One day before I met my wife, I was asking God to bring someone into my life, and he spoke to me.
Not audibly, but clearly. This thought came into my mind: Mark, if you can’t be satisfied in me as a single person, then you won’t be content when you’re married either. Because no human being can satisfy another human being.
No human being can satisfy another human being.
Only God can satisfy us. If we don’t find all our delight and joy in Jesus, we won’t find it in anything else. God puts it like this in Jeremiah 2:12-13:
Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
The angels in heaven, who continually behold God’s glory are shocked, stunned – even “desolate” – when they see God’s people forsake him, the fountain of living waters, the source of all joy and satisfaction, and drink from broken down, barren, dust-filled wells. The angels are dumbfounded.
So what is it you most long for today? What is it that you think would make you jump for joy? What is that thing you tell yourself, if I only had that, then I’d be happy and wouldn’t want anything else? If it isn’t Jesus, your heart is deceiving you. Because that “thing,” even if it’s a blessing from the hand of God, can’t satisfy your heart. Things will eventually disappoint us. God may bless us with the most wonderful husband or wife, and if we aren’t content in him, we’ll soon find ourselves looking around for something else to fill the void.
Let’s look to Jesus to quench the thirst of our souls. Let’s come to the fountain of living waters and drink deeply and say to The Lord,
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6
When The Lord is our chosen portion and our cup, the lines fall for us in pleasant places. We can be content in the desert. When Jesus is our meat and drink, we’ll always be full. Jesus is our beautiful inheritance. What more do we need?
Remember, no human can satisfy another human. A wife won’t satisfy. A husband won’t satisfy. A child won’t either. Neither will a job, a home, or anything else. If God has given you any of these wonderful blessings, then thank him for them. And it’s not wrong to ask him for these desires if he hasn’t given them to you. But don’t look to them to fulfill you.
Let’s make this our prayer:
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (Ps 90:14).
Lets not shock any angels, ok?
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Mark Altrogge has been senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, Pennsylvania, since 1982. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including “I Stand in Awe” and “I’m Forever Grateful.” Mark and his wife, Kristi, have four sons and one daughter.
Find out more on his blog, The Blazing Center.