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The Stuff That Satisfies (Hint: It’s Not Stuff)

October 5, 2011

photo: G&B's Art Gallery

Downtown Dallas sits proudly right outside our window. Every morning, I look forward to opening the blinds and watching the sun rise over the skyscrapers. We’re among a few of our friends who have a stunning view in seminary housing. We feel pretty blessed to live in an apartment that people typically pay big bucks for.

But don’t be fooled. On a tight seminary budget we aren’t rolling in the dough by any means!

And that’s just where my heart often longs for more especially since the discipline of being frugal can get old. While all my needs are being met in addition to my wants and then some, the sinful part of me believes that stuff will satisfy my deepest longings. And I’m not just talking about the “big” stuff. The silly, little stuff too.

God desires to bless me and to give me good things but it’s the coveting, obsession, mismanaging, greed, lack of contentment and making comparisons that are like poison to the soul.

True life and contentment can only be found in a person and that person is Jesus. Life cannot be found in material possessions or gadgets or other goodies. I’ve looked and I just can’t seem to find it. Life just doesn’t exist there.

I don’t need to worry about the stuff that will fill up my life on a daily basis either. As always, Jesus has a way of gently shooting straight to the core:

Consider the ravens; they do not sow or reap, yet they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! – Luke 12:24

Will God take care of me and even give me my deepest desires? Certainly. They might look different than what I thought but he promises to provide for me. And a raven… A bird that isn’t attractive or special… God has his eye on and cares for.

God is much more concerned about the details of my life than a raven.

He knows about the stuff I long, but he wants me to learn to lean on Him before I try to put my trust in things that have the potential to greatly disappoint and that aren’t eternal.

Even though our budget might not look like anyone else’s right now, the truth is that I have more than I could ever imagine materially and spiritually. Above all, I have Jesus, my ultimate joy and satisfaction in life. And He is enough.

Do you ever long for more stuff? Is there anything stealing your satisfaction in Christ?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. stephindialogue permalink
    October 5, 2011 8:01 am

    This passage is always such a comfort to me. We need the reminder often, being new homeowners of a fixer-upper, and often having to choose between what we really want and what will save us money and still do the trick.

    Thanks for the reminder that simple is good and brings peace.

  2. October 5, 2011 10:30 am

    For me as well. I memorized it in college because anxiety and worry is my top struggle. And I draw to it often.

    I’m sure we’ll be having those decisions soon as well. We haven’t had the opportunity to be homeowners yet!

    Thanks for sharing Stephanie.

  3. Maribeth permalink
    October 5, 2011 5:34 pm

    I love your reminder to us all. No matter what your age it is a constant struggle in a world that measures you by your material possessions. I have “had” and have “had not” and I don’t care how much you have there is always a desire to have more. I love the verse found in I Timothy 6:6, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Only He satisfies. Great blog.

  4. October 6, 2011 12:12 pm

    Yes, materialism is something I struggle with off and on. I’ve been struggling with it recently, so this is a timely post. I often struggle when seasons change (new clothes, etc.) and also, we’ve been looking for a new house and I can be prone to wish for more than we afford. I have to keep reminding myself to find satisfaction in Him alone!

  5. October 7, 2011 12:59 pm

    I’m right there with you on the seasons changing. I love fall clothes and makeup and Pumpkin spice lattes.. 🙂 I have to check myself when it comes to moderation.

    Best wishes on the house hunting!

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