by Charles Sibthorpe

There is something wonderful about feeling satisfied. The enjoyment at the end of a delicious meal, time spent with friends, finishing a book with a great ending, or a challenging task accomplished.

However, all that does not compare with the satisfaction that comes from a deep and fulfilling relationship with God. Psalm 65:4 (ESV) says, “Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!” For us it does not mean going to a particular building, but being in true harmony with God. When we know His peace, are confident of His care and concern for us, and are able to draw upon His wisdom – we are truly satisfied.

When Jesus spoke to His disciples and gave them what we call “The Beatitudes”, He said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6 ESV). So often we can seek to find things to bring satisfaction, when all that happens is frustration and emptiness. It might be raiding the fridge late at night, or watching a pointless programme on the television. By contrast, Jesus is telling us that when our hunger and thirst is for Him – we will be satisfied.

I have constantly noticed in the accounts of the feeding of the 5000, that it records, “And they all ate and were satisfied.” With such a crowd to feed, it is easy to wonder whether the miracle of the multiplied food really gave everyone enough. Jesus will always provide sufficient whether it is practical or spiritual, and the result will always be that we are satisfied.

We live in a world where there is much frustration, boredom and unfulfilled desires. We need to go to the One who has promised to meet needs, fulfil desires and in whose presence is fullness of joy – then we are truly “Satisfied.”

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