The unsatisfied soul is a train wreck waiting to happen… it is the broken tracks that derail an otherwise pretty good life, or so the world may think. Add fear to dissatisfaction and we have a sure fire derailment with a huge casualty list. It creates a life that is completely useless to God, for one who is not satisfied cannot satisfy.
But, let’s look at the real culprit of this deal. Can we actually blame Satan for this? The world? After all reading Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy you come to realize that Egypt is the land of slavery… addictions… bitterness… rage… unforgiveness… all the seeds of the dissatisfied soul, right? So it must be the world and Satan that put those hooks in the water that we snap at every day and those nets which entangle us all the time.
The real question is why do we want to stay in the wilderness when we’ve been promised the land of milk and honey? Oh! It’s because we actually have to fight for that land, and that means we have to work at it.
It is so much easier to let God carry us than for us to walk on our own two feet. God wants us to teach our feet to walk on all types of ground—rocky, grassy, soft dirt, swinging bridges, up hill and down vale. He does not intend to carry us our entire lives. We must walk in order to receive God’s blessings. After all, the Angel’s manna came down, but the children of Israel had to go out and gather it, they had to grind it, they had to cook it and it was enough for the day. The next day they had to do the whole thing again. When God sent the quail, it didn’t come de-feathered, grilled and placed nicely on the plate.
Deuteronomy 1:30 Jehovah your God who goes before you shall fight for you, according to all that He did for you in Egypt before your eyes; 31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how Jehovah your God has borne you as a man bears his son, in all the way which you have gone until you have come to this place. 32Yet in this thing you are not believing in Jehovah your God, 33 who went before you in the way to seek out a place for your camping, in fire by night, to show you the way in which you should go, and in a cloud by the day.
Oh, it is so incredibly easy to be sustained by His wonders… to be lifted up by emotions, and to rely upon those fickle feelings rather to rely upon His word for sustenance and to be filled to bursting with the Truth and the Light of Jesus breath, His word.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man may sow, that he also will reap. 8 For the one sowing to his flesh will reap corruption of the flesh. But the one sowing to the Spirit will reap everlasting life from the Spirit.
It is also much easier to enjoy the blessings rather than becoming the blessing. Without investing our lives and becoming the miracle, we cannot be the salt or the light in a dark world. We effectively become stagnant.
In order to move into the promised land, the Israelites had to cross the river, take up their swords and follow God’s lead on who to fight when. Just as Egypt was the place of bondage, Canaan is the place of victory and spiritual maturity. We must participate in His will, His commands, His statutes for our own good. And that takes work mixed with believing God.
With belief, comes action. With action, comes blessing. With blessing, comes pleasure. With pleasure, comes God’s smile… And that is what I strive for! But, even beyond that, we reap all the fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, self-control. Against such things there is not a law. All those wonderful things are ours just because we belong to Him, yet how many of us actually have tanks completely full, topped off with this fruit? Why don’t we?
So where does the satisfaction come from? Isaiah 58:11 And Jehovah shall always guide you, and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
When we run dry, and we always do, we’ve got a huge God who will fill us up, but we’ve got to go to the right place for a fill up… we’ve got to have the right attitude and we’ve got to make sure we’ve got the right motivation in our hearts, but mainly we must believe God.
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