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Being Satisfied

February 10th, 2014

“[God blesses] those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.” Matthew 5:6 TEV.

God can satisfy what would otherwise be insatiable.

My thoughts and comments today are about “being satisfied.”

What is better than satisfaction? Contentment and satisfaction is God’s intention for you. “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness . . You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” Psalm 107:9 NKJV/145:16 NIV. Everyone looks for satisfaction, but fulfillment can seem elusive. That occurs because people look for the wrong things, or for the right things in the wrong places. Your spirit is eternal and not satisfied with what is only temporal.

In our study of the Beatitudes, you have found God has gracious promises for an exemplary life that is “real, compassionate, and submissive.” Let’s go a bit further. (4) “Being satisfied.” To those who desire only what pleases God, satisfaction is assured and ample. “[God blesses] those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully.” Matthew 5:6 TEV. What God requires is no mere suggestion. Satisfaction is certain when your greatest pleasure and passion is to please God first and fully. Dissatisfaction warns you of trusting the wrong things for fulfillment; when dissatisfied, examine the origin and nature of your strongest desires.

Satisfaction is not found in what you have or how much; it is found when your search leads you to the best of things at the right Source. Isaiah asks a piercing question, “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Read Isaiah 55:1-3 NIV. Why indeed? To perpetually waste effort, energy, and expense on what is ultimately disappointing is foolish, not wise. Be sure of this, more of what doesn’t satisfy is never going to satisfy. Habits, and even addictions, occur from one’s futile attempts to gratify desires or ambitions that are insatiable apart from God. Whatever you think you lack, life is full when you discover that God Himself is enough.

My Dad gave me good advice, “First things first, every time.” Success, as well as satisfaction, begin with Godly desires and those result in Godly priorities. “Be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what He requires of you, and He will provide you with all these other things.” Matthew 6:33 TEV.

Jesus’ promise is true; for those who hunger and thirst passionately for what is righteous, God will satisfy them fully.” No disclaimers needed nor exceptions. God can satisfy what would otherwise be insatiable. Passionately desire what God desires and absolute fulfillment results, whatever your circumstance. “The Lord . . will satisfy your needs . . You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11 NIV.

Satisfaction is never found in the quantity of what you have but in its quality and durability. Stuff provides an illusion temporarily; God alone satisfies enduringly. ”In righteousness, I will see your face . . I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” Psalm 17:15 NIV. The ultimate satisfaction will be when face to face forever, you will be satisfied in His abiding presence and eternal provision.

My prayer for you today is that you will know a heavenly contentment of heart.

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