â€œA man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work.â€
Do you recognize that quotation?Â Do you relate to that quotation? It sounds simple enough: Somehow find the ability to lean back in your hammock on your day off and say, â€œWhat a satisfying life this is!â€
But what if your expectations for satisfaction are too high? What if they are unrealistic? What if they are wrong?Â What if they only pivot around yourself and your own ego?
What if you never find that satisfaction you seek?
Then you know how the person felt who wrote that quote.Â His name was Solomon and he wrote a book about his search for satisfaction.Â He couldnâ€™t find it either, except when he looked for his satisfaction in his God.
The Bible says about God, â€œYou open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thingâ€ (Psalm 145:16). Do you believe that?Â What about this: The Apostle Paul told a young pastor, â€œIf we have food and clothing, we will be content with thatâ€ (1 Timothy 6:8). Is that truly satisfaction â€“ simple food and clothing and contentment? How can you be truly satisfied with that?
Which is worth more â€“ simple satisfaction or sublime satisfaction?Â Which type of satisfaction do you seek?
What satisfaction do you deserve?
When God sought satisfaction from us we left him empty.Â Our lives have never lived up to the expectations of our God.Â God had every right to be dissatisfied with us, and to let us know in no uncertain terms.Â Instead, God sent his Son to completely satisfy everything he expected â€“ both a perfect life and the punishment and penalty that needed to be paid for all the times we let God down.Â Jesus paid that price on the cross.Â Jesus gave us a reason to be completely satisfied.
Satisfaction in our lives does not come because of what we do but because of what God does. He takes care of usâ€¦body and soul. He feeds us. He sent Jesus to rescue us from his great dissatisfaction over our sin, and in Jesus we receive that sublime satisfaction we seek.Â We receive the love, kindness, and comfort of our amazing God. We know his promises are sure and certain.Â He promises to be with us.Â He promises to bless the work of our hands. He promises that whatever we do for him will not be in vain.
â€œ[God] who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all â€“ how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?â€ (Romans 8:32)
Be satisfiedâ€”truly satisfiedâ€”in Jesus!