Wednesday, June 23, 2010


WHAT GIVES YOU SATISFACTION? Doing a good job? Earning a good living? Doing good for the less fortunate? Knowing that your spouse or a loved one cares about you?

In the recent YOUR OPINION MATTERS POLL, I polled the readers the following question: "What brings you satisfaction?" The top 3 answers were...

1. 67% responded and said that they get satisfaction from helping others.
2. 44% voted and said that their satisfaction comes from doing a good job.
3. 14% replied and said that a tall glass of iced tea brings satisfaction.

Many times we seek our satisfaction in other people and other things. And I would have to agree with the poll this week and say that I too find satisfaction in all 3 of the top answers. But many times I have also found disappointment from the very thing that also satisfies me from time to time.

In my walk with God, I have found that it is in Him that my true satisfaction comes from. Serving Him is not a part time acquisition. Setting my mind and heart on Him every single day is what satisfies my soul. He alone can satisfy. In others, there seems to be conditions of our limit of being satisfied. But God satisfies even when all else fails us.

Everyday I place expectations on people around me. Sometimes they meet them and most of the time they do not. In all honesty, we as humans, can never really totally satisfy all the demands put on us. The demands go unmet for various reasons, but mainly because some of our demands are unreasonable and partly because we are human.

The only one who can completely satisfy is God. Whoever approaches Him with total dependence each day will find out just how dependable He is.

No-one else can give us such satisfaction.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6,7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

How difficult is it for us to trust God to supply all of our needs? The story of the Samaritan woman displays how we try to meet our needs with other things. (John 4:10) The woman who had tried getting her needs met through a string of failed relationships, found herself at the well with a empty water bucket and an empty life. She arrived at the well broken and desperately in need. But the water she found at the well was much more than what she had expected. In Christ she found what He called the "Living Water" to quench a thirst that she had like no other.

This is the kind of satisfaction I desire. The kind that God offers that never quits giving or refreshing. It offers complete satisfaction!


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Wanda said...

Laurie, I enjoyed this so much. This year God has been focusing my eyes on substitute water sources we often use rather than going to the ultimate thrist quencher-Jesus. Relying on anything else to bring us complete satisfaction will only leave us parched again.