“I can’t get no satisfaction
I can’t get no satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no ”
These lyrics are recurring in the song made popular by the Rolling Stones. Littered in between these words are more words depicting a desperate [maybe depraved] soul looking for satisfaction in everything that cannot satisfy.
There are many in the Church that sing this song as well. They may not literally sing with their mouth but their lifestyle certainly gives them away.
Satisfaction is allusive because we are looking for fulfillment in people, places and things that cannot possibly satisfy.
The prophet Isaiah points out the fallacy of this kind of quest when he penned these words [Isaiah 55:1-2].
“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.”
Dissatisfaction is a sign we are eating the wrong diet. It is a sign we are investing in things that have no real, or lasting nutritional and beneficial value. Or it may be a sign that we should be progressing to a diet that is more suitable to our present needs.
Jesus made this statement in Matthew 5:6 ~ “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Satisfaction is possible to obtain and attain. We simply have to eat the right diet. Hunger and thirst are great motivators.
According to Jesus, righteousness is the proper diet.
Righteousness is being right with God. Righteousness is being in Christ Jesus. Righteousness is a Person. Righteousness is Christ Jesus [1 Corinthians 1:30].
Let’s go back to what Isaiah said:
“Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good”.
First we recognize the ‘M’ in Me is capitalized which indicates the Person doing the communicating is God. Isaiah is simply the mouthpiece through which God is speaking.
The message is to “eat what is good”. The word “good” means beneficial. It is obviously the opposite of bad. Bad can mean evil, useless or what is not helping promote growth.
Even Jesus told His original disciples that He had things He wanted to say to them [feed them] but they could not receive it [digest or hold it] [John 16:12].
Scripture tells us to desire the sincere milk of the word [1 Peter 2:2] but it also tells us that milk is for those who are immature, and that meat is for the mature [1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12-14; ].
Babies feed on milk, or special formulas. If our child was still eating only milk when it got teeth then we would begin to worry. Many in the body of Christ cannot grow to maturity because they are stuck, or choose to remain in cultures that only provide milk for a diet.
Isaiah goes on to say “and delight yourself in abundance”. If we eat the correct diet we will experience satisfaction which is equated with abundance.
Listen, God is not stingy. God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly [Psalm 84:11].
God promises to bring us into a place of abundance [Psalm 66:12c].
Jesus even said He came to bring an abundance of life [John 10:10].
Isaiah mentioned water to satisfy thirst and bread to satisfy hunger. Both of these speak of God. Water is mentioned in Scripture as both the Holy Spirit [John 7:38,39] and the Word of God [Ephesians 5:25,26]. Bread is mentioned in the Scripture as being the Word of God [Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4] and the Person of Jesus [John 6:35, 48, 51].
Isaiah says to buy water, wine, milk and bread without money.
How can we purchase these without money? One way is with our passionate pursuit. Hunger and thirst are a currency. They speak of desperation and passion.
A person that is really hungry and thirsty will not stop until they find fulfillment. Quitting is not in their vocabulary. Money represents our life and work. It represents what we have invested our life in to earn a living.
Another way is with our faith. Faith is heaven’s currency. Faith is trust and complete reliance on God. Faith steps beyond what is considered conventional and comfortable. Faith is anchored in what cannot be seen with the natural eyes, but is seen nonetheless.
Are you at a place of dissatisfaction? Check where you are eating. Check what you are eating. Check your diet!
For HIS Glory!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury