Happy Tuesday to you all! I hope your week is off to a great start. The weather is sure improving here in Indiana so that gives me one more reason to smile.
Last week we began a new series on satisfaction. If all goes according to plan we should wrap this up this week.
Isaiah 55:1-3 (NLT): “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! 2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. 3 “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.”
1. Are you thirsty?
2. Are you relying on your own resources and abilities?
3. Are you wasting your time and resources on people and things?
4. Are you truly listening to God?
5. Do you have a relationship with God?
Last week we covered #1 and # 2, so if you would like to get caught up, just click on the links below.
Today we will tackle #3: Are you wasting your time and resources on people and things? (Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good?)
The question is simple: what are we looking to for our satisfaction? Will be satisfied once we have ample money in the bank? Once we have all our bills paid with a little leftover? How much money or material possessions will it take to make us happy? On another note, how successful do we have to be in our jobs for us to feel satisfied?
We all seem to have some sort of evasive dream we are chasing and we think that when we finally achieve the dream we will be happy. Now, that dream or desire is different for all of us. It can be money, it can be job related, a relationship, etc. But as many of us have figured out, often times when we do finally reach our dream we are still not happy. Why? Well, because true satisfaction only comes from God.
I think most Christians already know this to be true; the problem is we don’t live it. Knowing something and living something have two completely different results.
Today I would like you all to think about what it is you are seeking.
Financial security? Love? Acceptance? significance? Freedom? Peace?
Whatever it is you are looking for, I am sure it can be found in the Lord. I spent many years looking for all of the above. I only found them when I surrendered my life to Christ. I mean fully surrendered. I am not just talking about going to church and reading my Bible occasionally. I mean, a total surrender where I have given up my life to serve Christ. I honestly have never been happier, satisfied, or more at peace.
Let us remember King Solomon. King Solomon had it all: wealth, respect; women; knowledge, and wisdom, but in the end it was not enough. While he had many luxuries, it was these luxuries that ended up pulling him away from his devotion to God and he settled. A once wise and powerful King and religious leader became a builder and trader. Yes, he did great work with building cities and such, but he did nothing to lead his people in the faith. In fact, it was his doing that brought down the temple. God has promised to protect and bless Israel if Israel stayed true to Him and keep the faith, but warned if they did not He would punish Israel and the temple would be destroyed. It was through Solomon’s trading that women from different cultures came into this court and began practicing their religious beliefs. Solomon even gave in and joined them., thus breaking his deal with God.
At the end of his life, King Solomon was not a happy man. He felt nothing but emptiness. Why? Well, because, as we all know, only true satisfaction or happiness comes from God. King Solomon’s wealth, praise, and women, could never make up for what he lost when he chose his wants and desires over God.
This story should make us think. How long will we keep chasing pleasures of this world ? Yes, they may make us happy for a moment, then we are left feeling empty and we are off chasing the next thing. Are you tired? I know I was. If you are one who works all the time, what are you laboring for? Are working for the Kingdom of God? If not, maybe it is time you rearranged your priorities.
[Now, that it not to say we all shouldn’t work. Many times God uses us in our place of work. Furthermore, God funds ministries through those who work. We cannot all earn a living in ministries and those who work outside of ministry can contribute just as much if not more. Right now my husband is working hard so that I can quit my job and go into some kind of full-time ministry. In that sense he is laboring for the Kingdom of God.]
Once again, “Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good?”
Have a great day and God bless,