That Which Does Not Satisfy


It’s become a time of reflection now as we are between Thanksgiving and Christmas then the New Year will be upon us. I look around at the issues and causes that people are worried about and wonder if we really understand what is important anymore.

We get wrapped up in political fights, social issues and who’s making the most money and if that is fair or not. These are not in and of themselves bad things, but should we be pouring the time and energy into them that we have been? This is a similar question Isaiah was asking the Israelites back about 700 BC.

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Isaiah 55:2 NIV

The Israelites were lavishing away their time, opportunities, and strength, on reading and hearing false doctrine, which is not bread, but chaff. It was not wholesome and did not nourish. The energies of the bulk of the Israelites were set on worldly things, on enriching themselves. Adding field to field, and house to house (Isaiah 5:8). They did not care for spiritual blessings, much less”hunger and thirst” after them. That which does not satisfy. Sound familiar? Worldly things can never satisfy the heart, not even the heart of the worldly.

A lot of what we worry, argue and complain about each day may seem important but when we look at them in contrast with eternity, these worldly issues become quite trivial. The worldly life is a continual spending without lasting profit or satisfaction. Only one thing truly satisfies and that is Jesus Christ. The spiritual blessings of Jesus are richer than anything that this world has to offer. The soul that obtains them “delights” in them and is satisfied with them (Psalm 17:15). As we are in Advent and about to celebrate His birth, let’s keep in mind the things that deserve our attention. He is the reason for the season.

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