Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
Life in this world is about seeking satisfaction and experiencing frustration. Our search for satisfaction usually ends in frustration because: “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee (i.e., in God)”, (Augustine); i.e., God alone satisfies, no one and nothing else can. Our text is actually saying the same thing in different words.
I. NOTHING ON EARTH CAN SATISFY. Man has an infinite capacity for more and more. Thus, no finite thing can satisfy him. Only God, being infinite, can do so.
A. Treasures on earth can’t satisfy. See Ecc. 4:7; 5:10-12; 6:7; 5:15. The ultimate destination of all our material possessions is the junkyard (Matt. 6:19). Earthly treasures are subject to rust and robbery.
B. Pleasures (sinful pleasures in particular) on earth can’t satisfy.
1. They fade away. The satisfaction they give is only temporary. (I John 1:15-17)
2. They fight against our spiritual well-being. They destroy our delight in God and lead us further and further away from him. (I Pet. 2:11)
3. They produce spiritual famine, in the same way that drinking sea water increases your thirst instead of quenching it (Eph. 4:17-19; Ps. 106:15)
II. ONLY GOD IN HEAVEN CAN SATISY.
· Heaven is a place of absolute happiness, but that is so only because God is there (Ps. 73:25; Rev. 21:1-4; Phil. 1:23; John 14:1-3)
· The satisfaction that God gives is full and forever (Ps. 16:11; John 4:13-14)
· God satisfies all our God-honoring desires (Ps. 37:4) and supplies all our needs (as distinguished from wants) (Phil. 4:19).
· Examples of how God satisfies us:
o Everlasting Love (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 8:35a, 38-39)
o Fullness of Joy (Ps. 16:11; Rev. 21:1-4; Hab. 3:17-18; Luke 1:46)
o Perfect Peace (Isa. 26:3; Rom. 5:1; Rom. 8:1)
Find your satisfaction in God by (a) receiving his love as you believe in his Son (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; John 1:12); (b) by experiencing his joy as your repent of your sins (Luke 15:7); and by enjoying his peace as you trust him for salvation (Isa. 26:3; Rom. 5:1).