Proverbs 27:20 “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”
We all have something after which we lust. Some lusts conflict with holy living and draw us to desire. We continuously return, thinking we will reach a stage of satisfaction. Yet, it eludes us.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”
The process by which our enemy tempts us to sin is not new.
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
We are tempted, then drawn away, and lust awakes. When lust conceives or bears fruit, we sin. If sin goes unconfessed, it will ultimately bring forth death.
Some will justify their sin and say, “I’m only hurting myself,” totally bypassing the hurt God feels when we choose to sin. Some may desire the pleasure of their sin more than holiness thinking that will satisfy them.
We shy away from what God calls success because we have been unable to achieve it independently. Others will give themselves over to do whatever it takes to succeed, even compromising their character and testimony.
So, what should satisfy us?
The sweet psalmist, David, tells us:
Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”
Our God brings satisfaction to the hungry and thirsty of souls.
Psalm 107:8-9 “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
Again in Psalms, we read:
Psalm 107:9 “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
The key is in what we honestly long.
Is it a worldly success? Is it a large bank account? Will fame and fortune satisfy us like we think it can? We need only look to Hollywood to see that neither will bring any lasting joy, peace, or happiness.
Divorce, abuse, drug addiction, and worse are plastered all over the tabloids. It is truly no place for the child of God, nor upon which to set our hearts.
We need to long for that which God tells us to desire.
Psalm 37:3-5 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Some mistakenly interpret this verse to mean that trusting and delighting in God promises receipt of all I would desire. In the process of enjoying myself in the Lord, He then gives what I should want. Committing my way unto Him will assure that I accept His offer in complete gratitude.
This week, we may check our desires with God to see if they are right and in line with His will for our lives. That way, we can be satisfied with our station and place with God.
May we pray to be satisfied with where God puts us and not want to be more than He deems right.