Years ago, I went to dinner with a friend at a well-known steakhouse restaurant in town. Walking into the restaurant, the host greeted us and then treated us like royalty. No time was wasted in seating us at a table by the window as our server gave us his full attention. As we ordered our meal, I looked forward to the melt in your mouth steak and potato. My appetite grew and my five senses were fully engaged as I anticipated what was to come.
To say it was the best meal I had ever tasted would be an understatement. The steak melted in my mouth and the salad contained just the right amount of everything. I indulged in a glass of wine that paired perfectly with the food. I walked out feeling satisfied. My appetite was satiated.
I do not regularly eat steak, but found such satisfaction in this meal. It left me wanting more. There are times that we desire more because even though we feel satisfied in the moment, we somehow think we need more. Jesus tells us that our appetite will always find fulfillment in Him. Today we look at the fourth beatitude and discover the best food and drink is always found in Him.
You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. Matthew 5:6 MSG
This beatitude has special meaning for me. Over and over, I seek that amazing meal, or perfect outfit or positive story on social media to create fullness and satisfaction. I look past what is right in front of me as a child of God and go searching elsewhere to satisfy my appetite.
This past winter, as part of a book launch team, I read the book Full: Food, Jesus and the Battle for Satisfaction by Asheritah Ciuciu. The message of the book teaches us to seek a healthier relationship by creating a stronger relationship with Christ. We are never completely content until we find fulfillment in the One who can truly satisfy. This book convicted me that if fulfillment is what I am searching for, then I am going about it the wrong way. I asked myself the questions below. My answers left me desiring more than simple pleasures that satisfy temporarily. Instead, I began looking for more of God and less of me.
What does satisfaction look like to you? Where do you find contentment?
This past weekend, I referred to contentment as we explored the third beatitude. Click here to catch up. I shared that contentment brings us peace. It aligns who we are with where we have come. When we know without a doubt that contentment takes us beyond worldly goods to remembering we are everything in Christ, fulfillment follows.
The fourth beatitude convicts me that I need to work harder to seek God first. This one will continue to be a big challenge for me as I strive for God in everything knowing only He will satisfy my appetite.
May we seek you first knowing our hope and satisfaction lie in you. Teach us to rely on your understanding and truth as we seek fulfillment. Show us the path to you and guide us on the road away from worldly satisfaction to contentment in being your child.
We love you and thank you for your many blessings! Amen.
Seeking God everyday,
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