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Beyond Contentment

During February I need to escape from winter, and I often search out spring at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Today I walked directly to the familiar fountain and stone statue of Saint Francis of Assisi in the North Garden because the scene seemed to beautifully illustrate Jordan Feliz‘s song, Satisfied, that was filling my heart and my head.

Satisfied

Satisfied

I have stumbled through the darkest of the valleys.

And I have climbed upon the highest of the hills.

All my traveling has brought me to your fountain

And all I want is to come and drink my fill.

All I want is to come and drink my fill.

My heart …

Your throne.

This life belongs to you and you alone.

Let there be no divide;

In only you may my soul be satisfied.

There is beauty than can lead into temptation.

There are voices that will call me far away.

But I have found in your surrender my salvation.

And in your love I’ve come to find a resting place.

Yes, in your love I’ve come to find a resting place.

The broken, the thirsty

Who long for your mercy

Can run to you, only you.

And peace everlasting beyond understanding

In you, only you.

My heart …

Your throne.

This life belongs to you and you alone.

Let there be no divide;

In only you may my soul be satisfied.

In only you may my soul be satisfied.

For years I’ve struggled with my lack of contentment, thinking that I should be content with God. After all, what more do I need? I meditated on Bible verses, such as this one, about contentment.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Listening to Satisfied made me realize that I was confusing two different states of being: content and satisfied.  I was never meant to be content with God — to think that he was merely enough. To be content actually means to be less than satisfied, a compromise with which one is okay. Bible verses about contentment refer to peace in the midst of circumstances — and circumstances always change.

To be satisfied is totally different. Richer. All my wants and needs are met. And satisfaction really is found in God and the life he offers through Jesus Christ.

When I find myself in a state of discontent, I can remind myself that my heart — my soul — is still satisfied. In fact, there lies the path to contentment: satisfaction in God. My soul has been and still is satisfied with what it longs for: the amazing glory of God displayed in his attributes and his truly awesome love for me that provided for my forgiveness and adoption into his family. Based on that reality, I feel secure in my present and future circumstances. That is how I, like the Apostle Paul, will learn to be content even in the midst of trials and hardships.

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:11-13).

Satisfaction is a state that never changes because God’s character and plan of redemption are unchanging. My desire to grow in contentment is separate from my satisfaction already found in Christ.

 

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days (Psalms 90:14).

You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing (Psalms 145:16).

With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation (Psalms 91:16).

For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish (Jeremiah 31:25).

 

Soul Satisfaction

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  1. Well said.

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