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It is short-sighted to look elsewhere
Bible asks, “Why labour on what does not satisfy?” (Isa 55:2). If money controls your life you will never have enough (Eccl 5:10). The values of the world should not be dictating our degree of satisfaction; this should be the result of knowing we do God’s will. Dissatisfaction comes when we focus on what we don’t have, rather than on the multitude of blessings we do have. Count your blessings, not your desires!
Temptation, along with frustration and dissatisfaction, is a ploy of Satan to make you think something other than God will fulfill your inner longings. The Bible says, be satisfied with your wife, don’t entertain adulterous thoughts (Prov 5:18-20). If you are dissatisfied with something, are your thoughts and energy helping to improve or further erode the situation?
Satisfying selfish desires often takes advantage of others by not considering their rights or needs and will not provide long-term contentment or happiness. Instead the Bible exhorts us (with the motive of love and in service to God) to lay aside our rights and personal goals for the benefit and blessing of others (Isa 58:10,11; Phil 2:4; 1 Jn 3:16-18). Those living other-focused lives are often totally fulfilled and will eventually be eternally blessed (Mt 25:35-40; Mk 10:30).
Only God can satisfy our deepest needs
(Deut 28:9; 1 Kgs 2:3; Ps 119:1-3, 128:1; Rom 12:1; Phil 1:27; 1 Thes 4:3,4; 1 Pet 2:24). Only God can fully satisfy the longings within and Jesus says if we truly partake of Him, we will be satisfied and notcrave any other thing for "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be satisfied” (Ps 63:1-5, 107:9; Mt 5:6; Jn 4:14, 6:35, 7:37).
The Lord will satisfy our needs (not greed) if we seek to alleviate the plight of others and focus on His Kingdom, for He will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him (Ps 145:19; Mt 6:33).