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January 16, 2019
January 23, 2019, 11:10 AM

“A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from God, for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” Ecclesiastes 2: 24-25 


The Bible is very clear about instructions for every area of our lives. One of the major themes we see in God’s Word is satisfaction with His provisions. It is very easy, especially in our culture, for the term satisfaction to become twisted. The meaning found in Scripture moves us toward a sense of thankfulness and appreciation to God for His daily provisions. However, in our society, the word satisfaction is often used to further the attitude that one cannot do any better. These are two fundamentally different meanings of the same word.

Are you satisfied? Do you enjoy your work, your home, your children and your lifestyle? Have you ever noticed how television commercials focus on areas where people struggle with satisfaction? If there is any feeling of discontentment, the commercials seem to steadily reinforce that feeling. That is the tool companies use to make people try products they think will make them look better, feel better and live better. The apostle Paul used the word content or contentment to help us grasp a real understanding of satisfaction (Philippians 4:11). He understood contentment and satisfaction to be an attitude based on our thankfulness to God.

We can be sure that contentment and satisfaction will not be found by comparing ourselves to others. In Philippians 4:12, we find that Paul had “learned the secret of being content”. What was Paul’s secret? The secret Paul learned consisted of one basic principle that we should know. Paul learned to consistently and faithfully trust Christ to give him strength in every circumstance. One of the biggest problems, even among Christians, is trying to compare our life to others. You will never be like someone else because God did not create you that way.

People are looking for the real deal today. They are not interested in phony people trying to be like someone else. They are looking around at those who are truly satisfied even in the midst of difficult times. Solomon’s words are so true: “without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” We must understand that our contentment is in direct proportion to our fellowship with God. May you have a blessed week filled with contentment and satisfaction.

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