Satisfied

I like my air conditioner in the summer and my heavy down comforter in the winter. I like my clothes clean, a shower every morning, and knowing that if I’m hungry there is always food available. I like to be comfortable. I like to be satisfied.

But lately I’ve been thinking that there is a danger to being comfortable: to being too satisfied. That sense of comfort, that sense of satisfaction whispers to us to be content–that this is all there is.

It makes us content to hold to the status quo rather than seeking hard after God. It makes us not want to let go of this world.

I get grumpy when the storms come and toss my little boat about. I don’t like it when there is too much month left over at the end of the pay check or when people I care about are sick. I hate it when I struggle with loneliness. These things leave me anything but satisfied and comfortable. In fact, they often make me angry and resentful.

I have a friend who is sixteen years older than I am. Like me, she has never been married and never had kids. Once she told me that while these are things she longs for, she chooses to trust God that for whatever reason He is using her singleness to make her more like Him.

What if we saw the challenges of our lives like my friend? What if we saw them as things to refine us rather than break us?

In Psalm 84:10 (NIV) , the psalmist writes,

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than dwell in

the tents of the wicked.

 

Oh, how I wish that my heart could reverberate that every minute of every day! But I know I am tempted by the thousand to one. Too often in my short sightedness, I see the challenges of following hard after God — the things required, the tools He uses to sand off my rough edges, the fire needed to refine me — and look at what I have and say, “Tomorrow, I will follow hard after God.” Sometimes it just seems like too much to give up. I want to be satisfied, comfortable.

But my challenge is to see God in the loneliness, to see God in the losses, to see God in the struggles and know that no matter what the world promises, only God can satisfy. So, today I am forgoing something I’ve been saving for. Not that it is wrong to save and the item would be fun and satisfying. But my comfort is not at the forefront of God’s concern. My character is. So, I’m turning that money over to Him. I’m choosing Him instead of my temporal comfort.

How do you see the comforts of your life as dangerous?

What challenge are you facing t

hat you struggle to see God’s hand in? Ask Him to show himself to you.

What would it mean for you to follow hard after God in a practical way?

Jesus, make me more like you.

Amy Brooke

Amy grew up in Cincinnati, OH. After school at the University of Evansville, Amy spent 11 years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship doing ministry to college students. While on staff she helped coauthor the book InterVarsity Press book FAITH ON THE EDGE. After working with IVCF, Amy got her MA in counseling and spent several years working in social services. Amy currently lives in Normal, IL and works for the county government. Amy is a passionate about children and helping others.

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  1. I have learned that being satisfied in God requires a daily renewal and commitment. I can turn everything over to him on Monday and be thankful, satisfied, and content. But when I wake up Tuesday, I struggle through the same battle again and have to give everything over to God anew. Thank you for this beautiful reminder to be daily content with God and His plan for our lives.
    ~Kristi Burchfiel, author of applicable Bible studies and devotionals

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  2. Great devo Amy! 🙂 I appreciate your heart. Lately, I feel God reminding me to have an eternal perspective on everything. Sometimes the struggles of life and the disappointments cause me to look at things very short-sightedly and in the flesh, rather than the Spirit. He is faithful and good! He lifts our heads and causes us to gaze at Him and His truth.

    I think the quiet, perhaps lonely, seasons of life, He grows our faith in Him as we abide in Him. Comforts of life can anesthetize us from the pain from which He can heal and grow us. “In quietness and trust is your strength…” Isaiah 30:15

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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  3. I love my down comforter in the winter, too – and the air conditioning in the summer. God took me out of my comfort zone 2 years ago – significantly out of my comfort zone. It was a journey filled with pain and isolation. He is returning me to the place He took me out of. There is a lot I have learned, a lot that was sanded – and I will sift for a very long time. God took Samuel out of his comfort zone – and then after every major work of God, sent him back home. I know that I never want to go anywhere with God – and that I will go anywhere He sends me as long as He is with me!

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  4. What a beautiful post. It’s easy for me to become complacent and comfortable with where I am in my life. I forget to look up, to take risks, to live the adverturous life. For me to follow hard after God in a pratical way would mean doing nothing “for” Him and simply spending time “with Him”. It’s hard for me to sit still. There are so many distractions.

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