Scriptures:Haggai 1:6,7,9b You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Consider your ways… Why? Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies yourself with your own house.
Psalm 145:13-16 The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Devotional: Back in 1965, The Rolling Stones released a song calledI Can’t Get No Satisfaction. It’s a song that has endured as a classic rock song as Mick Jagger sings, “I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction. But I’ve tried, and I’ve tried, and I’ve tried and I’ve tried – I can’t get no satisfaction, no, no, no.” Complex lyrics, huh?
But these lyrics well describe many of us today. We live in the richest country, have more conveniences than ever at our fingertips, yet we never seem to be satisfied. We can drink, yet still thirst; eat, but still be hungry; have our lives filled with “stuff”, but void of joy.
In the Haggai passage, the people of God were experiencing the same. And God sent the prophet to warn them. “Consider your ways” he says. Their insatiable state was due to their neglect of the things of God and the over attention to their own comfort. It is, as the prophet says, like having a bag with holes. In the bag mentality there is never enough.
Psalm 145 reminds us that when we look to God, humble ourselves before Him, and look to Him for our provision, our deepest desires will be satisfied. What a blessed assurance.
Somebody please tell Mick.
- Do you ever struggle with a bag with holes mentality? That is, there’s just never enough and you can’t get no satisfaction?
- When you consider your ways, do you give more attention to your own comfort, or to the things of God?
- In this series, we’ve been talking about the upside-down Kingdom of God.Whoever wants to be great must be a servant, the first will be last, etc. This also applies to our generosity and level of satisfaction. The secret to satisfaction is not more, but less; not getting but giving. How can you begin to change your focus in those areas where you struggle with the bag mentality?