Finding True Satisfaction

by SomeGirl on April 15, 2011 · 5 comments

I am so glad my sweet friend, Alicia from Confessions of a Snowflake, has so kindly agreed to lead us through the book of Isaiah on our journey from Christmas to Easter… I know you will be blessed by her words and God’s Word! I LOVE Alicia and the book of Isaiah both very much! ♥ Follow along with her by reading Isaiah on your own during the week. :)

Alicia is married to her best friend and together they homeschool their 13 year old son. She also works part-time for her family business & is extremely involved in her homeschool group. All of this leaves her more than a little flaky. So join her at Confessions of a Snowflake, as she shares life, from one snowflake to another.

Btw, this guest post is SO awesome I’m sharing it with Momma Made It Look Easy’s Awesome Link Up and you can share your awesome posts there, too. :)

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Finding True Satisfaction

 

Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Isaiah 1:2-3

When I read those verses, I can hear God’s heartache. The people of Israel were His people. He had made a covenant with their forefathers. He had set them apart. He had rescued them from Egypt. He had made them into a great nation.

But something changed in their hearts.

“The multitude of your sacrifices— what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.” Isaiah 1:11

When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Isaiah 1:15-16a

It wasn’t that the Israelites didn’t acknowledge God. They were giving offerings, making sacrifices and lifting hands in prayer.

Yet God was still angry with them. He wanted more than their sacrifices. He wanted their hearts.

My friends, we do the same thing.

God saves us from a life of sin. He redeems us and sets us apart. He makes a covenant with us. He satisfies our deepest longings.

We’re so excited we can’t contain it. We tell everyone we meet about this new love in our life. We love learning all about the things of God and read His word with an unquenchable thirst.

Then life happens.

Times goes by and that initial excitement begins to fade. We settle into the realities of faith. It’s not always easy. We have problems that we don’t understand. People hurt us…both non-Christians and Christians. We struggle with our sin nature.

We might not outright rebel against God. But our excitement settles into routine. We get quiet about our faith. We read our Bible for 15 minutes, say a quick prayer, go to church on Sunday and think we’ve checked off all the boxes.

Like the Israelites, we grow cold in our love for God and we begin to look elsewhere for satisfaction. We fill our time with service thinking that the more we sacrifice the closer we’ll get to God. But like the Israelites we soon realize it doesn’t work that way.

So what can we learn about the Israelites mistake?

What did God really want from them?

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17

This Christian walk isn’t just about our own life. It’s about the lives of those around us.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

We are called to proclaim salvation to those around us. We are supposed to seek justice, defend the defenseless and encourage other believers.

But we can’t share the good news, if we aren’t first receiving from the Author of it all.

That means we have to be in relationship with Him. We have to be willing to admit our sins and ask for forgiveness. Then we have to make the commitment to spend time with him. Like any relationship, our relationship with God has to be nurtured.

The best part? It’s not all up to us.

If we will make the first step, God does the rest. He’s not trying to beat us over the head or make us feel guilty. He simply wants to spend time with us.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

This verse isn’t just for the unsaved. It’s also for us as believers.

This Easter season may we listen to that knock. May we not get so busy with life that we don’t hear our precious Jesus. But may we open the door and allow Him into our daily life. And then may we let Him touch our hearts in a new and a fresh way knowing that only He can bring true satisfaction.

Dear Lord, thank You for the precious gift you have given us. Forgive us for taking it for granted. Forgive us for looking elsewhere for satisfaction. Forgive us for not spending time with You. Renew our passion for You. We dedicate our lives to You knowing that there is no other way. We thank You and we praise You. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

{ 5 comments }

Jennifer

Thanks so much for sharing. This is a great message.

Jeanine @ Dressing My Truth

Great post! And I love how you led us in prayer at the end. That is awesome! I totally get why this post was shared.

Maggie S.

I. LOVE. THIS. POST.

Stopping by from Momma’s

May I grab your button?

Jenny @ The Southern Institute

“If we will make the first step, God does the rest. He’s not trying to beat us over the head or make us feel guilty. He simply wants to spend time with us.”

This is so good! I beat myself over the head all of the time. If only I would spend as much time with Him as I did feeling guilty about the time I’m not spending…

Lynn@TickledPinkLife.com

Great post and a wonderful reminder to spend more time with Jesus! It is so easy to get busy with life, and neglect our time with the Lord. Thanks Alicia for your wise words, and Michelle for inviting Alicia to guest-host.

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