” Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philipians 4:6-7
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philipians 4:11
If someone were to ask you right now, “Are you satisfied?” What would you honestly say?
Whether it is a yes or no, God alone knows the depths of our hearts, and what is truly in them. Our hearts can deceive us many times into thinking that we are “ok” and that we don’t really “need” God or anything because we have everything we want/need.
But what if all the things you have and love so dearly were to be taken away?
What if just one of those precious things were taken away? Would you still feel that you were happy and ok?
SOME QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
Prayerfully read through each question, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to your heart what is truly there.
Would you still be content/happy/satisfied if:
- Your car runs out of gas on the way to work
- Things don’t go your way
- Your husband never loves you the way you want to be loved
- If your child does not grow up to follow Jesus
- Traffic is backed up because of an accident and you are going to be late
- You fail an important exam
- You can’t afford to go on vacation
- Your electricity is shut off due to power lines being down
- You are snowed in for 3+ days
- Your child is home sick and you have to tend to him/her instead of doing what you planned on doing that day
- You lose your health insurance
- You are falling more and more into debt and can’t seem to get out
- Your husband/child /loved one were to become terminally ill
- You or your husband were let go from your job
- Your husband quit his job
- Your house burned down
- Your car was re-possesed
- You were evicted
- You were diagnosed with a terminal illness
- The government collapsed
- You lost all of your savings
- You made an unwise decision and are now suffering major consequences
- You no longer have a cellphone/internet
- You had to sell all of your possessions and move in with parents
- Your husband wants a divorce
- You have to move for your husband’s job
(*The list could go on and on and on because there are so many things that we take for granted in this life and we don’t realize it until it is taken away just how much we trusted in that thing to satisfy us and bring us contentment and happiness. )
If you take a look into your heart and realize that losing something, or things not going your way would cause a disturbance in your heart that leads to:
- Fretting/vexing of your self
- A tumultuousness of spirit in you
- Instability in your thinking
- Distracting fears
- Sinking discouragements
- Shifts or risings in rebellion against God
Then it would be safe to say that there are idols in the heart that you are TRUSTING in, HOPING in, and placing all of your SATISFACTION in that is NOT Christ Jesus.
Because our hearts can be so blinded to the idols in our hearts (an idol is anything we think we MUST have to be happy/content), the signs that we are living according to our idols can be found in how we are feeling when something that is precious to us is threatened or taken away. We will become very ANGRY if that person/thing/idea is taken away. We will feel like our entire life has been taken away and like there is no hope left. We will feel upset, anxious, insecure, and afraid.
These feelings are a red flag! When once they are felt in connection to losing something, it is wise to get alone with God and seek Him to expose any idols in our hearts that we are trusting in instead of Him alone.
THE WELLSPRING OF LIFE
In John 4, Jesus talks to a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, where He asks her for a drink of water, and the conversation goes on like this:
” Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.”
The woman at the well is representative of the creation which lies under the curse, and the deepest mark of the curse is this longing, craving, groaning, reaching out for something, but never reaching it, never finding the answer, never getting satisfaction.
Jesus is saying to her that the answer to all this longing and never being satisfied in the heart is divine life that HE alone can give! It is an inward matter of the heart—– and the answer is having the very spring or well of satisfaction placed right at the center of our being!The Holy Spirit is the well of water within, it is Christ Jesus dwelling in our hearts by faith! And the water He gives is the Spirit, who is the Spirit of Life!
If we do not have this well within, we will have no real satisfaction, even though we might have EVERYTHING else. The longing, craving and hunger will still go on.
The woman in John 4 was carrying a water pot. The water pot is a symbol of her dissatisfaction, a symbol of unsatisfied longing! The pot represented her very LIFE— it represented all the satisfaction she had and it was poor satisfaction—but it was her LIFE.
What have you sought satisfaction in??
What is it that you keep reaching out for in hopes that it satisfies your inner longing and craving??
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Some of these are not bad things and we should be very grateful and thankful to have such things in our life to be enjoyed—–BUT— if we put our hope and trust in these things to satisfy the ever longing and craving in our hearts that only GOD can satisfy, we are building our house upon the sand, and when the storms come, it will be destroyed.
When the Lord showed me this about a month ago, I saw with the eyes of my heart that the Lord has thwarted all of my efforts to find life and satisfaction apart from Christ Jesus. I have wanted other things (husband’s love,child to behave, etc.) more than I wanted Christ Jesus in my heart. I didn’t know how to let them all go. And I remembered in time past that God allowed us to lose all of our money, and how at that time in my life, I was truly content because during that trial, the Lord revealed Himself to me like never before. I also realized that the Lord had allowed my marriage to hit rock bottom because I was seeking satisfcation in my marriage instead of in Christ alone. Everything I thought I ever wanted was a vain sham!!! People, money, possessions, goals to achieve—-all of these things have been a let down and have left me dissatisfied in my heart. But everytime the Lord showed His face, everytime He answered a prayer and saved me, and everytime He was there for me, I was, and I am, satisfied! I saw the truth, and I had to get alone with the Lord and ask Him to cleanse my heart from all these idols, and I had to ask Him to fill my heart with His Spirit, that I may be totally satisfied with HIM alone! I knew now that He must do it in me, so I had to offer myself and my heart unto His Spirit and surrender all to Him!
True contentment does NOT depend on OUTWARD/EXTERNAL circumstances!! I know, shocker! 😉
True contentment is about learning to be WHOLLY dependent on CHRIST JESUS. You are independent from man and you do not look to anyone or anything outside of you to help you or provide for you—– EXCEPT JESUS! You become satisfied in your heart because JESUS is within!!!!
Jeremiah Burroughs said:
“Therefore his [speaking of Paul the Apostle] meaning [of contentment] must be, I find a sufficiency of satisfaction in my own heart, through the grace of Christ that is in me. Though I have not outward comforts and worldly conveniences to supply my necessities, yet I have a sufficient portion between Christ and my soul abundantly to satisfy me in every condition. This interpretation agrees with that place: ‘A good man is satisfied from himself’ (Proverbs 14:14) and also with what Paul avers of himself in another place, that ‘though he had nothing yet he possessed all things‘. Because he had a right to the covenant and promise, which virtually contains everything, and an interest in Christ, the fountain and good of all, it is no marvel that he said that in whatsoever state he was in, he was content.”
When we have Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith, and we have totally abandoned all other things in the world to provide us with life, peace, joy, and contentment, then we experience heart satisfaction in Christ! Any time we take our eyes off of Jesus, and expect a person/thing/idea to bring us these things—– we will be let down.
If you take away the waterpot from the person who has not the well of life within–you take ALL that that person has because it is their LIFE!