Satisfaction in Beholding the Glory of God
What is satisfying? What brings us joy? Often what we say brings us joy and what we actually spend our lives pursuing can be totally opposite of each other. What you spend your time pursuing reveals what you find to be satisfying or pleasurable. Think about it. No one orients their life around pursuing pain. Who wakes up in the morning, plans their day and says, “I think today I’ll aim to walk out in front of that bus that passes 5th street every morning at 10am, and then hopefully (If I can still drive) I can make it out to the funeral home and watch a few families grieve the loss of their loved ones, and to top it all off, I would really love to end the day jumping off my roof a few times.” No one in their right mind says that! So, what do you spend your time pursuing? What do I spend my time pursuing? Daily, I have to fight to believe the truth that knowing God is the most satisfying and joy-giving thing I can pursue (Psalm 16:11). Daily, I have to swim against the cultural current of pursing comfort. Ultimately, God doesn’t call us to have the nicest things, nor does he call us to spend our lives pursuing comfort; however, that’s hard to believe when everything I have ever known and everything I ever see screams, “Work your way up and obtain ‘this,’ or the newest and latest ‘this’ is going to satisfy.” Sure, God has given many Christians riches beyond their wildest dreams. The fact that we have access to doctors, dentists, grocery stores, clothing stores, and education makes American Christians some of the richest humans to have ever lived. However, there’s this one verse in Hebrews that I cannot seem to get out of my mind: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’" (Hebrews 13:5). If God is our greatest treasure and if we truly see God as the source of true joy and true pleasure (Psalm 16:11), then his promise of never leaving makes us the richest humans on the planet.
What do you believe will satisfy you?