Satisfaction! What brings you satisfaction? A job well done or maybe it’s your child doing well in school or in sports. Proverbs 13:19 says a desire accomplished is sweet to the soul! So what brings sweetness to your soul? What brings you satisfaction?
The day after Jesus fed the five thousand the crowd was seeking answers. So they asked Jesus, our fathers ate the manna from heaven, what work will you do that we may believe in you? The crowd wanted Jesus to show Himself better than Moses. They saw Jesus multiply the bread, but they thought it was Moses who gave them the manna from Heaven. They thought the manna in the desert was much greater than Jesus just multiplying the five loaves and two fish. Moses was the man in their eyes, so Jesus needed to step up His game if they were to believe in Him.
You got to admire Jesus. He always had the exact answer for all their questions. He knew their needs. He knew their desires. He knew what would bring them true satisfaction. So in John 6:32 Jesus told the crowd, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven, for the Bread of God is He who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world.
Jesus fed the five thousand; but they wanted more and more and more. They wanted Jesus to meet their physical needs and then they would be satisfied! But Jesus looked beyond the physical and into the spiritual need of man. Jesus came to give the True Bread from heaven. Jesus came to give Himself upon the cross of Calvary for the sin of all of man. Only the True Bread, only Jesus Christ can bring complete and lasting satisfaction.
King Solomon had it made. He had wealth beyond measure. He had everything one could want and then some, with too many wives and too many concubines to count almost. Yet, despite all of this, he too set out on a search for satisfaction. Imagine that, riches, honor, prestige, power, you name it … it was all at a snap of his fingers, yet there was one thing missing in his life and that was complete and lasting satisfaction.
Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, and no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
God has a plan. God has a purpose. Everything that God made and everything that happens in our lives, the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent, God is in control and He is making everything beautiful in its time. That messed up life; He is making it beautiful in its time. That messed up career; He is making it beautiful in its time. That messed up child; He is making it beautiful in its time.
So we need to rejoice and trust God, and along the way enjoy those things in life, the fruit of all our labor, our family, our friends, vacations and destinations and whatever toys we may have for these are all gifts of God. But we need to put those people those things those events in the right and proper place to find true satisfaction.
Some years ago a little girl was sick and went to the doctor. As the doctor looked her over, he looked in her ears and said will I find Big Bird in here? The girl said no. Before looking at her throat he asked will I find Cookie Monster in here. The girl replied no! Listening to her hear the asked, will I find Barney in here? The girl replied, Jesus is in my heart, Barney is on my underwear!
The little girl had it right. She wasn’t going to allow Big Bird, the Cookie Monster or Barney in her heart. Jesus, the true bread, was in her heart to give her complete and lasting satisfaction.