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There’s this song I’ve always loved by PFR that says, “I never want to be satisfied…”  And the song is really speaking about being stagnant and not growing.  So the more I think about it these days, the more I think the wording of the oft repeated line is off.  It shouldn’t be “I never want to be satisfied” but rather “I never want to be complacent.”

Because never being satisfied is bad.

Yes, we are told in the scriptures to hunger and thirst for righteousness and to strive to enter the narrow door and to strive together for the faith… But we are also told that Jesus is the bread of life and the living water and that no one who drinks the living water He gives will be thirsty again.  And we are told that we are to “cease striving” and know that God is God!

There is a place to yearn for God like the deer yearns for water and we certainly do not want to become complacent.  But we must also learn contentment.  To be content in God and with God.

One of the main themes that really struck me when reading C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra was the issue of contentment.  He hints at, suggests and alludes several times throughout the book that our being discontent is a result of sin.  Since sin entered the world, we seem to have these voracious appetites.  And I am not simply referring to an appetite for food.

But let’s start there.  Why can we not be content with a simple, single serving of something really delicious – like ice cream.  Why are we not satisfied with it?  Why must we always go back for more and more?  Watch people – or watch yourself – at a buffet.  The tendency is to eat more because it tastes so good – not because we need it, but because we simply think we must have more.

The same holds true for material possessions, for love, for attention, for achievement, for success, for praise… the list goes on.  After reading Lewis, I’ve begun to think that our materialistic society is not causing us to be unsatisfied and discontent so much as it is simply the end result (and also reinforcing) this sinful tendency we already have!

In reading a vastly different book this evening, another picture came to mind.  Perhaps because writing this blog on Lewis and contentment was on my mind.  Or because Lewis did have a fascinating book on what hell might be like.  Or because this new author was already referring to hungering for God and having unsatisfied (his term was roving) appetites.  In speaking of these things, this author used the illustration of a tape worm.  He had a friend who kept eating and eating but was losing weight.  Truth is, the friend could have “starved” to death while eating all the time!

But it was the word “worm” that struck the chord and brought all those notes together into a new melody for me.  Jesus referred to hell as a place where the worm does not die.  Now I’m fairly sure he was not referring to tapeworms, but doesn’t it make a good illustration?  Correlation?  Where the worm never dies? You can eat and eat and eat but never be satisfied.  Our sinful state is like a tapeworm that never allows us to be satisfied…

Just now BarlowGirl’s “Psalm 73” song came on and even as I type I can hear them singing over and over, “My God’s enough for me.”

Isn’t that the truth?  God is all we need.  God provides all we need.  We should be content in Him.

I think in part we, being sinful, are naturally prone to being discontented.  To having that tapeworm.  But, praise be to God, his sacrifice on the cross means that the chains can be broken and that sinful nature does not need to have control!  The tapeworm can be removed!

But, creatures of habit that we are, it takes us awhile to unlearn the voracious hunger that will not be satisfied.  We must learn to be content in God.

Because our God is enough.

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