“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is a song by the iconic English rock band, the Rolling Stones. The dominant theme in the song, which was originally released in 1965, is commercialism—never being satisfied with what you have and always wanting more.
Well, I have a word of supernatural satisfaction to give you today.
I will satisfy them with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty. (Jeremiah 31:14)
The prophet Jeremiah tells us there is a “satisfaction” the world knows nothing about. It is a supernatural satisfaction that comes from above, not below.
When God says, “I will satisfy them with abundance,” what abundance is He talking about? It is most certainly not what the prosperity gospel preachers say it is; it is not an abundance of health and wealth and all things material. The abundance Jeremiah promised comes from heaven and it comes in the form of the Almighty. It is not found not in the many good gifts God gives to us, but rather it takes its form in the Giver of the gifts Himself.
Here is another word from God on this subject to Jeremiah:
This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
To be filled with the bounty of God is to be filled with God Himself. This is the only place real satisfaction can be found, because it is the only place where your satisfaction can never be taken away from you. Every good gift can be taken away. Every blessing can be lost.
Job lost everything. He lost His health and his wealth and all ten of his children in one ghastly, agonizing day. Yet throughout all that unimaginable loss, Job never lost sight of the One who was his ultimate satisfaction: the Lord God Omnipotent. When our abundance is rooted in the Almighty, it cannot be shaken.
Think about it this way: are you truly satisfied deep down because of the stuff you have in this life? Are you satisfied because of your accomplishments? If you are honest, you’ll answer, “Of course not!” Nothing from below was ever designed to bring us ultimate satisfaction. When we seek our satisfaction in anything smaller than God, we must sing along with the Rolling Stones, “I can’t get no satisfaction, no satisfaction, no satisfaction!” If our Lord Jesus Christ is not enough to bring us satisfaction, what on this earth possibly will? Those who are struggling with this unfulfilled feeling will always find it rooted in the wrong desires of their sinful hearts.
Make no mistake, only sanctified souls are satisfied souls. Now, I am not implying that these are perfect people! None of us will live in perfection—or anything close to it—until we are glorified on the other side of the grave. What I am saying is that those who have a heart that truly beats for Jesus are the sanctified souls who find supernatural satisfaction in spite of whatever circumstances they face in this life.
God has promised to satisfy you with His abundance and His bounty; every promise God makes, He keeps. You can get satisfaction . . . if you are looking for it in your Savior. Nothing and no one else will satisfy.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!