to be happy, only to come up short time and time again. We convince ourselves into thinking, “If I only I could find the right person…lose some weight…find a better job…make more money—then I’d be happy!” Would you describe yourself as a person who is truly satisfied in life, someone who is truly content? Or, are you someone who is always on some quest for ‘more?’ As long as our eyes are scanning the horizon for the next big thing that we think will bring us true happiness, the very happiness we long for will remain elusive. The lust for more is a virus that drains our souls of contentment. The more you have, the more you want, and the more you want, the less you have. It is a vicious never-ending cycle.
Have you noticed this pattern in your own life? No matter what a man earns, he never earns enough. No matter how beautiful a woman is, she is never beautiful enough. Clothes are never fashionable enough. Cars are never nice enough. Gadgets are never modern enough. Houses are never big enough. Relationships are never romantic enough. Life is never full enough.
The reason is that the heart hasn’t found contentment in God, the only One who can fill the void. C.S. Lewis said, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” Make no mistake, God desires for you and me to be content, to be happy, to be satisfied—but that satisfaction can only be found in Him. As long as your circumstances have to be just right in order for you to be a content person, then contentment will always be just beyond your grasp. We’ve been made for God’s glory. God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him!
For more, read Psalm 23:1-6; Philippians 4:10-13