The 2015 recipients of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine, Wm. Campbell and Satoshi Omura, were recognized for their 1970’s era discovery of a special class of drugs that fight the world’s most vicious tropical diseases: lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis.
Even though the scientists discovered the treatment back in the 70’s, millions of people are still affected annually. Why? The treatments developed merely treat the symptoms of the disease, doing nothing to eliminate the parasites that cause the disease.
Campbell and Omura’s work is stellar, and foundational for future discoveries, but the task remains for others to find an actual cure rather than simply treating the symptoms.
So often in life we struggle with a spiritual malaise that causes a dissatisfaction with life, a discontentment with the way we are living.
The world offers a myriad of palliatives, but they all treat the symptoms, not the real problems. Consequently, people self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, they chase after illusive dreams of fame or wealth, or strive to deaden their senses through thrill seeking adventures or hedonistic pursuits.
None of that ultimately works. Because at the end of it you are left with yourself, and that is precisely the problem.
Life lived without God at the center of it all is ultimately unfulfilling. We were wired, according to Augustine, with a space exclusively designed for God. We may try to stuff it with all sorts of others stuff, but nothing actually fits the space and fills the longing except God.
That is the reason the first priority for living is to seek God.
More about this each week in worship.