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f you have ever played Trivial Pursuit  meaning that God made it impossible for
            (with people who have not memorized  the creation (including things like wealth,
        Ithe answer cards), you know that it can  fame or power) to bring satisfaction to
        take a long time to finish a single game.  humanity. Yet these are the things we seek,
        There are 1000-piece puzzles that might  often relentlessly, somehow convincing
        take less time to complete. And, like any  ourselves that a little more money, or the
        other game, there is a winner and there  next promotion, or more recognition will
        are losers. Life can become one long game  bring the satisfaction we crave and slake
        of trivial pursuits if we lose our focus on  the thirst of our hearts. It will not happen,
        what’s  important.  Often,  we  convince  nor can it happen, because God has made
        ourselves that the things we’re chasing are  it impossible to happen! His desire is that
        worth it; and after all, no one wants to be a  this “frustration” will lead us ultimately to
        loser. We refuse to give up the chase, believ-  Him to find genuine fulfillment. But there
        ing that once we achieve the next milestone,  are far too many of us who are still will-
        we will be satisfied. But that satisfaction  ing to play Satan’s game, believing there is
        always seems to be just beyond our reach.  something better.
          Once upon a time (and this is no fairy   Our satisfaction is found alone in our
        tale), we were satisfied. God created us to  Creator and by doing His will (Psa 16:11;
        find our satisfaction in Him alone, not only  Mat 5:6; 1Ti 6:17-19). Any other pursuits,
        by communing with Him (in the Garden of  however pleasurable they may seem to
        Eden) but by doing His will and His work  be, will not grant lasting fulfillment to the
        (Adam and Eve were to exercise dominion  human soul because God has subjected the
        over the creation). For what appears to  creation to frustration … for now. Paul adds
        have been a very brief period of time, hu-  that God did this “in hope” (Rom 8:20), or
        manity did find satisfaction alone in God.  rather, in the certainty that Christ will ul-
          But the promise of something better, as  timately bring the creation and the Creator
        strange as that may sound, was offered.  back together. Only then will the creation
        Satan,  through  the  serpent,  deceitfully  bring us satisfaction because God Himself
        promised Adam and Eve that they could  will fill every part of it. There will be no
        be made like God Himself (Gen 3:5) so long  prohibitions, no possibilities of failure nor
        as they “played along.” But it was no game,  the presence of the devil to mar it again.
        and the results were devastating. They ate   But that day has not arrived. Until it
        the forbidden fruit, Satan’s promise proved  does, may we have the wisdom to end
        to be false, and a separation occurred be-  the game of trivial pursuits and “pursue
        tween the Creator and His creation.   righteousness, godliness, faith, love, stead-
          Afterward, God did something we often  fastness, gentleness” (1Ti 6:11). In these
        overlook. Romans 8:20 says that “the cre-  worthy pursuits, we will find satisfaction
        ation was subjected to frustration” (NIV),  – and there will be no losers.

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