Billboards. Radio. Television. Internet. Friends. Everyday we are assaulted with the "bigger, better. stronger, faster" idea. My phone is two whole versions behind! My computer is (gasp) two years old! My clothes? Don't even look. My poor truck limps along like the aged 4 year old that it is.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sang it years ago:
When I'm drivin' in my car / and that man comes on the radio / he's tellin' more and more / about some useless information / supposed to fire my imagination . . . When I'm watchin' my T.V. / and that man come on to tell me / how white my shirts can be / but he can't be a man 'cause he doesn't smoke / the same cigarrettes as me . . . I can't get no satisfaction / I can't get no satisfaction / 'cause I try and I try and I try and I try / I can't get no, I can't get no satisfaction.
And as they sang, we joined in. We want to fight back against commercialism, but it doesn't work. We still buy the shirts, the cars, the computers, the phones, and whatever else they're peddling. Why? Because with each purchase we think we'll finally land on the elusive satisfaction that we want.
At our core, I believe we all desire spiritual satisfaction. We try to find it through various channels. But Jesus said, "Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be satisfied." Can that be possible? Can it be true? You bet. When we desire the righteousness of God more than we desire the very things we need to live (food and water), then He promises we will be satisfied. That is good news!