Can we be completely satisfied in this life? I’m not talking about momentary happiness or pure bliss. Rather, I’m talking about what many would call absolute fulfillment, nirvana, transcendence, or absolute consciousness.
The immediate answer that probably comes to mind is, “Of course not Andrew, this is a very flawed world where mistakes are made, where evil exists, and where people are self-consumed.” But what surprises me is how many of us profess that belief, yet continue to strive for absolute fulfillment in this life without a second thought.
Without realizing it, most of us are searching for ultimate satisfaction through the accumulation of our possessions, success in our careers, harmony in our relationships, margin in our finances, and even righteous religious devotion. We often believe that “one day” we’ll have what we need to be truly fulfilled, truly in harmony with the universe, and absolutely satisfied.
Over many years that I’ve spent asking tough questions, pursuing dreams, investing in relationships, and working towards a better future I’ve increasingly realized that living in a broken, fallen world will continue to bring pain, heartache, and disappointment; there’s no escaping it, no matter how far you run. Yet, even through the haze of such a great darkness, I’ve also discovered authentic life, genuine hope, moments of pure contentment, and grace from God that words cannot explain.
C.S. Lewis once said, “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.”
As a follower of Jesus, I am constantly becoming more conscious of the desperate need I have for Jesus’ redemption and my utter lack to accomplish anything of meaning without being connected to the one true Source of life. Even during a life full of brokenness, pain, and failure I am beginning to find more hope and life through trusting that God will make all things new as He promised. That is both a present and an eventual reality that gives us all the reason in the world to fight for hope and for life.
Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” The disciples who heard these words still experienced death – some of them were even martyred! But their hope and their life was found in knowing the Father and in faith that God was up to so much more than could ever be imagined.
In our lives, are we striving for complete satisfaction within a broken, decaying world, or are we searching for the One our hearts long for more than life itself? Is this life constantly coming up empty, feeling hopeless, and devoid of meaning? If that is your story, know that there is a God who has pursued you since your first heartbeat. He’s been near to you even in the darkest of moments of your life. He is hope. He is your purpose. He is Life and the absolute satisfaction.