SATISFACTION GUARANTEED Andy Hollifield 12-20-17
Psalms 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
Psalms 37:19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Isaiah 58:10-11 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: (11) And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Psalms 145:16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
Psalms 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Satisfy———(1) to fulfil the desires, expectations, needs, or demands of (a person, the mind, etc..); give full contentment to (2) to put an end to (a desire, want, need, etc…) by sufficient or ample provision (3) to give assurance to; convince (4) to answer sufficiently, as an objection. (5) to solve or dispel, as a doubt (6) to discharge fully (a debt, obligation, etc…). (7) to make reparation to or for.
I wouldn’t have written all of those definitions but don’t they every one just fit our God to a tee? “Satisfied” is used 43 times, “satisfy” 10 times, satisfieth 3 times, and satisfiest 1 time and all of them still cannot come close to describing the goodness of our God. I guess it is probably best said in Mark 7:37, after Jesus had healed a deaf- mute man and cast a devil out of a young girl with her not even being present, when the crowd and those healed testified saying “He hath done all things well.”
Let’s look at those definitions for a minute. I believe that a lot of times, knowing a dictionary definition enhances what you are reading. This is definitely one of those times. First off; if we have our heart right with the Lord and are walking where he wants us to spiritually, he definitely fulfils all of our desires, expectations, needs, and demands and gives full contentment. Full contentment. Now there is a term that we don’t see demonstrated very often. I know at least in my case, if I am not careful, I am prone to be like the children of Israel in the wilderness and find fault with everything. “Content” means to be satisfied with what you are or have; not wanting more or anything else. I love it when the Lord just floods my soul from time to time and gets me to that place where I am completely satisfied with him and couldn’t possibly desire anything more. There is one thing that I look forward to when I depart this life whether by rapture or by the grave, and that is the contentment I will have knowing that I don’t have to deal with Satan or his devices ever again. Won’t that be glorious?
“To put an end to desires, wants, needs, etc… with sufficient or ample provision. ‘Sufficient’ means enough and ‘ample’ means more than sufficient; abundant. That certainly describes God. He is always more than enough. Do you remember when the Holy Ghost drew you to the Lord when you were lost? Do you remember how he convinced you that you were lost and needed the Lord and gave assurance that God would forgive and after you were saved, how he gave assurance of salvation? Many times in many trials he has satisfied when my mind said I should worry but my heart said “there is no need to.” He gave that “peace which passeth all understanding” and keeps our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus that the bible speaks of in Philippians 4:7. Next, God always answers sufficiently in a way that dispels all doubt and fear, even though he may not do it on our timetable. Definition number 6 should really get you excited. Keep in mind that ‘six’ is the number of man in the bible. The sixth definition says “to fully discharge a debt or obligation.” Isn’t that where we were before the Lord saved us? We had an obligation to him and a debt that we couldn’t possibly pay for our sins. What did God do? He gave heaven’s best, his only begotten Son and his Son gave his life for definition number 7 which says “to make reparation for.” We had no way in ourselves to pay the debt but Jesus through his shed blood “satisfied” the requirements of God’s holiness and reconciled us back to the Father. He made complete the plan of salvation when he ascended back to the Father between the time he saw Mary in the garden and the time he saw the disciples in Galilee. He had went and placed his perfect, sinless, blood on the mercy seat thus satisfying and making perfect the way of salvation and making reparation for our sin. Remember that 7 is God’s perfect number. That made it perfect and without fault. What a God that we serve!
Since last Friday night; 4 days ago, I have seen God work things in a way for a young, homeless, expectant mother, that no one else but him could have possibly orchestrated. He took away all doubt, fear, and uncertainty and replaced it with full contentment and peace. What once seemed to be a hopeless and desperate situation, when left in God’s hands, wound up proving Romans 8:28 to be absolutely true. That verse says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” His purpose, not ours. Isaiah said in 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In those times of trouble, we often don’t really know or understand what he is doing or why he is doing it like he is. We just have to simply accept his guarantee that he is working all things together for our good according to his purpose. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!