I skimmed through today’s food bible study. I wasn’t feeling it. I’m one day into exercising new food boundaries like food journaling. I logged breakfast yesterday. Then forgot. I went in today and plugged everything in. I ate over 1,000 calories than I was supposed to. You really have to plant your feet in the sand, or you’ll get washed out into the ocean, I think to myself.
I’m going rogue today. I need it.
Last night in a Matt Chandler study of Philippians he posed a question. One I can’t stop thinking about.
Why are we so easily satisfied?
He read text after text of men in the Bible (a lot of David) who literally longed for God in a way we do not. At all. Why? In Psalm 63 David cries out, “…earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.” I say these things about pizza and cake. Seldom about my God.
Chandler had us read 63:1, but I kept going and found verse 5. “My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods.” Initially, I highlighted it because it said the word food and being heavily involved in my battle against food, I figured it’d be of some use at some point. This morning when I sought the verse out again, I didn’t love what I think I read. So I read it over. And over. And I’m not a theologian. I have no expertise. It is highly likely I am wrong, but when I read it today: My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods—“as with” troubled me. Does this imply that food satisfies too?
One of the lies I struggle with is that food can fix the day. I believe it really can. This verse would argue my side. It does satisfy.
Yesterday in the car, I listened to a quick message from Lauren Chandler. (The irony of separate husband and wife messages coming together for my lesson is not lost on me.) She read through the story of the woman at the well in John 4. I felt a prompting that my answer to if food satisfies lay in this story. And it did.
John 4:13-14, “Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.”
There it was. Sure food [and shopping and everything else we seek instead of Him] will satisfy. But the catch, it’s only a temporary fulfillment and will leave us wanting more EVERY TIME.
Why are we so easily satisfied? See also: why do we constantly settle for temporary satisfaction?
Ending with a quote from Augustine’s Confessions that elicits hope and longing for a change, and for hashtag satisfy goals.
“How sweet did it at once become to me, to want the sweetnesses of those toys! and what I feared to be parted from, was now a joy to part with. For Thou didst cast them forth from me, Thou true and highest sweetness. Thou castest them forth, and for them enteredst in Thyself, sweeter than all pleasure, though not to flesh and blood; brighter than all light, but more hidden than all depths, higher than all honour, but not to the high in their own conceits. Now was my soul free from the biting cares of canvassing and getting, and weltering in filth, and scratching off the itch of lust”