Ask For Real Satisfaction
When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. — John 6:25-27
Sometimes we miss the point of Jesus. Therefore we want the wrong things from Jesus.
You see, Jesus is compassionate. And because he is, sometimes he'll provide for our natural, temporal, and immediate needs. For these 5000, it was food to satisfy their hunger. And we all have primary needs like this — food, clothing, and shelter. And sometimes our needs go beyond these primary needs. We need supplemental items like employment, wisdom, advancement, or success. And we have all prayed for these things.
But here's the deal. We can ask Jesus for anything; sometimes, he'll provide for us out of his compassion. But he also knows when we are abusing his compassion and missing the point of his provision. We learn from this text that he sometimes provides for a present need, giving us temporal satisfaction. But he only does it to point to perpetual satisfaction. Because endless satisfaction is only found in him, not in the material things of this world. So we are free to ask Jesus for anything. He may provide. But when he does, make sure you don't miss the point. The point is Jesus is all the satisfaction we will ever need. He is satisfaction not just for our bellies but our souls. And think in proportions here. If Jesus can satisfy 5000+ stomachs with some scraps from a boy's basket, how much more satisfied will your soul be if just all your satisfaction in him?
ASK THIS: Do you need satisfaction?
DO THIS: Ask Jesus for soulful overflow. Your other needs will be met too.
PRAY THIS: God, fill my soul with you.
PLAY THIS: Living In The Overflow.
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“The point is Jesus is all the satisfaction we will ever need.” I remember hearing that concept for the first time a bunch of years ago and not getting it. I wanted all the other “things” more than I wanted Jesus. I think probably so I could check them off the list and kind of save myself. Thanks for the reminder that Jesus is enough, and so much more than that. What a great thought to meditate on.
I am truly living in the overflow. I am so grateful that God has blessed me with so much and so many times to meet all of my needs and many of my wants. His love for me is overwhelming. Thank you, Jesus, for loving me, now a saint and once a sinner who has been saved by your grace and mercy.
God, fill my soul with you today and always.
Yes! Seek Him first and other things will be added. And when they are, remember they came from Him! I love the hailstones, I’m a roofer. When others despair, they are my provision 😊 Although I don’t pray for them, I thank Him when it happens and allude to my provision prayer. I need more coffee….silly item to comment on…..
Good to hear from you brother. Love the hailstones comment! We all can be thankful for something. 🙂
Amen. I am here to work for His purpose and serve Him. He is not there to serve my purpose.