Different people are inspired and motivated by different things. Some through music; some through movies; others through sunsets, quiet lakes, lush forests or snow-capped mountains.
For me it’s words. The right words and the right combination of words greatly inspire me; that’s why I love quotes and post one on Twitter and Facebook most every day.
For the past several months I’ve been thinking of two words which have taken on new and important meaning for me:
Satisfaction and sovereignty.
I put it like this: I am satisfied in Him and He is sovereign in me. As you can guess, I have a verse for each of these words:
1. Satisfaction: “Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.” Psalm 90:14 (NLT)
2. Sovereignty: “But he is singular and sovereign. Who can argue with him? He does what he wants, when he wants to. He’ll complete in detail what he’s decided about me, and whatever else he determines to do.” Job 23:13, 14 (The Message)
Here are a few thoughts I’ve had as I have been praying and thinking about the idea of me being satisfied in him and he being sovereign in me:
If I am truly satisfied in him, looking to him and him alone for my true, genuine and lasting satisfaction, I will be able to sing for joy to the end of my life. However, if I’m looking for this satisfaction in something else or someone else I will never be satisfied because I’ll always want more and, therefore, will not be singing a joyful song to the end of my days.
It was Pascal who said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created things, but only by God, the creator, made known through Jesus.” This vacuum cannot be filled (satisfied) by anything or anyone but God himself. To add another quote, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” John Piper
My prayer most days is that I would be truly satisfied in him and not be looking elsewhere. “For my people have committed two evils: They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13 (ESV)
I am tempted to look for satisfaction in:
- Financial security
But, as the old hymn says: “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
“God has the sovereign right to do what he wishes, and no other explanation is necessary.” John Frame
I rejoice and take great comfort in knowing that he is in control. “God who is the blessed controller of all things.” I Timothy 6:15 (Phillips). Not only in control but lovingly in control.
He is both sovereign and good at the same time. It brings me no end of joy to understand from Job 23:13,14 that he has a plan for me and that he will fulfill that plan. Perhaps not in the way I am thinking, nor in the timeframe I’m thinking, but he will complete in detail the purposes he has for me.
I rest in that glorious truth. I go to bed at night meditating on that glorious truth. When trials, and difficult situations arise, which they certainly have and will in the future, I stand on that glorious truth that he is sovereign.