The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, “He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!”~Matthew 11:19 NLT
“I want to go to big-boy school,” he said—but he didn’t.
Our middle grandson—three at the time—thought he wanted to go to school. And he had mastered what we told him he had to before he could go: going to the potty. Now he was ready for summer to end and school to start. Until after the first day.
His visit to the room before enrolling went well. He played with the toys. I suppose he thought that was all he would do for the entire day. When the second day rolled around, his excitement vanished. Instead of “I want to go to big-boy school,” he loudly proclaimed, “I don’t want to go to big-boy school.”
By the second day, he had figured out work was involved in this school thing. I dropped him off in his room and listened to him scream as I walked away. Although he soon quieted down, he was no more ready to go to school the following day than he had been the second day. He got what he wanted, but didn’t want it when he got it.
When we believe God has a plan for us and is executing it, we can experience satisfaction—even though the plan may not look anything like the one we had imagined.~Martin Wiles, author of Don’t Just Live…Really Live
Jesus also faced a group of unsatisfied people. John the Baptist came along, living a minimalist lifestyle and preaching harshly, and the religious authorities didn’t like Him. Jesus followed with a party lifestyle, but they didn’t like Him either.
I suppose I could make a long list of things I thought I wanted, but things that didn’t satisfy me after I got them. Possessions and relationships might top the list. Like a child with a new toy, I experienced satisfaction only for a short time.
“I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.”~Philippians 4:12 NLT
Learning satisfaction in all circumstances—which the apostle Paul said he had done—without destroying our initiative to be all we can for Christ isn’t the easiest task in the world. But it can be done.We’ll continue to move toward God’s goal with our best efforts, knowing we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. #VineWords #GotitDidntWantIt @Linesfromgod Click To Tweet
When we believe God has a plan for us and is executing it, we can experience satisfaction—even though the plan may not look anything like the one we had imagined. At the same time, we’ll continue to move toward God’s goal with our best efforts, knowing we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. A delicate balance, but one Christ helps us maintain.
Don’t be satisfied with just anything. Be satisfied with what and whom God brings into your life.
What steps can you take to learn satisfaction in all circumstances?
Father God, help us to want only those things You want for us. Amen.
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Martin Wiles is an author, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina.
He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized devotion site, Love Lines from God.
Wiles is the managing editor for Christian Devotions, the senior editor for Inspire a Fire, and a proof editor for Courier Publishing. He has also served as web content editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
Wiles has authored A Whisper in the Wood: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God, and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books), and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
He has served as regional correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum.
Wiles has been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Open Windows, Proclaim, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, Upper Room, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, Stand Firm, The Banner, Relevant, and Lutheran Digest.
He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, and Vine Words: Devotions and More, and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal.
Wiles’s latest book, Don’t Just Live…Really Live is under contract with Ambassador International.
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