In 1965, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard and the Rolling Stones released their #1 hit - Satisfaction. The theme is that satisfaction is hard to come by…and it seems they are right. As we pursue the many pleasures of life we can gain an appetite that never fully gets sated.
Our Bible text this week gives us a glimpse into how we can be satisfied. You can read the entire text here: http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%208%3A1-10/ but we are focusing in on Mark 8:5-8 - And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
It is doubtful that these 4,000 men (plus women and children) were given a great feast that day. Some bread and a bit of fish for each person pales in comparison to a buffet feast at your favorite restaraunt. Therefore it wasn’t the quantity that satisfied them. How can we learn to be satisfied with ‘enough’ rather than always feeling we need gluttonous levels of food, money, time, rest, etc.?
Could it be that these folks were willing to stay hungry and be near Jesus? They had stayed three days already. They might have tried to keep going. Could we learn to be satisfied with Jesus and His Word first, and if we did, would we be able to be satisfied no matter what the amount of the blessing. If we have found true satisfaction in the salvation of God through Jesus then we won’t go searching for it elsewhere.
Could it be that they needed much less to be satisfied that is culturally expected? Back to The Rolling Stones song, it seems that the #1 reason we are not satisfied with what we have is because their is a steady message that we should have more and more of it or more and more of something else. There were no commercials for more in view that day…only Jesus who was blessing the bread and the fish and passing it along. Satisfaction may have much to do with our expectations and our viewpoints.
For more devotional thoughts you can visit www.windcitychurch.org/blog/ . We meet for worship at 3:16pm each Sunday at The Link at 353 W. A Street in downtown Casper. Be Our Guest on Sunday or at one of our Missional Communities that meet at various times and locations around the Casper Metro Area.