(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

You can find truth just about anywhere, sometimes it’s just real small blurbs that speak to your heart and mind. Most of the time these truths leave the recipient to ponder its significance. Usually I find that these truths only contain part of the truth. Of this I know, truth comes from all sorts of sources, even some that seem very unlikely. 

The musical group The Rolling Stones hit the popular music scene right around the same time that The Beatles became popular in the mid 1960s. As such they contributed to the rather rebellious counterculture of the times. And although the band had some stormy days, tenuous relationships, and some serious drug usage by band members, they managed to convey some of those truths of which we can ponder. 

In June, 1965 The Rolling Stones released their song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. It became The Rolling Stones first hit single in the USA, and made the names of the writers Keith Richards and Mick Jagger well known. Perhaps you’ve heard the song?

“I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction

‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try

I can’t get no, I can’t get no”

Then there’s also another profound song from The Rolling Stones: You Can’t Always Get What You Want. This one was also written by Mick Jaegger and Keith Richards, and was released in 1969. 

“No, you can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want

But if you try sometime you find

You get what you need”

When we encounter the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes we see the wisest of the wise also talk about satisfaction. After a long life, which took King Solomon along many different pathways, he determined that so many things in this world are meaningless. Yup, just like Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, good ‘ol King Solomon couldn’t get no satisfaction for sure. And, whatever Solomon wanted, Solomon got. Solomon had all the riches of the world at the time, he had the most beautiful kingdom on earth, he had all the power, he had all of the smarts, he had possessions beyond belief, he had any woman that he wanted, he had children. In fact Solomon had everything, and at the same time, Solomon had nothing. Yet, Solomon was not content, Solomon lacked something in his life. So in effect, Solomon, like us, couldn’t and didn’t, always get what he wanted. “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2. NIV) It was actually something that he had before, but he walked away from it, he took his eyes off of the one thing that really matters. 

Like David, like Solomon, many of us believers walk with God for a long time, but sometimes our paths wander and we lose sight of the one and only thing that can ever totally, completely satisfy us – God. We were created with a great big hole deep within ourselves and we try to fill that hole with all the things of the world – money, possessions, fame, good times, work, relationships with others. Try as we might these things can never really fulfill us. That hole that is inside of each of us is a God sized hole, and only God can fill it. All other things are diversions that can, and often do, pull us off of the path. Solomon realized that and he left wise words for us when he pointed us to the one and only: “For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy” (Ecclesiastes 2:26a, ESV)

So, Mick and Keith indeed gave us part of the truth, we can’t get no satisfaction – if we don’t look to the source of satisfaction. The only true satisfaction that we have in this life is found in God and our relationships with His Son Jesus. Be satisfied dear ones in Him, as He’s the only one who can satisfy you. 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, ESV)

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