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Knowing the One Who Satisfies

I was frustrated with the way my life was going. At the time, if anyone had asked me to describe my state of mind in three words, they would have been “discontented,” “disappointed,” and “discouraged.” I felt I had done all the right stuff, but nothing was changing for the better. All I could think about was how things were not as they should be.

In the middle of that mess, the Lord revealed Himself to me as “the God Who Satisfies.” He asked me to focus more on my Promise Keeper than on the promises He had given me. And He highlighted several Bible verses to help me shift my attention off my frustrations and onto Him. One of them was Jeremiah 31:14: “… And my people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”

All of us could come up with something we’re not happy about — some of us more than others. Many Christians are frustrated and miserable, feeling there must be more to life than they are experiencing. There is a gnawing sense inside of a greater destiny, a greater purpose, but it eludes them. Maybe for you it’s not destiny, but more down-to-earth desires:

If only I had a husband (or wife). If only my marriage were better.
If only I had the job of my dreams.
If only I were doing that ministry God showed me.
If only I had children. If only my grown children paid more attention to me.

God is eager to give us many things our hearts long for. He is extremely generous. This is why He has put thousands of promises in His Word — and He wants us to have them all! Here are a few which specifically mention satisfaction:

Psalm 91:16With long life will I satisfy him….
Psalm 103:5Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 107:9For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness.

As much as the Lord wants to give us things we desire, finding satisfaction in Him needs to come first. He knows the longings of our heart. He is keenly aware of the difficult places we are in, with no relief in sight, and He is compassionate toward us concerning them. But He wants to give us light, peace, joy — even contentment — in the middle of our situation, as we learn to know Him as the God Who Satisfies.

The apostle Paul understood this truth. He told Timothy, “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). In Philippians 4:11, he said, “I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. I know both how to be abased and how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Notice that he had to learn it. It was a process for Paul.

It was a learning process for Abraham as well. Putting our satisfaction first in God does not come naturally to us. In Genesis 15:1, God approached him with this wonderful statement: “I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward.” Abraham didn’t even respond to that. He headed immediately into, “But, what will You give me, seeing I am childless …?” (v. 2).

Abraham did not at that point value intimate relationship with the Lord as much as he would later on. Yet, God was gracious toward his mindset and entered into a marvelous covenant with him. However, He also took Abraham through years of getting to know Him before the promised son arrived. In the meantime, Abraham matured to where God honored him by calling him “the Friend of God” (James 2:23; Isaiah 41:8). Becoming the friend — learning to be satisfied in the Lord — came before the other desire was fulfilled.

One of the highest honors we could ever hold is being thought of by God as His friend. There are varying levels of this. We can be a friend among many friends, who are loved and yet not particularly close to Him. Or, we can be the type of friend Abraham became — near to God’s heart, putting Him above our wants. This is the intimate friendship reserved for those who have learned to pursue Him as our deepest, most abiding satisfaction. When we do that, peace and joy rest inside us in the greatest measure possible. “All these things shall be added unto you” becomes the by-product rather than the goal (Matthew 6:33).

If you are feeling discontented or unfulfilled in some area of your life, I encourage you to ask the Lord to reveal Himself as the God Who Satisfies. He will not disappoint you, and you may be amazed at how much rosier life looks, even in the midst of your present circumstances.

Bible study

 

River Life: Entering into the Character of Jesus,
by Lee Ann Rubsam
(A Bible study for adults)

 

names of God

 

 

The Names of God,
by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

Full Gospel Family E-Books

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The Intercessor Manual — Everything (at least, all I could think of) you would want to know about intercession, jam-packed into one book.

 

 

Hotline to Heaven: Hearing the Voice of God — Simple, practical info to help you hear God better and more often.  This book is also fully included in The Intercessor Manual, so if you get the manual, you won’t need this version, but if you just want the hearing God info without all the intercessor stuff, this is for you.

 

How to Pray and Read the Bible — For new believers and for the Christian who has struggled with maintaining consistent prayer and Bible reading habits — practical tips to get you started and to keep you going in consistent prayer and Bible-reading habits.

 

The Names of God — We have had over 1,000,000 visitors to our free list on our web page.  The web page doesn’t have the Bible references — but this book does!  Use the Names of God in worship and to increase your understanding of the nature of our wonderful Lord.

 

God’s Word on Healing — God still heals today, and this small booklet will help. Many times, when we are in the midst of a crisis, it is hard to find where the Bible verses are which apply to our situation. That’s why I have compiled for you  healing Scriptures to build your faith, encourage you, and for you to use as a powerful tool to gain your health victory.

Encouragement from God’s Word — When praying through difficult circumstances, sometimes it is hard to find where the particular Bible verses are that speak into our situation. This nineteen-topic book puts the Scriptures (KJV) you need at your fingertips. Many of your questions about God’s nature and how He operates toward us will be answered as well.

The Intercessor’s Companion — This is a much-expanded version of our popular Encouragement from God’s Word. We’ve added ten more topics of particular interest to intercessors, along with insightful commentary at the beginning of each topic, and we’ve redone the Bible verses in a modernized rendition of the KJV for easier reading.

 

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