The Only Satisfaction
Are you feeling discontented? Many of us are desperately seeking for the person, place or thing that will meet our expectations, needs and wants. But will these truly satisfy our heart?
As young children, we think that by pestering our parents to buy the toy we want, we would be content. As we grow up to become teenagers, good grades and accomplishments seem to be what most of us are seeking after. Then when we enter into adulthood, we think that an expensive car, a good spouse, or a big house would finally meet our desires. But very often, what all these do is leave us wanting more.
We must be extremely careful when it comes to handling our personal desires, because when we try to fill the void in our heart with temporal things, it leaves us feeling empty and disappointed. Dissatisfaction in life may often lead us to commit various wrongdoings. The world tells us that you are successful if you have money and status, if you have friends, if you are well-liked. But this lie has deceived us into pursuing the things of this world, and when we find that it seems like we are not able to meet our desires, we may resort to sinful indulgence like drug abuse, sexual immorality, or senseless entertainment.
So why then do the things of this world not satisfy us? Well, that is because we do not belong here forever, our eternal home is in Heaven. Our hearts have a God-sized void that only God can fill and fully satisfy. Every other thing pales in comparison and is only a temporary fix to the deepest desire of our heart. Jesus Christ is our ONLY true satisfaction.
John 6:35 (NKJV)
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
We hunger and thirst for so many things, but God says that he who goes to Him shall never hunger, and he who believes in Him shall never thirst. We were created by God for His glory and a life apart from Him is meaningless. We were created by Him to be loved by Him and to love Him.
Isaiah 43:7 (NKJV)
Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
Our satisfaction comes by seeking joy in Christ alone, and through it, God is glorified. We enjoy the blessings of knowing and loving God, and delighting ourselves in Him. Our Heavenly Father gives us all that we need and we lack nothing when we seek Him. He is enough for us and is better than anything this world can offer us. By finding our fulfillment and contentment in Christ, we are glorifying Him and proclaiming to this world in need that only Christ can satisfy us.
I used to have the mentality that I needed to read the Bible more and pray more so that I could make my Heavenly Father happy, and I do not think it is wrong to seek to please God, but I think that God desires us to be truly satisfied in Him, and it is in that satisfaction that He is pleased and happy with us.
There is this thing about true joy that is dynamic. It is expansive in nature. When we are truly contented in Christ and satisfied in Him, we won’t keep it to ourselves; we won’t bottle up our affection towards Him. It will be too much to contain that it will overflow and spill over into the lives of those around us. We won’t be able to hold back that joy!
Imagine you are a father, and you have a son you love very much. Then someone comes along and tells you that you can have all the pleasure in loving and delighting in your son but you can’t express it in any way. I am sure you are not going to be happy about such a condition. The mere expression of our joy in God is a joy in itself! Our joy increases as we extend it to others. My gladness becomes bigger when it becomes your gladness.
1 Peter 1:8 (ESV)
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.
When we do not expand our joy in God into the lives of others, the joy eventually stagnates and starts to fade. You can’t hoard God for yourself, because when you try to do so, you start to lose joy in Him. Your joy in the Lord must be shared. God desires that for us, so that others may come to know Him.
I pray this devotional will motivate you to not only find your satisfaction in Christ, but to freely express it, holding nothing back. May your fullness and joy be found in Him and in your expression and sharing of this joy.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that only You can fill the void in my heart, only You can satisfy me. Let me not pursue material or temporal things of this world that will fade, but let me hunger and thirst for You and be filled. Father, search my heart and make all things in me right with You, lead me back onto Your paths of righteousness. Let my joy be made full in the expression of my affection towards You. Let me tell the world of Your goodness, Your love and Your great work at the Cross. I praise You and give You thanks, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”