God is infinite in his being and the only supreme good. We were made for Him and were designed to find our delight in Him.
Put these two facts together and you understand: No other thing in this world can bring us true happiness or satisfy the longings of our soul. Nothing in creation can compare with Him or measure up to Him.
far reaches of this abyss. No amount of sand can be thrown into it to fill it up. No matter how large the shovel or how long one labors in digging, the depths cannot be filled.
Such is the soul's yearning is for God. The vastness of His person is the only thing that can truly fill the immeasurable desire of the soul.
So consider the foolishness of living for this world. The whole of earth's riches cannot even begin to make one truly happy. If one possessed every dollar, yen, and euro, he would still not be content. The treasures of men are but a drop in the ocean of the soul in comparison to God. You may gain the whole world--you may possess the entire earth, but happiness will still elude you.
No amount of earthly relationships can satiate this divine craving either. The thrill of many friends may bring degrees of joy, but not ultimate joy. David spoke of the inadequacy of such a society, even at its peak of revelry:
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. Ps. 4:7
You may set yourself to establish a good home, but even these closest of ties coupled with perfect virtue will disappoint. It is the lot of man to falter and fail, and eventually die. But even if such things could be avoided, the company of children, siblings, parents, or spouse could never replace the companionship of God. This felicity is but a shadow in comparison to the communion afforded by the eternal love and favor of the Father, Son, and Spirit.
He who is wise will not seek to quench his soul's infinite thirst with anything less than God himself. He will pursue with the highest passion the fullness of complete happiness. But he will direct all his soul towards Him who has all life, glory, goodness, and blessedness in Himself.