Don't Eat Yellow Paint (Seriously, Don't)

There’s a story going around that Vincent Van Gogh, the famous artist, said he wanted to eat yellow paint because he hoped it would make him happy. Yellow is a happy color, right? Van Gogh might have eaten the paint or he might not have... it doesn’t really matter.

The deeper truth is the same.

We see things that look like they will bring us fulfillment and joy and completion, but in the end they are like poison for our souls.

Deep down somewhere, we all have this painful desire for things that will kill us... like yellow paint.

We hope they will make us happy, but they never actually do.

We pursue things that bring us harm in the long term.

We think they'll work, but we always find out they just leave us empty.

They look good, but they aren't pointing us towards Jesus.

Stop thinking that your yellow paint will make you happy.

It won't… only Jesus can.

I think it's easy to overlook just how similar we all are to Van Gogh. We might even think…

"Why would anyone eat yellow paint? Why would anyone think it could make them happy?"

But the reality is this: I run after things every day that are just as bad and poisonous as yellow paint. I don't bat an eye. I drink them in. I drink them down. And then I’m surprised when I feel like they are killing me. 

Why is it so surprising?

Why do we keep coming back to this well of yellow paint?

These are not the things we were created for. We were not created to find our happiness and joy in these things. We were created to find our ultimate joy in the God who created us. 

Only He can sustain us. 

Only He is enough for us.

Only He can make us happy.

I hope… I pray… and I beg you to hear today that just because it doesn't sound as bad as yellow paint, that thing you are seeking that isn't Jesus is poison. It is not going to satisfy. It can never satisfy. 

It can only kill.

Only Jesus can satisfy and only Jesus can save. 

And He’ll do it if we just run to Him.