Mick Jagger, lead singer of the infamous, hotel-trashing, rock-n-roll band, the Rolling Stones, said it best – “I can’t get no…satisfaction!”
What made this song popular was it’s ability to relate to all of American society and our desire to receive the ever-elusive satisfaction that Mr. Jagger and the Stones preach about. It’s not uncommon for us to strive for peace and contentment, but be left with a great disappointment luring in our hearts. We might as well be chasing after a pot of gold at the end of some Irish man’s rainbow. We yearn for peace, but more often than not, we miss the mark.
On this treasure-hunt of searching for satisfaction, are we searching in the wrong direction?
Regardless of your socioeconomic standing, marital status (or lack thereof), job description, where you live or what kind of car you drive, we all crave a sense of peace. Most of us look to these things, this laundry list, for our source of contentment and, surprise, surprise, we aren’t fulfilled and quickly continue our journey in another direction.
We are constantly looking at earthly things to fill the void of contentment. Our search is a linear one, one dimensional, parallel. We desperately look to our right and to our left for to the hot commodity of peace in the earthly items that consume our lives. When our hearts go unfulfilled, we start wondering who or what is failing. Who is leaving us with the bitter taste of desire in our mouths? What isn’t working that creates uneasiness? We start to dissect our peace-meter to pinpoint the one or two things that are the culprit for our ill feelings.
We discover the person who once made us happy now causes headaches and stress or the brand new toy that sits in the driveway or living room is last year’s model and completely worthless.
In a world of searching for parallel satisfaction, the kind that rusts and dies and loses value after being driven off the lot, let us search for satisfaction in the One who matters, the One who will last forever.
In Isaiah, we are given a small glimpse into the character of the coming Messiah, our soon-to-be Christ. The picture that unfolds before us describes Him as a strong and courageous warrior, someone who will overthrow the government, a zealous king.
As we start to get comfortable with this kind of Savior, we’re given a new picture that throws us for a loop – “…And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” (Isaiah 9:6b).
Peace – Jesus is the Prince of it, the Ruler over contentment, the Sultan of satisfaction! He is the end of our search, He is the only One who can fulfill our hearts and bless us with a spirit of contentment.
Instead of searching for satisfaction in the world, we find it in Him.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength…” (Psalm 23:1-3a).
“If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment,” (Job 36:11).
“For he himself is our peace…” (Ephesians 2:14a).
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:7).
These verses tell us that not only is God our peace, but when we live in Him and search for Him daily, our lives are filled with unfathomable satisfaction. God’s love reigns in the truth that peace only comes in Him, that unless you are content in Him, you will never be fulfilled.
The world has a lot to offer and it’s easy to slip into the sin of earthly gain and temporary fulfillment. God’s timing is not our own and we can become frustrated with where He’s taking us or why He’s unfolding plans in our lives that make us feel uncomfortable. There’s a sense of instant gratification in our microwave-fast Society, but it won’t last forever.
God reminds us that He has plans, He has conquered worry, He knows what He’s doing and His timing is perfect. He speaks to us in His Word and when we breathe Him in, devouring the Spirit and living in Him each day, we quickly discover that He has given us the desires of our hearts – a peace that passes all understanding.
The next time you feel a tinge of discontentment or find yourself buying into the illusion of worldly peace, remember the One who reigns over your heart and mind. Search for satisfaction and find it in Christ.