Today, many in America will sit down and feast until their hearts (and bellies) are content. We are a blessed people, and it’s good and right that we are thankful for all of God’s provision. It is good to remember that many around the world will not feast on turkey… there will not be gravy on every table. For untold millions, their bellies will not be satisfied. But amongst those who’s bellies are full, even multitudes of them will not be satisfied—full maybe, but not satisfied.
This sad paradox is the reality of the fallen world that we live in, and it illustrates an important spiritual principle. Real satisfaction does not come from consumption, but from the Lord.
The prophet Haggai spoke to the nation, because of their neglect of the God:
“You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.” – Haggai 1:6
It is possible to have everything you need to sustain life, but never enough to make you truly satisfied.
Jesus presents a radically different proposition. He not only offers satisfaction, he delivers it! With Him, spiritual satisfaction is guaranteed. Jesus said: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” -Matthew 5:6
The Apostle Paul wrote about his own experience with satisfaction… “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” -Philippians 4:11
Whether filled or hungry, Paul knew a contentment that was beyond physical, it was supernatural.
Remember the loaves and the fishes? The multitudes shared very little actual food. Their plates were not “full”, nevertheless, the scripture says: “They all ate and were satisfied” -Mark 6:42 Not only that,… there were 12 baskets of leftovers.
When we have a right relationship with Jesus, He gives to us a satisfaction that is beyond physical provision, beyond a temporary contentment, but a lasting, sustaining provision of Spiritual life. He Himself is the bread of life (John 6:48), and He alone Has the Living Water (John 4:10)
Today, let’s feast! Let’s feast in thankfulness for all of His provision! Let us eat of Him and drink of Him, and be truly satisfied, because with Him, satisfaction is guaranteed!