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Finding Satisfaction

April 9, 20124 Comments

Every man who knocks on a door of a brothel is looking for God. G.K Chesteron

In the very depth of us as humans we grab for things to satisfy us, just like one grasps and grabs to hold things when drowning.  Our need to be satisfied is one that we come face to face with very quickly, however we often don’t find what satisfies us.  Like drinking sugar filled soda on a hot summers day, we’re going back for more and more of what doesn’t satisfy.   What we usually try to satisfy ourselves with creates within us an appetite for it, that yells louder than the satisfaction fills.  We end up more acquainted with our need than being satisfied, so the addicts keep searching; before we came to God we were all addicts of some kind, looking for our fix.

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God… Psa 42:1-2

Our need for satisfaction cries out, but can God really be the Satisfaction we need?  Can God really fulfill the achy need inside? Yes, the same God who seeks to fill us, and dwell in us, seeks to satisfy us.

If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water. John 4:10

Jesus wanted to give her something that deeply satisfied her, after being through different husbands, which meant she was disowned and left unfulfilled, and probably some part-time lovers, which meant she was used and left unsatisfied. When she comes to the well that day, she doesn’t just meet another man, as she probably assumed, she comes to an offer that is hard to refuse.  An offer of deep, long-lasting satisfaction, not an offer of “if you give me this I’ll give you that” like most men she was around. It was a pure offer with her best interest in mind,”whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst”  I am the woman at the well, we are all the woman at the well.  We stand after having so many “lovers”, that didn’t satisfy “lovers” that couldn’t get deep enough;to soothe the inner groping of our souls!

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul… (Psa 23:1-3)

David an experienced shepherd wrote about the Great shepherd, don’t miss the point in the imagery, the psalm is about real sheep, but it’s really about a God who tends to His people. See what the shepherd does for His sheep, He tends to their needs first, He satisfies them.  Jesus is our Shepherd, He’s shepherding our souls, He wants to satisfy us.  I like to render the opening of the psalm this way, “Jesus is my Shepherd, I shall not want”.  It’s not that in life you will not find yourself needing things, but that Jesus our Shepherd wants to take care of your “neediness”, so that we can be as Paul, finding ourselves with lots of money or no money, but knowing how to live and be content (phil 4:12).  I love that last part, “He restores my soul”; it actually makes me think of slang I used growing up in Chicago, I’d often reply to my friends ” I’m spent” meaning tired, at my end, not able to play another game of football or basketball, and here Jesus promises to restore or renew our soul! He promises to refill what was spent and expended, the giver of life gives more life!  As an adults we know the many things that take from us, kids, work/ministry, spouses, and the list goes on; we can get to an end of day or week and think “I’m spent”.  Jesus our Shepherd stands to satisfy us, and to restore and replenish our souls.

Is the entertaining of the question purely for the mystics?  Heaven forbid, all who have tasted and seen that He is good, desire more of Him.  The desiring of God is an essential element found in His children, however even after coming to God and walking with Him we can attempt to fill our cups with water from other wells, we can stray off from the guidance of the Shepherd, we can end up not satisfied and trying other venues for satisfaction.  Worse yet, in our busyness of life we can go on not taking the time to be with Him to be satisfied, or to have our cups refilled and souls restored.  Let us follow the Shepherd of our souls, let us drink the water that He gives, and let us find the satisfaction and deep fulfillment that we need in Him.

For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. (Psa 107:9)

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  1. RealGOoDCup says:

    I like that! Well put!

  2. Desiray says:

    Great post… only Jesus gives us the thrist we so desparetely need. He said if any man shall thirst let him come to me and I will give him water, and he shall never thirst again. Jesus fills those empy voids we have before we accepted Him into our lives…

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