Finding Satisfaction in Jesus
A devotional by Tessa Huckstep
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” –John 6:35 (KJV)
“True satisfaction is found only in Jesus.”
I have heard this statement many times. Maybe you have too. In the Christian community, many of us are blessed to have friends who point us to Jesus Christ. These friends remind us that nothing in this world can satisfy but Christ alone. Often, we nod our heads and agree. We might even remind someone else that Jesus alone can satisfy. But how well do we live out this simple truth?
After a long afternoon at work, I came home at about nine o’clock in the evening. By this time of the evening, I was hungry, but I did not feel like making anything. I simply had the urge to snack. Conveniently, I had a chocolate bunny left over from Easter sitting on my dresser. I decided to eat it instead of making myself an actual meal. Not surprisingly, the chocolate did nothing to satisfy my hunger, though it did taste good. I had no desire to go to bed hungry. So, I decided to satisfy my hunger by making exactly what I needed: a grilled cheese sandwich.
There is a life lesson for us to learn from this situation: I knew before I ate the chocolate that it would not satisfy my hunger, but I ate it anyway. Isn’t this like the spiritual choices we make every day? For example: I know that when my spirit is afflicted, and I am feeling sad or depressed that I should go to Jesus. However, I often find myself running to “chocolate” (the things that feel good but do nothing to satisfy my soul) for solace.
What are we missing? Jesus said He is the Bread of Life. We can find complete satisfaction in Him, but He is usually the last place we run to. All the things that feel good—television, food, control—are constantly competing for our attention and promising satisfaction that they cannot deliver. As Christians, we need to ignore the noise of the world. It is only when we make a choice to turn away from the things that feel good that we can finally find the One (God) who can satisfy us and fill our empty hearts to the brim.
What are some ways you can choose to turn away from the noise of the world? Maybe you could consider taking a break from social media. Maybe you could choose to memorize Scripture and spend more time praying to your Heavenly Father. Focusing on Jesus Christ to satisfy our spiritual needs is a choice. Choose to turn away from the noise of the world and turn toward the only Source of true satisfaction.
Let’s Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for offering us satisfaction in our lives. Please grant us the strength to turn away from the noise of the world and turn to You. Help us to seek wholeness and satisfaction in You alone. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.
Song of Reflection: “Turn To Jesus” by Katy Nichole. Listen to it here.
Tessa Huckstep grew up in rural Illinois. She was born to Christian parents and has known Jesus Christ personally since the age of five.
Currently, Tessa is attending community college and majoring in elementary education. In the future, she plans to teach in the public school system, hoping to bring the love of God with her.
Tessa enjoys being active in her local church. She serves as a co-teacher for the two-to-five year old class where there is never a dull moment.
It is Tessa’s passion to be a girl after God’s own heart and through her studying of God’s Word, Tessa longs to draw closer to her Savior. Through her writing, she longs to take others with her on this journey of faith.
Tessa loves all things Regency, needlework, and dainty teacups of every size.
When she isn’t writing or studying for exams, she can be found in the kitchen with more flour in her hair and on the floor than in the bowl, though the mess is always half the fun!
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