The Flesh is Never Satisfied


discontentmentDeath and the grave are never satisfied, and neither are we.

Proverbs 27:20 CEV (emphasis added)


The world is constantly changing, and there will always be something that we desire. We may think that if we just get what we want, we’ll be satisfied; but even if we do get it, there will be something else to add to the list later on down the line. The flesh wants what it wants, and usually it wants it immediately. We can think that if we have everything we yearn for that it will keep us happy, but that feeling will soon fade away because our flesh stays hungry. Our society is consumed with having stuff, so we’re constantly on the mission to accumulate something, even if we don’t need it. For some people it’s a desire for more money, more electronics, more clothes and shoes, more cars, more jewelry, and the list is endless. When the thrill of getting the new thing is over, then the unsuccessful pursuit of more begins.  

What we need to realize is that we just need more of Jesus! We are everything in Him and have everything because of Him, and that should be enough. 1 John 2:17 says that the world and its desires will pass away, so since this is true, why do we consume ourselves with material things that we can’t take with us? The devil will make it seem like whatever you have just isn’t enough and you need more. In Philippians 4:11-12, Paul said that he has learned to be content no matter what situation he was in, whether he had a lot or not enough. There’s a lesson to be learned from Paul. We need to show appreciation for what God has given us and stop focusing on what He hasn’t given us yet. If we can’t appreciate what we have, why would God give us more to be ungrateful for. When we are consumed with greed, it makes it seem like what God has done for us isn’t enough. We need to learn how to renew our spirits with Jesus. Our earthly bodies will die, but our spirits will live forever. We need to work on satisfying our spiritual man instead of our earthly man. When we’re truly satisfied and content with Jesus, the cares of the world are meaningless and we can be happy without the constant pursuit of trying to get stuff.

Meditation Scripture (s):

  • Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Ecclesiastes 6:9 NLT
  • Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. Ecclesiastes 1:7-8 NLT

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