I Can’t Get No Satisfaction
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Rolling Stones hit America with that song in the early 1960’s. A band that made millions and had just about all the material things in life you could want. They have been singing that song for five decades now, and the truth is, they are not going to be satisfied until they find God. Only God the Father can provide what you need to satisfy you.
Material possessions will never give us satisfaction. You buy a new set of golf clubs, but you don’t improve your handicap, so you want another set. Your car has 100,000 miles on it, so the commercials entice you to trade that old car off and buy a new one. People will tell you that the old car may break down and you will end up spending 3,000- 4,000 dollars in repairs. It would be much better to spend 25,000 dollars on a new car.
We are supposed to be satisfied with what God provides. As God’s children should be satisfied with the basics; a roof over our heads, our daily bread, a car to drive, a job, insurance to help with medical bills, etc. But, American life teaches us that we aren’t living the good life until we have three of everything. But, what about the poor, the fatherless, the orphans, the widows, and all of the starving people worldwide?
Because the body of Christ has failed in helping people, we now have governments wanting to take from one group and distribute money and supplies to people in need. If the body of Christ would take our riches, and give to help those in need, we wouldn’t have governments wanting to control every aspect of our lives. We have not been fully obedient to God, so He is allowing the people in this world to do it our own way.
We can turn all this around by being satisfied with our basic needs and depending on God for those. By thanking God for what we have and giving what we can, we could wipe out poverty, starvation, homelessness, and the like. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is a great example of this. Yes, he paid 14% in federal taxes, plus social security, state taxes and any local taxes. What the commercials don’t tell you is he gave 16% of his income, year after year to charity. Yes, he chose to give it away, and that’s the right thing. That’s what we all should strive to do, give what we can to help those that are in need and eliminate the government’s need to rob Peter to pay Paul.
God, in this ever-changing world, help us all to depend on you and you alone. Help us to use what wealth we have, what extras we have to help your children in this world. In Jesus name, Amen.