I can’t overstate how crucial this discovery was.
When I first saw it in the Bible — everything changed.
What I discovered was that God promises to completely satisfy my heart in Himself.
Here’s six reasons this discovery was crucial —
Because God created us with longings for heart-satisfaction, and this longing can only be met in God.
There’s nothing wrong with longing for heart-satisfaction. Throughout God’s Word He assumes this is what motivates us (John 4:13-14; John 7:37-39; Isa 55:2).
But our longing for heart-satisfaction will only be satisfied in God — not in what He gives, but in knowing and beholding and worshiping Him (Psa 42:1-2;Psa 63:5-6; Psa 73:25-26; Psa 90:14; 1 Pet 1:8).
So if we ignore our hunger for heart-satisfaction, we ignore the way God has wired us, and we won’t find true and lasting joy.
Because God is most glorified in us when our hearts are fully satisfied in Him (from John Piper).
Notice how many Scriptures link joy in God with glorifying God — Luk 1:46-47; Psa 105:3; Isa 41:16; Acts 13:48; Rev 19:7.
Why the link? Because the more intensely we desire something, the more we display its worth.
So — the more we pursue and experience heart-satisfaction in God, the more we glorify God.
Because Jesus taught that faith must include coming to Him for heart-satisfaction.
In John 6:35 Jesus says faith involves hungry people coming to Him as the bread of life — and that if we come to Him He will satisfy all our heart-hunger.
Which means heart-satisfaction is at the center of what it means to trust Jesus.
So if we have faith in Christ, then we will seek Him for our heart-satisfaction, and we will fight to keep other things from becoming our heart-satisfaction.
Because heart-satisfaction is behind all our desires and actions.
My father taught that whatever we trust to satisfy us the most is what we will desire the most, and whatever we desire the most is what we will obey.
That’s why God’s Word shows that FAITH (trusting Jesus to satisfy me) results in Christ-centered DESIRES (joy, peace, and hope in Rom 15:13) and OBEDIENCE (Heb 11:8).
So — if I neglect the question of heart-satisfaction, then I’m neglecting what most powerfully influences my desires and actions.
Because the way God changes our desires and actions is by changing what we’re trusting to satisfy us.
This is how the Holy Spirit changes us. As we fight the fight of faith he gives us a feeling-taste of Jesus’ glory so we trust Him as our all-satisfying Treasure and desire Him more than anything (2Cor 3:18; Phil 3:8).
And when we trust Him as our all-satisfying Treasure we will —
- Be assured that our satisfaction in Him is secured forever (Jude 1:24-25)
- Love Him more than anything else (Mark 12:30)
- Lay down anything else to gain more of Him (Matt 13:44)
- Rejoice in him with unspeakable joy (1Pet 1:8)
- Give lavishly to the needy (Luke 12:33-34)
- Be at peace — because everything in the future will bring us more joy in Him (2Cor 4:16-18)
- Give ourselves to His global purpose — because this will bring us even more joy in Him (1Pet 4:14)
So if our faith doesn’t include trusting Jesus as our all-satisfying Treasure, then we won’t experience the Holy Spirit transforming our desires and actions.
Because whatever I am trusting to satisfy me IS my God.
Paul taught that greed is idolatry (Col 3:5). So anything I’m greedy for — anything I desire more than God — is an idol. It functions as God to me.
That’s another reason heart-satisfaction is so important. Because I can agree that Jesus is the Son of God, and trust Him to forgive my sins — but if I am trusting applause as my heart-satisfaction, then Jesus is not my God — applause is.
Greed — for anything other than Jesus Christ — is idolatry.
So don’t neglect the question of your heart-satisfaction — that’s how you will know what your God really is.
- Don’t ignore your longings for heart-satisfaction. God wants you to pursue them — in Him.
- Our problem is not that we pursue joy too much — it’s that we settle for the tiny joys of the world instead of pursuing the infinite joy of God.
- Every sin is caused by seeking heart-satisfaction in something other than God. Which means the way to fight sin is by seeking heart-satisfaction IN God.
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