On May 6, 1965, The Rolling Stones played to about 3,000 people at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida while on their first US tour. According to an article in the St. Petersburg Times, about 200 young fans got in an altercation with a line of police officers at the show, and The Stones made it through just four songs as chaos ensued. That night, Keith Richards woke up in his hotel room with the guitar riff and lyric "Can't get no satisfaction" in his head. He recorded it on a portable tape deck, went back to sleep, and brought it to the studio that week.
It was Mick Jagger who went on to write the remaining lyrics except the line “Can’t get no satisfaction.” (Ironically the phrase, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," is grammatically incorrect. It's a double negative and really means, "I Can Get Satisfaction.") The lyrics deal with what Jagger saw as the two sides of America, the real and phony. He sang about a man looking for authenticity but not being able to find it. Jagger experienced the vast commercialism of America in a big way on their tours, and later learned to exploit it, as The Rolling Stones made truckloads of money through sponsorship and merchandising in the US.
Interestingly enough, nearly 5,000 years before The Rolling Stones, the wisest man to ever live, Solomon, came to a similar conclusion that “Everything is meaningless” (Ecc. 1:1). Fast forward to the present, we live in a world where marketing companies spend millions to promise happiness, but what they are really selling is dissatisfaction. Our entire economy is predicated upon this! If we could truly be satisfied, we would no longer need the products and services that they are selling. If we were really satisfied, we’d have no need to eat again once our bellies have been filled and we’d have no need move again once our homes have been identified.
What is it about us that we can’t be satisfied? Lewis Caroll once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” The biggest problem with this dilemma is that if you don’t know where you’re going, and you take “any” road, you won’t actually know when you get “there”! But what if… what if everyone actually had a universal longing/pull in the same direction? Solomon suggested that we do share a common longing, for God has put eternity in our hearts (Ecc. 3:11). What we long for may not be things, but relationship with our maker. He went on to conclude that the meaninglessness and dissatisfaction can ultimately be found in our maker: The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecc. 12:13)
Solomon took one for the team and pointed the spotlight on himself to show that our world’s pursuits lead us down a dead end when done apart from God. This can sound like a sobering message, but it’s encouraging when we realize that it points us back to God as our provider and the one who guides our lives. We’ve had an amazing month of Sundays where we discussed what it means to live wisely. But if we failed to miss Solomon’s point, each of these awesome sermons (need for wisdom, finances and marriage) would fall short.
So, if we want the tune of our lives to be different than “Can’t get no satisfaction”, let’s ensure we keep Jesus at the center of it all, especially living wisely!
I’d like to share a song that has been capturing my heart lately, it’s really simple but it’s been helping to keep my thoughts fixed on Jesus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6JYHnMsqp0
Jesus at the center of all,