Day 27 of 31 Days of Wisdom
I’m really enjoying my current sermon series called “He will satisfy you”. So when I came across Proverbs 27:7, it seemed to jump off the page. It highlights the dangers of living an unsatisfied life. It says that the hungry soul (unsatisfied person) will resort to things that are toxic, bitter, and even harmful, all in search of finding satisfaction.
People who are unsatisfied will commit to unhealthy relationships, stay at jobs where they are miserable, and simply endure life when they should enjoy it. What’s alarming is that these things become “sweet” to the hungry soul. They get numb to their dissatisfaction. They accept it as “life”. And sometimes they allow themselves to take pleasure in what isn’t pleasurable at all.
Do you know anyone who is dissatisfied in life? Is it possible that you have settled in dissatisfaction? Here’s the litmus test I gave in part 1 of “He will Satisfy You”:
– Constantly looking for external stimuli (TV, internet, movies, etc.)
– Easily bored
– Involved with drugs, alcohol, and other addictive behaviors
– Constantly complaining about something
– No plans for the future/not working toward anything
– Living in the past hurts or joys
– Little laughter
– Holding other people responsible for their station in life
– Don’t express thanks often
– Look at things in the worse possible light rather than the best possible light
– Stagnant, not moving
– Not dreaming
– Only dreaming
– Not working
– Only working
– Not at peace
– Not regularly spending time with the Lord
– Not learning anything new
– Not inspired
– Not rejuvenated or having energy
The good news is that you don’t have to live a dissatisfied life. The Lord has promised to satisfy you. There are a few things I will continue to share in the current sermon series at Life Church on this, however I want to leave you with this last thought. In order for you to live completely satisfied you will have to remove cheap fillers from your life and then allow God to fill in the space. Giving Him that room will mean taking the time to invest in your walk with God through prayer and meditation, worship, reading of the scriptures, and ministering to others.
My prayer today is that you will not be a hungry soul to the point where you settle for every bitter thing but instead you would be full, enjoying life, and satisfied in God.