“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in the scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
-Isaiah (Isaiah 58:11)
You and I hear this saying when people are trying to sell us things. They want us to know that we can trust in their product to meet our very needs. We are led to believe that if we buy the item our every desire will be fulfilled and we will want for nothing. The word “satisfy” intrigues me, meaning to meet the need or desires of someone; To fulfill. This is everyone’s hang up! We all want “satisfaction.” It rings to the very core of humanity. This is at the root of our motivation for any goal that we have.
We want to be satisfied, or fulfilled, or met! The deepest most intimate burning of our hearts to feel safe, accepted, loved, empowered, respected. So we work hard, study long hours, sacrifice ourselves, accrue money, and spend it, in order to have these pieces of our lives met. We sleep with as many people as it takes to feel loved and accepted. We give up our health working too many hours so that people would respect us. We fight, and beat others up emotionally, physically, or mentally so that we could feel empowered. We try to act tough and shut ourselves emotionally off to others around us, trying not to show vulnerability, to feel safe. We think that money, things, and positions would “satisfy” our deepest cravings. And at the end of the day we are not “satisfied.”
C.S. Lewis wrote, “What does not satisfy when we find it, was not the thing we were desiring.” In other words, the reason why we are not satisfied (at least for long) with the better paying job, the new relationship or new church we just joined, the upgraded car, computer or gadget we just bought, is because that is not what our hearts truly desire after. A new church won’t fix your issues. A new relationship won’t get rid of your feelings of loneliness. The new car won’t get you more respect. No our desires are not met here.
In our scripture this week we are told that God will satisfy our desires. Not the superficial ones but the deep seeded ones. So that even if our situation or environment is not ideal (scorched places), our bones will still be strengthened! So “take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (King David). He knows your deepest craving for love, and safety, respect, and acceptance. This next week spend less time trying to satisfy your desires, and more time in the presence of the one who knows your truest cravings! In that place you will find satisfaction….guaranteed.