I admire people who can just take a taste of something and stop. I have a friend who can take three small chocolate morsels out of the Nestle’s bag, drop them in her mouth and be totally satisfied with her “sweet moment.” Not me!
I eat popcorn by the fistful. I am not happy unless my mouth is stuffed full with those popped delights. I am not satisfied with a two-minute phone conversation with a loved one. I want 30-minutes of face time. A three-day vacation doesn’t make my heart sing. I need at least a week out under the stars for my soul to be refreshed.
Truth is, I am not easily satisfied. And that’s not a good thing. So, I really appreciated the lesson from our message this past Sunday.
While it is easy to be consumed with “lesser things,” (things like climbing the corporate ladder, moving to a bigger house, taking a longer vacation, watching our kids go off to a prestigious college) nothing and no one will ever truly satisfy our souls except for the Lord Jesus.
About a hundred years ago, a music teacher turned pastor, Benjamin McKinney wrote the hymn, “Satisfied with Jesus.” In part, the lyrics say:
I’m satisfied with Jesus, He’s everything to me;
He saved my soul from torment, and awful misery;
He gave me peace and gladness, yea, more than I deserved,
And since my Savior found me, Him I have gladly served.
I’m satisfied with Jesus, I find He’s all I need,
He healed me soul and body, and makes me whole indeed;
He gives me food and raiment, yes, all I eat and wear;
He beareth all my burdens, my sorrows, and my care.
You and I are living in a moment of time that is defined by chaos and confusion. We are anxious, fearful and angry. We long for peace, stability, calm and comfort. We desperately want our needs and expectations met. That is the textbook definition of wanting to be “satisfied.” The term comes from 2 Latin words that mean “to make enough.” We all want ENOUGH.
So, let’s all recognize that Christ indeed makes everything enough. We have enough direction, we have enough energy, we have enough peace and we have enough resources. We just need to remind ourselves and be satisfied.
Let’s focus on Psalm 107:8-9 this week: “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things!”