Eternal Appetites, Earthly Food, and the Insanity of Sin

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. -C.S. Lewis

Mr. Lewis is right, but only partly. God’s Word never speaks of probable explanations of the human condition. It speaks of a certainly holy God who certainly made humanity who certainly rebelled and certainly perverted their appetites. The explanation of your desires is not left up to probability, nor is God, who is Lord of desire. No desire is left to the contingent category of “if” in God’s world. It is not “if” you find in yourself unsatisfied desires, you have from birth. In fact you were conceived because of the ultimately unfulfilled desire of your parents for the pleasures of Christ and in the most intimate earthly way they knew how conceived you. You are the product of ultimate unfulfilled desire. Babies cry from the womb because of unsatisfied desires. Yes, they are temporarily pacified, yet the desire returns – even for something as simple as milk. That desire morphs and matures into more robust appetites with all the complexities of human life. Desire is restless even in a newborn babe. It is restless in you.

He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end (Ecc. 3:11).

God has made us in such a way that nothing on earth, with all its vastness, can ultimately satisfy. No taste, no touch, no smell, no sight, no sound, can satisfy…ultimately. Every sunrise, every moonlit night, every creature from oceans depth to mountain height, every kiss, every smile, every pain, every tear, all things are made to inflame and point the desires to the only thing that can satisfy. There is only one cure. Unquenchable desire is found in the source of your existence – Jesus Christ.

In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Col. 1:19).

But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God (Lk. 22:69).

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11).

At God’s right hand are pleasures forevermore. That doesn’t sound like a probability, but a fact. And who is at the right hand of the Father? Jesus Christ.

The point is this: you cannot satisfy eternal appetites with earthly food (Lk. 15:11-32; Jn. 6). This is the insanity of sin and the insanity of finding more joy in a new iPhone than in Jesus.