You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes! Haggai 1:6
I think one of the biggest problems in this world is dissatisfaction. Or you could also call it unfullfillment. That reminds me of the song that was popular when I was a kid by the Rolling Stones "You can't get no satisfacation." (Yes, I know, that ages me!) Yet, if it was possible to achieve satisfaction in this life, then surely those people with fame, fortune, power, and beauty would be satisfied. Those that have accumulated all the things we are told will make us happy and satisfied should be at the pinnacle of satisfaction, right? Yet what do we see? Divorce, Infidelity, Drug overdose, Alcoholism, Violence. . .etc.. (The recent story of Tiger Woods comes to mind) What we find is that the very people who should be the most satisfied are even more unsatisfied then the rest of us because when you reach the top, there is nothing else to grab for, nothing else to hope for that will bring fulfillment. That's why when I came across this verse in Haggai last week, it really spoke to me. These are the people who have everything, yet they find themselves completely unsatisfied.
Does that describe you? If you're a follower of Jesus and you find yourself feeling this way from time to time, might I suggest, you've drifted away, if only ever so slightly, from the Source of all satisfaction?
God tells us in His Word what brings true satisfaction and fulfillment. In this Scripture in Haggai, He goes on to say that the people were living in disobedience. He had asked them to build a temple and they were procrastinating. Consequently, no matter what they did, no matter how much stuff they accumulated, they were unhappy. I see their disobedience as a result of two things.
A lack of belief - They didn't truly believe that being obedient to God would give them the result they longed for. If they did, they would have done what He said. How about you? Do you think being obedient to God will lead to a boring, restrictive life of servitude? Or do you believe like He says in His Word, that He came to give you life more abundantly? John 10:10
A lack of love - They didn't truly love God more than anything or anyone else. If they did, they would have put Him first and His commands first. They would have valued His temple more than their own homes. How about you? Is God first in your life? Or is He only reserved for Sundays or whenever a tragedy occurs and you need Him? Do you read the Bible with great anticipation like you would a love letter from someone you love more than anything? Or do you read it quickly like a chore to be marked off your list?
Delight yourself also in the LORD,And He shall give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4
Delight means a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture. to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly.
Do you delight in God? Might I suggest that if you are dissatisfied with your life, perhaps you should. For HE promises He will give you the desires of your heart.!
Now, I'm not perfect and I mess up alot, but I can honestly say, this promise works!!! It has worked in my own life so powerfully, that I can honestly say I love my life and am more satisfied now than I've ever been. Trust me, it works!