“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.” Isaiah 55:1-3
This verse was the inspiration for one of our newest designs: It Never Lasts.
“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”
Sin, it never satisfies, truly.
Sin, it never lasts.
When I was in college, I found myself looking for happiness, satisfaction, or whatever you want to call it, in anything I could. But time and time again I was reminded of that painful, nagging feeling that anyone who runs after sin feels. That feeling of just missing it.
Like man, I thought this was supposed to make me feel happy...
See, sin is this sort of thing that just always slips you by. It is like trying to pick up sand. You never quite have it. You can never really say you are holding sand. You are sort of just watching it fall through your fingers. That is how I remember that time of my life. No matter what I was laboring for, it always ended up being in vain.
It is that 3am feeling. The party is over. Your friends have left. You are sitting there, alone. Intoxicated. Sort of bummed.
Thinking, “How did I miss it?”
I felt so close to getting there.
I felt so sure I was going to feel something tonight.
I thought that this was it.
I almost felt happy.
I almost felt satisfied.
I remember just always being a second too late for happiness. My heart always felt so close but yet I never quite got there.
This is the deceitfulness of sin. It never wants you to feel too far from happiness because otherwise you would realize just how vain your pursuit is.
Sin wants us to feel close. It wants us to feel like we almost have it. Like we almost have happiness. This feeling is what keeps us pursuing. I can’t give up now. I almost got it. I am almost happy.
This is the reason why we always need more.
Friday night turns into Saturday night too.
I don’t have class Friday, how about Thursday?
Class starts at 11am on Wednesday, what are you doing Tuesday night?
We just keep running.
We just keep consuming.
We just keep scheduling the next thing.
Our lives are consumed with the next moment. ‘Cause maybe, just maybe that is the moment we won’t feel this way anymore.
There is no sitting quiet, there is no contemplation. We have to just keep going. We are right on the heels of happiness. If we sit and think about our lives we just might miss it.
So we keep going. We keep chasing. We keep hoping. We keep dying.
Sin wants us to feel close to satisfaction. Oh, so close..
But even when we get a taste, the first taste is never enough. We need more and more. And after chasing for so long, we end up turning around and looking at how far we have come and to be honest we don’t even know where we are anymore, who we are anymore.
How did I get here?
How did I become this person?
Jesus tells us even there - “Why do you labor for that which will not satisfy? Come buy from me the finest of goods. Come be happy, satisfied, complete. Stop running. It’s exhausting.”
It is only after we stop, only after I stopped and realized. Sin never satisfies. It never lasts. It never slows down. It never lets me catch it because it knows it has nothing to offer. Sin is not meant to be caught, it is meant to just entice. Just to be the target, the thing we chase after.
But we never catch it. We never get happiness laboring after sin. It never satisfies. It never lasts.
Just give up. Stop running. Stop trying to fill your life with the things we all know don’t satisfy.
Come back home.
And even if you don’t…
Jesus will keep chasing.
“Why do you labor for that which will not satisfy?"