“Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna…He did it to teach you that people need more than bread for their life; real life comes by feeding on the word of the LORD.”
Deuteronomy 8:3 (NLT)
The Bible has many examples of those who were not satisfied. These people still exist today, and have a lifestyle of complaining. Many are spiritually drowning in their anger with God.
And the award for “Most Unsatisfied in the Bible” is…..
When God led the Israelites out of Egypt, He rescued them from slavery, swallowed up their enemies in the Red Sea, gave them manna from heaven, and caused water to come from rocks. All this, and still, they were not satisfied. He had given them all they needed to get to the land of milk and honey. In return for His provision, instead of giving praise, they were ungrateful and wanted more. They were grumbling, and because of this, they spent 40 years taking an 11 day journey. Talk about a detour! This was all because they were too consumed with their selves to see the lesson the Lord was teaching them. They were sinking…drowning in their complaints.
If we are honest, we too often find ourselves drowning in our own selfish desires. We can become angry with God when we focus on what we don’t have, and take our focus from Him. This applies to everything from our health, the death of a loved one, our financial situation, and on and on. Real living is about knowing God and feasting on His word. This will bring us satisfied, joyful lives.
David’s struggle with this very thing is recorded in Psalm 13. A short prayer that started with complaining and anger:
“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?”
David also shows us the correct response a few lines down:
“But, I will trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.”
Instead of being unsatisfied, we need to be thankful. The Lord loves us and has provided salvation, even though we don’t deserve it. He is good, even when we don’t understand it. Won’t you examine your heart and attitude today? Are you grumbling and complaining? Are you unsatisfied in your life? Turn your eyes to the One who deserves your gratitude and attention. He can change any situation. He changed me.
Walk in Love.