Satisfaction; February 1, 2018

Isaiah 55:1-2 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

This whole chapter has had many songs made from it, and I can’t read it without them running through my mind. That’s not a bad thing! The one based on these first two verses isn’t so widely known, and I honestly have no idea who the composer is, but I like it just the same. The words here bring to mind several other Scriptures, in particular John 4, where Jesus talks to the Samaritan woman about the living water He would give her. It also brings to mind Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) We tend to think of passages like this in relation to poor people, but to me this seems especially appropriate for today’s affluent, materialistic society. We seek and labor for all sorts of things, only to discover that they are ultimately unsatisfying. Only a right relationship with our Creator brings the kind of satisfaction we really seek. The devil does all he can to hide that truth from us, and sadly, he is all too successful much of the time. Jesus had the ultimate answer for this issue: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) We need all sorts of things in our lives, material and otherwise, but if our focus is on God and His kingdom, He will take care of everything we need.

The longer I walk with the Lord, the more a very few Scriptures stand out to me: Matthew 6:9-10, Matthew 6:33, and John 16:33. I love the whole Bible and read it daily, because it is incredibly rich, but those verses form a bedrock for me. I have learned that God is indeed totally satisfying, and He alone is totally satisfying. Everything else is temporal and thus temporary, and is not worth pegging my heart on. That’s not to say that I’m not to enjoy and be grateful for the abundance that God pours out on me, especially things like family and friends, but it is to say that everything must come after God in my heart, or I will be deceived. When He is indeed first, I can see things through His eyes and relate to them as He intends, which is without question the path of greatest blessing, for me and for everyone else.

Father, thank You for this reminder. You have truly been incredibly gracious toward me. Help me indeed not cling to anything but Christ, holding everything else with open hands so that You may use it as You intend, not only for my blessing and the blessing of those around me, but for Your kingdom and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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