Perhaps our deep unfulfilled desires can help show us that we were made for something no earthly thing can satisfy. Just as children tire of their Christmas toys shortly after they've received them, so as adults our latest purchases or home renovations or business deals leave us looking for that elusive something. If we live in a fallen world, alienated from God, this is no wonder. God has "set eternity in the hearts" of us all (Eccles. 3:11) so that we will be satisfied with nothing less than God alone. In the psalmist's words:
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Perhaps our deepest desires have been placed within us by God because we are meant for a loving relationship with him. The secular pursuit of the 'ulitmate experience' will disappoint us because all our desires are properly ordered when God is central in our lives.
pg. 18, "That's Just YOUR Interpretation" by Paul Copan
Can we quit acting as if we have God all figured out? You can know God, but to think that you can know God in the fullest sense of the word would be laughable if it weren't so detrimental. Because of the accumulation of and access to knowledge, our generation knows so much. Yet in the timeless scheme of things, we know so little. What would happen if we had the intellectual courage to admit our ignorance?
Maybe it's time to admit that we don't know all the answers. But we know the One who does. Maybe we've been offering the wrong thing. We offer answers. God offers a relationship through Jesus Christ. His answers to our questions isn't knowledge. It's a relationship.
pg.106, Primal by Mark Batterson