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The Lord Alone Satisfies

Posted Friday, April 13, 2012, at 9:18 AM

I remember a popular song I used to sing titled, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction." The words go on to say, "Cause I try and I try and I try. I can't get no, I can't get no ... SATISFACTION."

To be satisfied is to express the idea of being fulfilled. Although this word is often used in reference to eating, the true sense of the word is used to indicate God satisfying His people by supplying material, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.

Too often, we confuse what we need with what we want. The secular world is never truly satisfied with what they think they need to become happy. "Keeping up with the Jones" leads to unhealthy striving. One begins to strive for an unrealistic goal that cannot be accomplished unless going into debt, acting immorally, or using others to get there. Soon after all the struggling, life becomes exhausting. Like running on a treadmill but going nowhere. This all leads to no real satisfaction. I am here to tell you that the Lord alone can satisfy and meet every need. He is in the business of and desires to satisfy you. He wants to fulfill that which is lacking in your life so you will "thirst no more" (John 4:14).

Picture yourself at mealtime. When you eat the food in front of you, you stop when you've had enough. Your belly is full and you've been satisfied. However, sometimes you get a second helping, not because you haven't had enough but simply because you want more.

There is a difference between a want and a need. Just because you want a second portion, doesn't necessarily mean you need a second portion. Many times we become gluttonous and begin to grow an appetite that is unsatisfiable. This is the essence of where idolatry begins. Yet, still, God offers himself to us, and promises to satisfy us.

Satisfaction in the secular sense, can never be obtained. No doubt the Rolling Stones were expressing their true feelings while writing their song. Maybe Mick Jagger and his fellow band members will finally find that satisfaction they are looking for. Maybe, they won't. The truth is, the Lord alone can satisfy.

"Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord...Who satisfies...with good, so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle's."

(Psalm 103:1,5 AMP)

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .

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