Have you ever watched Wanted Down Under on daytime TV? It’s a programme where couples, with or without children, spend a week in Australia or New Zealand to decide whether they would prefer to live there, or whether it’s best to stay in the UK. Invariably, one partner has dreamt of emigrating and the other is content at home. By the end of a carefully organised week they generally decide to emigrate, although it doesn’t always happen at the end of the day.

Have you seen Escape to the Country? In this programme couples are unhappy where they currently live, and have the opportunity to view three houses in the country and buy one if they like it enough.

What links both programmes is a sense of disillusionment. Someone is unhappy with their life and wants to make a significant change, believing that will replace the disillusionment they feel with a new found satisfaction. Other people spend money weekly on the National Lottery to do the same, with the hope that money can solve their problems and bring happiness. Others turn to inappropriate or illegal behaviour, such as cheating on partners, abandoning families, drinking to excess or becoming a habitual drug user. There’s an emptiness in people’s lives that needs to be filled and we will try anything to fill the empty hole inside us. The trouble is, we don’t know why we feel this way, and we don’t seek out the true source of lasting satisfaction.

The Bible tells us that God has “set eternity in the human heart.” (1) Many of us like to believe that God doesn’t exist, allowing us to do as we please without facing his judgement, but this emptiness we feel proves otherwise. God has ensured that we appreciate our eternal dimension. We are not just made for a time that ends with our death, we are made to live for ever. Lay aside all your previous beliefs and prejudices and ask yourself, “Why do I always feel dissatisfied with life?” It’s because you are meant to live it with God and you’re not. God created you, he loves you so much that he sent his Son to die for you, and he wants to share your life with you. He knows, as your maker, that this is the way you find satisfaction, real and everlasting peace.

You are loved in a way that confounds our understanding. The cleverest of us will never understand it, and God has deliberately made it that way. He didn’t offer a salvation only accessible to the intellectual, instead he offers a salvation to be accepted by faith as if we were little children. This love shows itself through Jesus who, as we always say, died on a cross being punished for our sins. When you come to faith in Jesus he makes you an amazing offer. He says, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.” (2)

The rest he offers is the satisfaction we desire. It’s what we need to fill the empty hole inside us. It’s the way we find peace and a life that has meaning. You don’t have to emigrate, move to the country, destroy your relationships or damage your health to find satisfaction. What you need is offered freely to you by God, who just asks that you put your trust in Jesus and come to him for the peace and rest you have longed for. It’s not hard to do is it? If you’re concerned about any demands he may place on you, his yoke is easy and his burden is light.


Bible References:

  • Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • Matthew 11:28-30