Message summary: Today remember the Lord. And learn the real joy of satisfaction as we secure our hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. The right response to satisfaction is always praise to God! Listen to this message on your audio player.
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land He has given you” (Deuteronomy 8:10). “When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me” (Hosea 13:6).
Satisfaction is a good thing but it can be dangerous. Jesus warned of the “deceitfulness of wealth” (Matthew 13:22). Paul commands “those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17). We do well to heed these warnings.
Moses knew that praise to the Lord was the proper follow up to satisfaction. As we praise God we look to the source of everything that brings satisfaction. He specifies “the good land that He has given you”. Today and everyday be sure that praise and thankfulness is your response to God’s blessings.
Consider the progression in our second daily verse. “When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.” Fed, satisfied, proud, forgot God. I ask myself, where am I as an individual in this progression? May it always be, When God meets my needs I am satisfied and give thanks to God and always remember His blessings.
Surely we’ve been fed. Plenty of food for most of us and lots and lots of other material stuff as well. This leads to satisfaction, which is a blessing. But then we have to be on guard against our pride swelling which leads to forgetting God. Ironically this increases dissatisfaction. Instead of being satisfied and content there’s just never enough.
Moses warned the people of God some 600 years before the prophet Hosea lived: “Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (Deuteronomy 8:11-14).
Today remember the Lord. And learn the real joy of satisfaction as we place our hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our sustenance and enjoyment. The right response to satisfaction is always praise to God!
Be encouraged and be spiritually satisfied and thankful today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber