27. Satisfied

‘Probing Deeper’ Meditations: 27. Satisfied

Lk 6:21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.”  

We concluded yesterday the hard truth that, as Jesus said, without him we can do nothing. But we are considering a yearning that brings with it blessing – satisfaction. The famous prayer of Richard of Chichester asked, “May I know Thee more clearly, Love Thee more dearly, Follow Thee more nearly.” It is a good daily request and is one that comes from a hungry heart.

The interesting thing is that this yearning, this hungering, this thirsting after God, isn’t there for what it can get out of it, it is just a yearning after something that it senses is there but hasn’t yet fully achieved.  One of the psalmists declared, As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”  (Psa 42:1,2) For him this yearning came out of trying circumstances. So often we need such trying circumstances to stir us from our complacency, whether it be trouble with other people as it so often seemed with the psalmists, or simply the awareness of living in a (spiritually) dry and parched land where nothing satisfies. So many people go through life with a yearning for something more but are never satisfied.

Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount found in Mt 5-7 has a practical dimension to it, hence “you who hunger NOW.” There is an implication behind that which suggests that such hunger will not go on forever, there will come a time when you will be satisfied.

In spiritual terms, another word for satisfied is ‘fulfilled’, arriving at your destiny, God’s plan for you and me. Every day we MAY be advancing towards that destiny and I say ‘may’ because it involves daily change that comes from heart yearning. Without it, we stay the same. That’s where it can start getting uncomfortable because the Lord would ask us, do you want to stay the same, do you want an undisturbed life, for growth will mean change, it will sometimes mean challenge, being disturbed, going out on the edge, yes indeed, walking on water!

Now if we are feeling lacking – and I’ve had numerous people saying to me, “I don’t want to go back to that church life we had pre-pandemic, I want life” – then can we allow the Lord to channel that sense of lack into a new hunger and thirsty for the ‘more’ that he has on His heart for us? Failure to do that will mean we stay where we are, vaguely happy with life but with an underlying dissatisfaction. If we allow Him – no, ask Him – to stir a fresh hunger in us, the end result will mean we come into a place that may not always feel comfortable (as I’m sure the disciples weren’t when Jesus sent them out) but we will be satisfied. 

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