The Rolling Stones released a song in 1965, called "I Can't Get No
Satisfaction," that virtually put them on the top of the music charts in
America and England:
"I can't get no satisfaction, and I tried and I tried."
That song echoes the cry of a world hunger crisis, not unique to the poor,
uneducated, cultures, races or generations. World hunger exist in
every city, every neighborhood, and every nation.
The word "satisfy" is defined as: "the fulfillment or gratification of a
desire, need or appetite." Around every corner there is a lure to consume
things--food, pleasure, work, relationships, and accomplishments--a desire
to be satisfied. Yet hunger remains. And, like the song U2 sang, "I
still haven't found what I'm looking for."
Some things bring a measure of
satisfaction to our lives, for a time, but we were created with an
appetite for God. It's a huge appetite that can only be satisfied by a
huge God. It cannot be satisfied by temporary things.
The Psalmist said, "You fill my cup, Lord. O satisfy me in the morning
with your unfailing love that I may rejoice and be glad all my days"
If we don't get our cup filled by God, than we will go from one person to
another, from one thing to another, searching all day long for something to
fill the huge cavern in our heart. And like the beggar sitting on the
street corner stopping every passer-by, we'll plead, "Is there anything
you can put in my cup to make me feel okay today?"
If it's a good day, we might get a compliment or some praise that brings a
moment of satisfaction. But by evening we need another fix to
make us feel okay again. That new car might bring a temporary high but as
the new-leather scent wears off and the payment comes due every month,
somehow it just doesn't do it for us anymore and the search to satisfy our
hunger is still there.
We must stop expecting people and things to satisfy souls that were made
for God alone.
God's invitation is for the hungry, thirsty hearts longing to be filled:
"Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who
have no money, come and buy and eat. Why do you spend
money for what is not bread, and your wages for what
does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me and eat what
is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Listen and
come to Me. Respond so your soul shall live."
"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. I am
the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and
he who believes in Me will never thirst" (John 6:35).
What are you seeking to try to satisfy the God-size hunger in your soul?
Can't get no satisfaction? Haven't found what your looking for?
The cure for world hunger:
"He satisfies the longings, and fill the hungry soul
with goodness." (Psalm 107:9).
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good." (Psa. 84:8).