Why Do I Feel Empty and Dissatisfied?

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Why do I feel empty and dissatisfied?

Aug 21, 2018

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I celebrated my 50th birthday and was reminded by my friends of all that I have accomplished. I have a beautiful wife. I am retired from a successful career and have money to do whatever I want for the rest of my life. But I have to admit, I feel empty and dissatisfied. How can that be? — S.R.

A: Our culture tells us that if we make a lot of money, have a good relationship and an important position we will be happy and satisfied. There is nothing wrong with these accomplishments, but mankind remains restless. The human spirit will always search for peace. We can try a thousand different things and still come up empty.

Social media platforms have given individuals a sounding board. At a whim people post an array of emotions and have only to wait a few moments for reply. We are exposed to broken hearts and confused minds by a simple click. Seldom do their followers encourage them to turn to God; instead they wallow with them. Others try escaping from reality.

Most people yearn for one thing more than anything else: inner peace. Without it they have no lasting happiness or security. We are like a restless sea, finding a little happiness here and a little pleasure there, but nothing permanent and satisfying. So the search continues! Until you actually possess true peace with God, no one can describe its wonders to you. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace” (John 16:33).

The Bible speaks of “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds” (Philippians 4:7). Reality is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Only Christ can meet the deepest needs of the human heart. He alone brings lasting peace.


(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)


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