Are you at the top but still feel like something is missing? Are you financially set and yet still feel that you need something else? Are you in a great job and yet feel there is something missing? Have you bought everything you want and still feel something is missing? Whether you’re famous or not…rich or not…popular or not…successful or not… did you know there are many who still feel they are missing something? Like there is a hole or a void they try to fill with different stuff. Consider all the “famous” or “popular” people who look like they have everything and then the wheels fall off.
Jesus is the answer! For our soul to have peace, we need to add Him into the mix. He needs to be invited into our life. We need to ask Him into our hearts. He is the only one who can satisfy our souls!
Today’s devotion put it this way…
You are not simply body and mind. You are a soul created for relationship with God. How then do you satisfy your soul? –from Day 138: Bible In One Year 2017
Satisfy Your Soul — Day 138: Bible In One Year 2017
1. Seek God day and night … Psalm 63
Do you realize that the longing, the thirst, the hunger is we need God in our lives? We are more than just physical beings, we are spiritual beings and so we need to also take in spiritual food, the bread of life, the Word of God! Physical things cannot satisfy the need, even though so many have tried and will try in an effort to fill that void, but the reality is that it can only be filled by God! We need Jesus who is and gives living water that will make it so we won’t thirst spiritually anymore. We need Jesus who is the bread of life.
So let’s worship God! Let’s walk with Him and talk with Him and build our relationship with Him stronger and more intimate! It’s not a one time thing but a relationship we need to build up so that as we walk out each day we walk in His presence and allow Him to give us wisdom and discernment for every situation and decision we make.
Having problem focusing? Having problems sleeping? Having problems staying asleep?
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
— Psalm 63:6
We don’t have to try and go it alone! God created us on purpose for a purpose to be in relationship with Him!
7Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me. –from Psalm 63
2. Communicate with God through Jesus … John 10:22-42
We don’t need to go through life alone! Jesus spoke with and walked with His disciples. He is still available today for us to speak with and walk with. Jesus is God! We see in today’s reading where he says so but there was resistance or as today’s devotional puts it…
Communication with Jesus is communication with God. Those who met Jesus understood he was claiming to be God (v.33). When he said, ‘I and the Father are one’ (v.30) and ‘the Father is in me, and I in the Father’ (v.38), there was no ambiguity in the ears of his hearers. His opponents understood it as blasphemy – ‘because you, a mere human being, claim to be God’ (v.33) – and they picked up stones to stone him (vv.31–33).
–from Day 138: Bible In One Year 2017
So listen to Jesus as His disciples did when He communicates with you. Today’s devotional speaks to the importance of being in relationship and communicating with Jesus this way…
Jesus communicated with his disciples and he continues to communicate with us. He says, ‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me’ (v.27). We see here the marks of a true Christian:
Believing in Jesus
There is a contrast in this passage between those who ‘believed in Jesus’ (v.42) and those who ‘do not believe’ (vv.25–26). Belief in Jesus means believing in him when he says, ‘I am God’s Son’ (v.36) and putting your trust in him.
Jesus says, ‘my sheep listen to my voice. I know them…’ (v.27). To be a Christian is to recognise and follow the voice of Jesus. This is what defines a Christian – not so much knowledge about Jesus, but actually knowing him. This is then followed up by the wonderful declaration that Jesus also knows us.
Jesus says, ‘they follow me’ (v.27). It affects your life. As Jesus said elsewhere, ‘By their fruit you will recognise them’ (Matthew 7:16,20). James wrote, ‘Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead’ (James 2:17). The primary evidence of faith is love. Those who follow Jesus will follow his example of love.
Jesus promises every true Christian: ‘I give them eternal life’ (John 10:28). This is not just about quantity of life; it is also about quality. Jesus satisfies our spiritual hunger and thirst. In a relationship with Jesus we find this deep soul satisfaction that cannot be found anywhere else.
Jesus promises that this relationship with him will go on forever. It starts now, but it is ‘eternal’ (v.28). Those who follow Jesus will ‘never perish’ (v.28). This is a gift (‘I give them eternal life’, v.28). It cannot be earned, nor can it be lost. Jesus promises, ‘no one can snatch them out of my hand… no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand’ (vv.28–29).
There may be many struggles and temptations along the way, but ultimately the hand of Jesus and the hand of the Father are engaged together in protecting you. A Christian may lose their job, their money, their family, their liberty and even their life, but they can never lose eternal life.
–from Day 138: Bible In One Year 2017
3. Pour out your heart and soul to God — 1 Samuel 1, 1 Samuel 2:1-26
Do you have a need? Do you have a desire? Do you have a question? Do you need help? Is there anything that you desperately need God to provide?
Cry out to God! Be like Hannah who gave it all up to God because she couldn’t do it in her own strength or power. So she gave it all up to God!
Will you trust God? Will you give your needs up to Him? Will you walk in obedience to His instruction and direction?
Don’t allow a bitter root to take heart! Trust in God! Be obedient to what God tells you! Don’t abuse or take for granted God’s love, but build up your faith and your relationship with God!
Today’s devotional speaks to today’s reading from 1 Samuel about Hannah and her family as follows…
Is there something you want desperately from God?
It is almost inevitable that at times in our lives we will feel ‘distress of soul’ (1:10, AMP). Never allow bitterness to eat away in your heart – but, like Hannah, pour it out to the Lord. ‘Crushed in soul, Hannah prayed to God and cried and cried – inconsolably’ (v.10, MSG).
There is nothing more releasing than to pour out your soul before the Lord – to tell him what your problems are, rather than carrying them around yourself – and to ask him for the solution, and then to receive the peace of God (Philippians 4:6–7).
Relief from her anguish comes to Hannah long before she actually sees the answer to her prayer.
This is a beautiful picture of heartfelt prayer from the depth of the soul. ‘As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard’ (1 Samuel 1:12–13a). Eli accuses her of being drunk. She replies, ‘Not so, my lord… I am a woman who is deeply troubled… I was pouring out my soul to the Lord… I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief’ (vv.15–16).
Eli tells her, ‘Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him’ (v.17). And as she left her face was no longer downcast: ‘She ate heartily, her face radiant’ (v.18, MSG). She knew deep down that God had heard her prayer and, indeed, ‘the Lord remembered her’ (v.19). In fact, God more than answered her prayer. Not only did he give her the child she longed for, she gave birth to six children (2:21).
Meanwhile, ‘the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favour with the Lord and with people’ (v.26). This is the prayer we have prayed so often for our children.
Hannah’s prayer after Samuel’s birth is a vivid demonstration of the soul satisfaction that she experiences through her relationship with God. She prays and thanks God that ‘those who were hungry hunger no more’ (v.5).
The amazing thing in Hannah’s prayer is that the supreme source of her joy is not her child, but in the Lord. She says, ‘My heart rejoices in the Lord’ (v.1). He is the source of soul satisfaction:
‘I’m walking on air… God brings life… he rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope, restoring dignity and respect to their lives’ (vv.1,6,8, MSG).
–from Day 138: Bible In One Year 2017