By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“Our God we will trust in thee. Shall we not find thee equal to our faith? One day, we shall laugh ourselves to scorn that we looked for so little from thee; for thy giving will not be limited by our hoping” – George Mcdonald
One of the most well-known and outstanding miracles of the Bible is the feeding of the 5,000. We all know the story: the crowds were hungry, and they didn’t have enough food, but Jesus blessed what little they had, multiplied it, and fed 5,000 men and their families. But look at this verse at the tail end of the story:
“They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over” (Luke 9:17).
You see, Jesus’ miracle could have produced just enough food for people to get by. Just enough to carry them over until they could go out and buy a late lunch. He could have just fed half the crowd and turned the rest away. But notice what this verse says: They all ate and were satisfied.
He did more than just the bare minimum. He made sure everyone was satisfied. Bellies were full and I’m sure some people were ready for an afternoon nap. Everyone had their fill. Not only that, but they had leftovers to take home – twelve basketfuls!
This is the God that we serve. A God that satisfies. One minute in His presence, one touch of His Spirit, one miracle, one word, and we are satisfied. All of our needs are met.
We don’t serve the God of the bare minimum, but rather a God of the cup overflowing.
I’m not saying that God will make you rich and give you everything that you want. I’m not talking about prosperity. I’m talking about satisfaction.
Have you ever met someone who didn’t have much, but they were completely content with what little they have? That is the kind of satisfaction that God wants to impart on us.
Whatever you are lacking, whatever holes fill your soul or chasms that mark your past, God wants to fill you to overflowing. He wants to offer you satisfaction.
Sometimes we are hesitant to leave sin behind or quit a harmful addiction because we are afraid of missing out. We are afraid more happiness is found in our sin then outside of it. But true satisfaction cannot be found in the midst of sin. True contentment and true fulfillment cannot be found in empty pleasures and carnal desires.
Instead, it is when we turn from our sin and turn towards Jesus that we will find true satisfaction.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5).