DayBreaks for 11/02/18: When You Are Satisfied
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2008:
Never have a people had more luxury or such an accumulation of creature comforts than the American people. Sure, there are hungry in this country who need food and there are homeless who need shelter. But by and large, we are a nation of great and incredible wealth and plenty.
In Deuteronomy 6:11b-12, Moses gives a solemn caution to the children of Israel. He looks forward to the future, when God will have kept His promise and given them the land He promised 400 years earlier to Abraham. They will possess the land and live in cities they didn’t build, drink sweet water from wells they never dug, and have wine and olives from vineyards they didn’t plant. Then Moses says, “…then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt…“.
Moses, being inspired by God, understood a lot about human nature. He’d tended flocks and seen how they grew lazy when their bellies were full – they would lay down to rest and that was the very time that they were the most vulnerable to predators. Their eyes would grow heavy and their attention would weaken. Moses says, “When your bellies are full and you are satisfied – be careful! That is when you will forget the Lord!”
Our nation has forgotten the Lord. We have eaten and become satisfied. We would do well to heed Moses’ warning. How easily we settle for food, shelter and some comforts! We are far too easily content to be taken care of physically. And we are too easily satisfied – and therein lies the problem. We should never be satisfied until we have reached the holiness He desires for us. We should never be satisfied in this world. But we can be content!
I hope and pray that God makes us hungry today – not for food, but for Him! May we never be satisfied with a belly full of food, but only with a heart filled with Him!
Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
PRAYER: Lord, never let us be satisfied until we are filled with you and at home in your dwelling place! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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