Friday, January 21, 2011

Satisfaction Guaranteed

In this last week or two, several little conversations have sprung up with completely different people regarding satisfaction ... or dissatisfaction rather. It seems that we human beings struggle to be satisfied. I am sure that either you or someone you know as experienced some of the following...

When it’s hot, they wish it were cold. When it’s cold, they wish it were hot. People with straight hair wish they had curly hair. Curly haired people wish their hair was straight. When someone's out of work, they are desperate to find a job. Others who have a job, wish they didn't have to work. Those in school are longing to finally finish. Those who aren't students are wishing they could be in school. Single people want to be married. Married people miss the single life. People with roommates wish they could live alone. People who live alone, wish they had a roommate.

The dissatisfaction list goes on and on and on. That old saying has some truth to it – the grass is always greener on the other side. But, the reality is, like my good friend P says, you gotta mow the grass either way. The truth of the matter is that, though we find temporal satisfaction in relationships and opportunities and experiences, the greatest and deepest satisfaction can only be found in Jesus. That dissatisfaction we all feel is actually a good thing, as long as it leads us to hunger and thirst after God.

I love Psalm 63…

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.
They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

David wrote this psalm while in the Desert of Judah. At a dangerous time, when his life was on the line, David was able to find satisfaction in God in a desert. SATISFACTION. He skipped survival mode and went straight to the one who would satisfy his deepest needs. His body longed for God and his soul clung to Him. With his whole being, he sought the Lord earnestly. And the Lord’s right hand upheld him, protecting him and satisfying his soul.

I don’t know about you all, but I have been found in a desert place on multiple occasions. And God, in His love and faithfulness, has always brought me through. It’s easy though, when in survival mode, to just ask God for enough to get by, when meanwhile, He wants to truly satisfy us in our souls.

Are you experiencing dissatisfaction in your life? Don’t feel condemned if you are. Condemnation will keep us focused on ourselves instead of hungering after God. It’s good and right to have a hunger in your soul. We just need to remember that our only truly satisfaction is found in our Lord and Savior. Jesus said in Luke 6:21, “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.” He didn't say you might be satisfied, but you will be satisfied. I have a deep desire to be wholly satisfied in God, deeper than I did a year ago or even a month ago. The fact that I don’t feel satisfied means I just need to do as David did... remember God, what He has done. Sing in the shadow of His wings. Let my soul cling to Him and praise Him. Remember that His love is better than life. And, expect more than survival, but expect His satisfaction. Nothing compares to our great God.

"Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied."

That’s a promise straight from Jesus. Satisfaction Guaranteed.