Learn Unsatisfaction in 10-Minutes a Day

My wife and I recently went to my cousins wedding in Florida. We were only going for a weekend, but my wife really wanted to go water skiing at the Swiss Waterski Resort. As we were discussing our plans, it became clear that it would be very difficult to make it to the school. It would require us to leave early and miss out on planned events. It then dawned on me that we were making all of these plans for 10 minutes of skiing. The decision became very clear after that.

This situation is like sin in our lives. Sin is "enjoyable" for the 10 minutes it lasts, but it causes us to miss out on the more important things in life. It is similar to eating a good meal that tastes so good that we go back for seconds. The taste is so delicious that we think we will be satisfied if we can just have a bit more. However, the satisfaction never comes and we feel sick to our stomachs and eventually will become obese. Food is enjoyable, but is typically forgotten once it is eaten, and without self-control the consequences are for a lifetime. Sin is the same way.

We all have a choice to make. Do we look for satisfaction in this world or in the world to come?
By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin (Heb. 11:24-25).
Moses could have had all the sensual advantages of being a prince, but instead he lead the Israelites, a stubborn and ungrateful people, through the wilderness. His eyes were focused on the long term reward instead of the short term benefits of being the son of Pharaoh's daughter.

Pornography satisfies the senses for the moment but always leaves the person wanting more, and more is never enough. Sex brings two people together for a time, but the bond of marriage lasts a lifetime. Gossip makes for an intriguing conversation, but destroys friendship, trust, and does not change the situation. Anger is aroused in a moment, but can separate for a lifetime.

What is better than all of these things? Is not love? A commitment to do what is best for someone. Is not peace? The ability to live in harmony with everyone. Even in this world it is never better to sin, but for some reason we are still tempted. We truly are like sheep. Next time you are tempted to sin just remember you will never be satisfied, because only knowing God brings satisfaction.


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