I saw this video recently......it is Christmas morning and the dad tells the two little girls to come look behind the sofa for their gifts. The older one runs to the bikes with squeals of delight. The younger one stomps her foot and says,"I didn't want a bike....I wanted lipstick!" I laughed because it was an unexpected response and, silly really, to think that lipstick would be more important to her than a new bike. I couldn't help but think...."Yeah, we're never satisfied!"
So, what does the word "satisfied" mean? Is it always a good thing? Is it always positive? Is it always a character quality to aspire to? So, I looked it up..."to fulfill the desires, expectations, needs, or demands of a person; give complete contentment to." Okay, contentment is good. It is defined as "peace of mind mentally and emotionally; satisfied with the way things are." Paul said in Phil. 4:11," I have learned in whatever situation I am in, to be content." That has to do with believing that God is in control.....that He means each situation for good....that He is using it in my life to teach me His ways, to transform me into the His likeness, to bring glory to Himself. Yes, that is something I want to practice!
Digging a little deeper, I found an extended definition..." to give enough to keep one from wanting more." Not so sure about that one..... sounds a lot like complacency to me....."a feeling of security often while unaware of some potential danger." Rev.3:16 says, "So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." Whoa! That is pretty strong language! God says "seek Him first", "love Him with all your heart and soul and mind and strength", "put no other gods before Him", "in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path", "hunger and thirst after Him and His righteousness".....and much more! I don't believe the word "complacency" is in His vocabulary! I believe He always wants us to know and love Him more...and He always has so much more to give us!
So, as John Piper says, "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him"...content in who He is and who we are in Him, but never complacent about the life He has called us to!
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