You can say the same word with a change of intonation and it will mean something entirely different, for instance, if I looked at you with my hand on my hip and said, “Are you satisfied?” You would know that I was being sarcastic. If I rubbed my tummy after a hot fudge sundae and said with a sigh, “Now I’m satisfied“, you would know that I had probably been craving chocolate all day and finally got it. My morning coffee is probably the closest to fulfilling the “satisfied” button all day, unless I somehow miscount the scoops and made it too weak!
We can be satisfied with a job well done, or something that we have accomplished that seemed too hard to even try. There is satisfaction in winning an argument or finally saying that mean statement to someone who has hurt you, however that kind of satisfaction is an empty one and it doesn’t last and it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of the speaker.
Proverbs 12:14 From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest]. There is satisfaction in knowing that your heart is right with God.
Psalm 17:15 Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied. You can see that here he was talking about waking in death. Psalm 22:26The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever.
What do you need for your life to be fulfilled or to feel completely satisfied? Would it be money, health, or relationship? All those things are important to our life, that is true, but at the end of the day, when you lay your head on your pillow for sleep you can still have that “hole in your soul” that is not filled. I see people that over-indulge in food, drink and drugs to be satisfied and then there is the person that feels the only way to satisfy their personal need is to have sex with everyone they date, somehow feeling that the momentary closeness of two bodies making physical heat will last through the day, night or make a life. Most times when people hook up for sex only relationships, one of the parties end up devastated because they took the fleeting need of the person they had sex with as love, then when they find out that it was just that one physical act and it is over, the devastation. What I can’t figure is why it goes on over and over with the “seeker” of personal satisfaction feeling empty and used and often times accusing God of letting them down and being responsible causing for their loneliness, taking people away from them and then the inevitable question, “Why?”
There is a song we have sung so many times that says it well, “Only Jesus satisfies your soul, only He can take your life and make it whole, He’ll bring you peace you never knew, sweet love and joy and heaven too, only Jesus can satisfy your soul.” (Author un-known to me) God gave us a wonderful world in a beautiful Garden and we gave it up for “appetite” and partaking of the forbidden fruit.
Don’t give up your “garden” for the sake of any appetite, Only Jesus can satisfy your soul.