Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Where do you get satisfied?

This past week had a general theme to it: where do we go for comfort? My first encounter last week with the topic of comfort was in 1 Corinthians 1 and I subsequently wrote The gift of comfort – pay it forward. The idea here was that God works through fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage, minister, and comfort each other. I then experienced a moment of temptation to find comfort from the world (movies and shopping) at the tail end of a “stressful” couple of days. I wrote about this experience in What happened when a stressed-out guy read his Bible. Finally, I attended a leadership meeting Sunday night where one of the two primary discussion questions was “do you find your satisfaction in God”. This topic of satisfaction is essentially the same thing I was contemplating all week. Comfort and satisfaction can often be synonymous.

I desire to find every ounce of satisfaction only from the Lord. It is the only satisfaction that truly satisfies. If we look for it from the world we will continually find ourselves singing the Rolling Stones hit “I can’t get no satisfaction”. I was at a pastors gathering last year here in Phoenix and John Piper was the keynote speaker. I recall an interesting conversation that he had with Wayne Grudem and Darryl DelHousaye. John couldn’t figure out how the other two could spend so much time on the golf course. He didn’t say or imply that golf is evil or wrong. John wasn’t trying to judge his two friends. He just couldn’t understand how they would give up time with God, time in his Word, and ministry opportunities for hitting around a little white ball. He made a similar comment about how so many men will spend such a huge chunk of their weekends watching sports. He couldn’t reconcile how that could provide any true satisfaction. He was sincere. He wasn’t trying to be a party pooper.

Here’s the deal: God has prepared an incredible feast, complete with the finest delicacies, a smorgasbord that completely satisfies in all ways. However, many are ruining their appetites by stopping off at McDonalds on their way to the feast. They are filling up on stuff that doesn’t truly satisfy and isn’t the best. In fact, too much of this stuff can actually kill you. We need to only accept the real deal. No more temporary satisfaction that the world peddles. We need to only dine on what the Lord is serving up. So, where are you going to get satisfied? Where do you turn for satisfaction? My prayer is that I would always turn to God. The only one who truly satisfies.

1 comment:

Gord said...

Eric, this is so true. How often do we run to things or people other than God to find comfort or satisfaction. Yet, the very one we should run to is waiting every second to comfort us. In fact, he is called "The Comforter." Jesus loves us and has sent his Spirit to comfort us. Yet, as doubtful disciples, we continually to seek comfort elsewhere. Be it our jobs, ministry, our spouse, friends, TV, whatever it may be. All those things are good but if we put them before God then we are committing idolatry, are we not? I believe all of us are guilty of this in some degree. Thanks for reminding me of this important truth today.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows."
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)