Shared May 25th, 2014
A. ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH YOUR LIFE?
Millions today are not satisfied with their lives. Many are confused. Many are restless. Many are in abject turmoil. Many are terrified and petrified for anything or nothing. When something terrible or negative happens, many even ask the question, “Why me? What did I do to deserve this? Where is God?”
Right now at this stage in your life, what are you satisfied with?
Your job? Your family? Your wealth? What are you satisfied with? Maybe you are facing many challenges and problems in your life right now. And maybe you have prayed and prayed and prayed but God hasn’t come through. Maybe when you look around, others seem to be doing so very well and you can’t understand it. Perhaps when you meet others, they tell you how God has been answering their prayers left and right. So you feel like you have not been praying enough; thus, you intensify your prayers. But then anytime you get home or when you wake up in the mornings, you are reminded of the terrible things you are going through. Everything seems bleak, even when you have God in the picture. So let me ask, “What are you looking for?” The prospect of a great job fills you with some kind of satisfaction. But after you get the job, the people there begin to deal with you in a manner that is outrageous and suddenly, you wished you had another job; you just want out! Or maybe for you, you are searching for romance, the right person or for your spouse to “change” the way he/she does this or that. But how quickly that satisfaction can wear off. You find out he’s cheating. You find out she can’t manage the household finances. You find out she or he is not what you thought. You see, we are almost always left asking for more. And when more doesn’t work, we begin to blame God. We forget what we have.
B. IS MANKIND SATISFIED WITH LIFE?
Look at this, Adam and Eve: Even though they had everything the Garden of Eden had to offer, they were not satisfied. Therefore they decided to disobey God and eat of the one lone tree that God specifically told them not to touch.
What about Judas Iscariot? We spoke about him just this past Easter. He was not satisfied to enjoy fellowship with God who had come down in the flesh; he loved the things of the flesh vis-à-vis God in the flesh. Instead, he preferred power and wealth. He got all that he wanted then, belatedly, he realized: I don’t need this! The result? Suicidal death was his reward. And death is always yawning for more bodies. Death is never satisfied.
We also forget what the Bible says, that “Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.” (Proverbs 27:20)
(a) This verse is telling us that death is never satisfied.
The grave is always swallowing up people and will always yearn for more. Look at these 2010 statistics, which indicate that even though about 140.4 million people are born each year, 56.7 million die annually. That is why the grave is not clogged with all the multitude of dead bodies that have, and are daily thrown into it. From the dawn of time, the grave has and is still an open sepulchre.
(b) The verse also says, that “the eyes of man are never satisfied”
Do you know what it means? Anything we see, we want. In other words, sin is insatiable. That’s why we are jealous of others. That’s why we covet, steal and even kill. That’s why we are in debt, trying to have what we can’t afford. The eyes are never full. Like death, the eyes are insatiable, just like destruction. But those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord are satisfied in Him, and shall for ever be so.
(c) Now, the same verse also speaks of destruction.
And destruction comes in many forms. For example, divorce. Look at what divorce does to love; it destroys love; it destroys families and it mars, scars and destroys children. War is also destructive. In fact war is all about destruction. A wandering eye brings destruction to a family. Greed and murder bring destruction. Just like death, destruction is all around us. So destruction, like death is never satisfied.
From the Garden of Eden to today, mankind has never been satisfied. And as a result, there’s been destruction all over and throughout the ages. Like death mankind always wants more, even if it is at the expense of others. Why can’t we be satisfied? Why do we always want more and more? Like Isaiah 55: 2 asks, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”
C. ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH GOD?
We forget the Bible’s, encouragement to us, that “I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10 NIV)
You see, we judge God by what we consider to be His “performance” and we do so, depending on how satisfied we are with our lives, our wants. God is most glorified in us when we are satisfied in Him.
Beloved, God is the reason for our existence.
The Word says, Revelation 4:11 says, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Do you see that, the last sentence? “and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Isaiah 55:6, says, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” It also says, Deuteronomy 6:5, which Jesus quoted in Matthew 22:37, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
So we can never be truly satisfied without knowing Him. But usually to find satisfaction, we try everything except God! Meanwhile, look at what Scripture says “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” Psalm 16:11 . That is why Paul says I have learnt in whatever state I am to be content, Philippians 4:11. So as is obvious, we have to be satisfied with God. He makes all things to work together for good, for those who love Him, who are the called according to His purpose.
Being satisfied with God is, should be our duty!
This is the most basic thing and so if we are not satisfied with or in God then we have a serious problem. For example, look at the blood that He shed on Calvary! What He went through for mankind’s salvation!
Being satisfied with God is not a suggestion but a command
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord” then it adds, “He shall give you the desires of your heart”. Likewise, these verses that say “Serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2) and “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). You see, we are so caught up in the temporal blessings when we should rather be focusing on what is not seen. But that is the message of the “name it and claim it” preachers who dwell on nothing else but material things; but it is more than that.
Being Satisfied with God Demonstrates Our Blessings.
Look with me at Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Do you notice how the apostle Paul begins with blessings and three times in one verse he uses the same word? Yes, there are at least 3 kinds of blessings: The Temporal Blessings, The Spiritual Blessings, and The Eternal Blessings. Let us look at this verse closely.
As pastor, my responsibility is to make it plain to you and others that the Lord’s “loving-kindness is better than life” (Psalm 63:3) and that this is what we have to be satisfied in, His loving-kindness. And if it is better than life, then it is better than all that life in this world offers. This means that what satisfies is not the gifts of God but giving the glory to God: the glory of His love, the glory of His power, the glory of His wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
We shall continue next week, as the Lord lives. Amen. Shall we pray.