Why is it the ego, the concern with self, is so strong sometimes? All we think about is what is in it for me? Life would be better only if we had more money, a different job, friends, a new car, beautiful clothes, etc. Why is it so hard to find satisfaction in life?
The Bible talks about how no matter how much we have, we are never satisfied or content. Man is always striving for more and never fulfilled. The pleasures of sin only last a short time. He who loves money will never have enough.
The “always wanting more” syndrome has been around for a very long time, and I would venture to guess that the majority of the population struggle with it. We pursue our desires by engaging in all things that please us but it rarely lasts. We seek lasting satisfaction by becoming a workaholic to buy more things, but it only leads to wanting even more. We never quite reach our arbitrary mark of success, and other areas of our lives suffer. We buy toys and other possessions thinking they will satisfy us, but there is always one more thing we have to possess.
It is impossible to fill the void by obtaining inanimate objects and money. To tame the beast, you need to determine what you’re truly missing in life. Many times what you desire is a close and personal relationship with God. Psalm 37:4 says, “Seek your happiness in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire.” Happiness and contentment is a result of seeking God and not worldly things.
The harder we pursue the things of the world to satisfy our ego and bring short-term pleasure, the further we are from God. God wants us to have beautiful things and wants us to have happiness and peace, but that requires surrounding yourself with Him and trusting Him. Don’t get caught up in obsessing over what you don’t have and practice gratitude. So the next time you want to trade in your 2002 Hyundai for a new BMW stop and be grateful that your little Hyundai is still dependable, fuel efficient and suits your needs. You never know, someday that BMW just might fall into your lap, but there is no need to worry about it. The important thing is to seek the Kingdom of God first!
The truth is that life is hard and dangerous; that he who seeks his own happiness does not find it; that he who is weak must suffer; that he who demands love will be disappointed; that he who is greedy will not be fed; that he who seeks peace will find strife; that truth is only for the brave; that joy is only for him who does not fear to be alone; that life is only for the one who is not afraid to die.” ― Joyce Cary