Have you ever wanted something so much you could almost taste it? When you get it, you’re temporarily satisfied, perhaps even elated. But it doesn’t take long for the feeling to pass.
The problem is not with the achievement but with how we value it. Things that we want will never satisfy our deepest needs. In fact, they often fail to satisfy the superficial reasons we wanted them in the first place.
There are countless stories about people with good health, lots of money, good looks, and everything else most think is valuable, yet they’re sad and depressed, sometimes fatally so. The things we’d like to own may be fine, but they’re temporary. They’re to be owned and used, not to own and use us.
The Scripture below isn’t saying that our desires, per se, are bad. It teaches us that the foundation of our souls’ desires are spirit-oriented. Physical things will never satisfy us until and unless our inner self finds satisfaction. That satisfaction comes from God, not money, things, or anything else that is perishable.
I don’t see anything in Scripture that says things are innately evil. Nor does it tell us to live in loneliness or poverty. It simply teaches that nothing really satisfies unless our souls themselves find satisfaction in the Lord.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33