Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?
The prophet Isaiah looked out on his people who longed for happiness and security but were looking for it in the wrong places. They were running to the marketplace and to places of amusement, spending their money madly for things that brought them no permanent satisfaction.
My children love Easter Egg hunts. They love the adrenaline rush that comes from hunting the plastic eggs and seeing how many they can get.
Sunday our family is preparing to take all the empty plastic eggs that we have collected over the years and do our own Easter egg hunt at our house. We discussed filling them up with candy, how many rounds we would do, and even placing a surprise Golden egg out at the final round. My children were not excited about the candy inside on the 2nd round, in fact, they wanted something different.
Just like our plastic eggs, it is a never-ending cycle of emptying and filling up. We get the temporary adrenaline rush from shopping, new relationships, or new careers when the newness wears off we are an empty shell again, wanting something different. How many times do we fill ourselves up with things that bring temporary joy and contentment, to only want something more? To hunger and thirst for God is at the very root of our being it is the source of our fulfillment. It’s the way God made us. When we look for happiness and fulfillment in any area except in our relationship with God we will continue to thirst and be hungry.
Where are you looking for happiness and fulfillment? Are you looking to satisfy your hunger with temporary things?