Stop Striving After Wind
We all chase something. But what is it for you? Is it money, success, fame, friendships, attention? What is that one thing that you couldn’t imagine losing? I am so guilty of this one. I chase relationships way too often thinking maybe that will fully satisfy me. Our world feeds to us that if only you bought that one outfit, if only you had more money, if only you were in a relationship THEN you would be happy. But then we finally get that one thing. For me, it was a boyfriend. I thought once I had a relationship THEN I would feel secure and always happy. I can honestly say that was such a lie because even in my relationship I have had numerous lonely moments and been left empty often. Here was the one thing I thought was promised to give me full satisfaction and yet it doesn’t. You see this play out in celebrity lives so well. They have fame, money, romance, all you could ever imagine and yet many still feel like they are missing something and unfortunately some take their own life.
Solomon chased “Everything under the sun” and ALL was “vanity and like striving after wind”! (Ecclesiastes 1:14) You can chase wind all day, but at the end of the day, your hands will be empty. None of it fully satisfied! This was true then and it is true now. Do you remember that child ball toy where you try and fit all the different shapes into it, but out of the 5 holes there is only one circle, square and so on? If you were anything like me I always tried to see if I could get the other shapes into different holes. For some reason the star wouldn’t fit in the circle or the square hole. Why? Because it wasn’t meant to fill that spot. Only ONE shape was.
That is exactly how our fulfilled hearts are. Imagine now one hole in that ball and it’s a cross shape. We can try and put however many shapes into it, but we will always end up not fitting. Maybe one point of the star would fit or the circle would fit a small portion of itself through it, but at the end of the day you can only get one shape in. That’s Jesus! We were made with an empty part in our hearts and we daily try to fill it with anything and everything. But the only thing that will ultimately fill it is Jesus! Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart…” These moments when I feel empty and alone are simply a reminder that I am trying to put my joy in something other than Jesus. I run to friends faster than I run to Jesus in prayer. I talk more about God than I talk to Him. I put my satisfaction in everything else, but the One who is constant and never changing. How silly am I do so! NOTHING will satisfy, but Jesus! Yet we continue to chase other things hoping maybe one day it would.
Psalm 16:11 says “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forever more!” THAT is true and everlasting joy! I’ve heard it said this way: “Anything that’s not God will over promise and under deliver.” In Psalm 4:7 David adds to this by saying, “You have put more joy in my heart than they when their grain and wine abound.”
Stop striving for wind when there is a solid never ending joy that is free for you! Jesus wants you to come to Him! Strive after Him and find full never-ending joy!