There’s a part of you and me that wants to be satisfied. We want to push back from the table after a big juicy meal and say, “I’m stuffed.” But we don’t stop there. We want this feeling to last forever. We know we can’t have it, but we dream of it. And some of us work like dogs thinking we’ll get there.
I remember I used to be obsessed with taking vacations. I planned and dreamed for months about the trips. I lived for them, but I wasn’t really living. Even millionaire workaholics can be seduced by this dream, but something is always just out of reach.
There are moments when we think we have satisfaction. Maybe you got a big bonus or close a business deal. Things are going well economically. So you relax. You let your guard down.
You can never be satisfied.
Life is struggle. Life is hard. And it’s glorious.
It was springtime when King David let his guard down. His armies were crushing it. He stayed back from the battle. Life was good. David lazily arose from his couch, strolled around, and saw a beautiful woman bathing. This led to adultery and murder. Why? David rested in his worldly success. He was satisfied — but the beast never gets full.
Remember the rich man in Luke 12 who accumulated a huge amount of grain? He was satisfied and said:
“And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
The concept of satisfaction is purely spiritual. Even if you are poor and struggling it can mesmerize you. You chase it relentlessly like a man obsessed.
If you are never satisfied you stay faithful. Sounds like a contradiction, right? But think about it in a spiritual sense. Never believe that you’ve “made it” or that you ever will make it spiritually. Material success often leads to this kind of spiritual laziness.
You will never “make it” spiritually. Not in this life at least.
When things go well, double down. Dig even deeper into your faith. You’ll discover you’ve only scratched the surface. This is what I mean by being faithful — be faithful to seeking God. Let that be your relentless mission.
This is a sign of true love. It’s a godly sign. It means a love that’s never satisfied. It means you work, you wait, and you struggle for as long as it takes. This is how God’s love works.
Have you been waiting for someone to change? How long? Don’t be satisfied, especially not with failure. Double down. If they finally do come around, don’t rest on this. Move to the next challenge. Don’t sit back and get lazy. Return to the front. Be a soldier king, not an unfaithful one. Stay battle ready.
Yes, you can take breaks and vacations. You can, and should, have time to relax. But do not let your soul rest in these things. It’s not all bad though. It’s not all suffering, struggle, and pain. There is rest.
Think about the promise of the coming of Christ. What does this do for you? When you reach deep into this truth, and it conquers your heart — how does any worldly satisfaction even compare? Rest in God’s promises. For they are eternal and give you a STRENGTH and CONSISTENCY to face any crisis. I don’t care how rich or how spiritually grounded you are, you will always face battles. Always be prepared. Your work is not done yet. STAY HUNGRY.
When the fighting gets bloody and dirty and long, any past notion of satisfaction will vanish. If I rest on past victories, I get slaughtered.
Instead, rest on the Rock that is Christ. Be fed on the Bread. Only on him. Nothing else can give your soul rest. Even in the most intense battle where your life hangs in the balance, this place of rest is immovable.
I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
This rich dichotomy — life struggle vs. heavenly rest — this divine tension keeps you robust and alive. It gives you a faith strong enough to move mountains.
Believe in the unbelievable. Christ will come again. Even if God wanted to he could not destroy this hope as Christ is your hope:
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
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