Thursday, November 21, 2019

Our Source Of Satisfaction

"The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above."
Proverbs 14:14 (NKJV)

Have you ever done something that you thought would be great, but afterwards you realized it was not so great?  Maybe you heard about a restaurant that supposedly had some wonderful food, but after you went there and had your meal you felt less than happy about the experience.  Or maybe someone told you about a certain place to visit or take a vacation that they claimed was the best thing ever.  But once you visited the place you were a bit disappointed because what you experienced did not match your expectation.

Many people try different things to bring a sense of well-being and happiness into their life only to feel less than satisfied.  Proverbs 14:14 informs us about "the backslider in heart" being filled, or satisfied, with his own ways.  This person's life is filled with things based on their own endeavors.  But, we are also told that a good man is satisfied from above.  One person unsuccessfully tries to satisfy themselves while the other relies on God as their source of satisfaction.

Jesus made an interesting comment to His disciples in John 4:34 when they asked Him about having something to eat.  Jesus said He had something to eat that they did not know about.  He went on to say that His food was to do the will of God.  Jesus was really saying the same thing as Proverbs 14:14, Jesus found His satisfaction in doing the will of God, this is the only true source of satisfaction.  If we want to live a successful, satisfying life we have to realize it will only come from committing to and doing the will of God, nothing else will really satisfy us.

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