“Woe to you who are well satisfied with food now, for you will be hungry.”
When we are well satisfied with one thing, usually we don’t go on pursuing another, do we? The world sees no problem in being well satisfied, does it? In fact, so many of the messages we see during the day are competing to have us think that theirs is the satisfaction we need: buy this, eat this, go here, have that…
The point here for you and for me with “Woe to you who are well satisfied with food now…” is that if we are living our best lives now, if we are well satisfied with all that we are, have, and do in the here and now, there will come a day when we will be hungry. We will be hungry for more. Psalm 42 gives us the ideal hunger and satisfaction to have:
“As a deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God!
I thirst for God,
for the living God.
“When will I be able to go and appear in God’s presence?”
Having a hunger and thirst for God’s presence in our lives will bring the only kind of satisfaction that lasts. No matter what is going on around you, what is happening to you or for you, being well satisfied with the bread of life (John 6.35) is the only way to avoid this woe.
The question for you and for me today then is this – what is satisfying us and will it last?