Living Satisfied

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Living Satisfied – Fearing the Lord

At first glance, the subtitle of “Fearing the Lord” may seem like a strange way to frame a devotional about finding satisfaction in GOD. One might think an article about satisfaction would focus more on experiencing joy in GOD by going on walks with Him, finding Him in the activities and relationships that are life-giving, and other wonderful ways. While these activities and means of relating to GOD are essential to our daily life with Him, they are the effects, not the causes of finding satisfaction in GOD. Beneath this surface layer is the necessary fear of GOD that leads us to repentance and surrender that then allows us to be in such a beautiful relationship with Him.

Before going any further, we should clarify what it means to have a healthy “fear of the Lord.” Many of us may have had or still have an inaccurate picture of what it means to fear GOD. It’s not to say we constantly stress out about whether He will suddenly be angry with us or shoot down lightning bolts every time we curse under our breath, but instead is a reverence for Him. Fear of the Lord is a holistic respect for GOD as the Creator and Provider of all things and a Holy, Omnipotent, Eternal Being beyond our comprehension. Living in reality of such magnitude and coming to GOD with this perspective is the true meaning of having a healthy fear of the Lord.

The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction… (Proverbs 19:23a, NKJV).

Respecting Him

”Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks through him to GOD the Father” (Colossians 3:17, NLT).

To find satisfaction in GOD, we must start by revering and respecting Him. This way of connecting to GOD is the foundation for Him filling us with His presence and seeing Him at work in our daily lives. Practically, this means representing Him well here on earth as ambassadors for His kingdom. We must interact with others out of our relationship with GOD and treat them with the inherent dignity they possess are GOD’s child. It’s sometimes difficult, but in honoring others in such a way, we also honor and respect the master craftsman who meticulously designed them.

It also means living out of a deep sense of gratitude. Once we see GOD as the Alpha and Omega that gives His children multitudes of blessings that we often take for granted or otherwise feel entitled to, our hearts can’t help but overflow with thanks and appreciation for all of the gifts we don’t deserve and could never earn. So in respecting GOD, we honor Him by giving Him credit where it is due and responding with a gratitude that leads to us being satisfied with Him, however he chooses to bless us.

Obeying Him

“We know that GOD causes everything to work together for the good of those who love GOD and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).

Once we have a healthy respect for GOD, we must take the next step in faith and trust Him at His word by following his commands. It is one thing to recognize Him as sovereign, but another thing to actually live by His word. Obedience requires sacrifice, rather than just acceptance. But as we grow closer to GOD, the desire to follow His way deepens. As we respect GOD more and more, we see that He really does work situations together for our good and for His glory. The more we see Him with reverence and a healthy fear of the Lord, the easier it is to trust that He has our backs and knows what’s best for us in the long run of our earthly and eternal lives. As we live in accordance with GOD’s commandments, we find more and more satisfaction in our relationship with Him.

Submitting to Him

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,  and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV).

The third step in seeking true satisfaction in GOD is submission. If obedience is following the guidelines that GOD has put in place, submitting to GOD is the moment when we must die to ourselves and accept His direction for our lives. These moments often come in difficult situations or at large turning points in our lives and we are called to surrender our future to GOD out of our trust in Him. It can be a tumultuous process to let go of our desire to control or direct a situation and submit to GOD. Ultimately, however, if we going to be truly satisfied in Him, we must be willing to forgo everything but Him and still find Him to be all sufficient.

Worshiping Him

“Come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him…” (Psalm 95:1-, NLT).

While it is important for us to surrender to GOD, we must realize such submission doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Instead, true surrender to GOD only comes through a joyful relationship. Without a deep desire for GOD, we will constantly rebel and fight against GOD’s call on our life. Only when we genuinely seek the Lord in our prayer life and in our decision making and in our spiritual relationship with Him can we truly be satisfied in Him.

To develop this relationship, we respond to His presence in our lives through worship. Certainly worship includes corporate worship experiences, but it also how we live and move throughout each day. We can worship through how we serve in our jobs, how we greet others around town, even how we care for ourselves. Resting in GOD can even be a powerful form of worship. All of this to say, to be richly satisfied in GOD, we must worship Him for the Creator and Provider and Father He is in each of our lives and celebrate our relationship with him, both publicly and personally.

To find true satisfaction in GOD, we start by respecting Him and His divinity, which leads to obeying and ultimately submitting to His will. We then overflow with worship for Him, which takes us deeper into relationship with Him to the point where He is our all-in-all, our joy, our satisfaction. Let us all press on towards GOD through the power of the cross and pursue the deep and rich satisfaction that GOD offers each of us in relationship with Him.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1422323455062{background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}”][vc_column_text]

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