In this week’s teaching we dove headfirst into the question that everyone asks at some point, Is a fulfilled life even possible?
Happiness, contentedness, control, and purpose are main motivators behind how we answer that question. Saint Augustine wrote, “Every man, whatsoever his condition, desires to be happy.”
But what happens when the physical world can’t deliver happiness that satisfies? Even in a digital age like ours, perpetual stimulation without satisfaction imprisons us instead of satisfies us.
So how do we curb our insatiable appetite for happiness with something that will outlast the temporal? We believe that Jesus satisfies.
Read this from the Bible together:
15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
4 Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
3 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Some key statements and questions put forward that are important for us to talk about…
I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness… What do you think it means to be satisfied in seeing the likeness of God?
The Living Bible translation says it this way, “But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us.” When you think of seeing God face-to-face what emotions do you feel? What if you knew that everything was well between you and God, would that response change?
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. What competes with Jesus-centered satisfaction in your life? What would you fill in the blank with? “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want ____ ”
What are unsatisfying things you need help letting go of in this season? What would “letting go” look like practically for you?
Do you believe you are entitled to a happy life without Jesus? Do you struggle with anger and bitterness towards God for things you believe he has withheld from you in your life? What areas of bitterness do you need prayer to uproot?
Do you do the things Jesus says to do in order to be satisfied in this life? Do you feast on his word in the Bible? Do you drink deeply of the Holy Spirit regularly in prayer and silence? Do you lean on people in your church community? Do you adopt his purposes as your own?