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Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Welcome, Faithfulness Friday friends!  The 1965 song, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (by the Rolling Stones) came to mind as I began reading Proverbs, chapter 23 (our focus today).  Here’s the song to refresh your memory.  🙂

This chapter of Proverbs immediately speaks of eating with rulers, gluttony, and a general focus on riches and delicacies.

“Hey, Hey, Hey! That’s what I say…”

What does God say?  He gives us fun music – and many gems of verses where we can find satisfaction in the Lord.   In the scriptures leading up to this one, I thought of discontentment – and then God addressed His answer in this Faithfulness Friday highlight verse.

Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord. For surely you have a future ahead of you; your hope will not be disappointed.
(Proverbs 23:17)

Why are we always comparing our blessings to the possessions of others?  This proverb is specifically telling us not to envy sinners.  Could it be that we struggle with envy of sinners because we think we deserve better due to our love for the Lord?  Could it be because we see how sinners (much of the time) use dishonesty and deceit to get ahead?

God calls us to a life of contentment.  When we look for fulfillment in worldly things, the result is discontentment.

Having a mindset of thankfulness will take the focus off of what we don’t have onto the blessings we do have.  Here are a few verses to help us in the area of contentment – the contentment that God is faithful to provide.

And he said to them, ‘take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’
(Luke 12:15)

But Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
(1 Timothy 6:6-8)

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
(Isaiah 26:3)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
(Psalm 23:1)

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
(Matthew 5:6)

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’
(Hebrews 13:5)

So, remove your face of angst …

no satisfaction

… by focusing on the promises and instruction in God’s Word.

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I’m looking forward to hearing which verses spoke to you in a special way today.

On a side note, with all that’s happening in our country these days where things may look bleak, we can face tomorrow because the Lord is faithful!

And … because He lives~

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5 Comments

  • Debbi Saunders

    Hello Kim;

    In all this craziness with the Virus I haven’t seen any new blog posts in a while and I was wondering how you and your Family have been doing?
    I am suppose to return to school on the 24th….but don’t feel comfortable about it with the large surge of new Covid cases here in Central Florida where I live….

    Hope that you are well and you continue to be in my prayers….
    God Bless You…

    Debbi Saunders

    • Kim

      Hi, Debbi! I’m sorry to not say before-hand, but I decided to take the summer off from blogging. Was tired of “fighting” internet/computer issues. I admit it’s been a nice break, but I miss my readers – and writing. 🙂 I try to avoid groups – and children since we don’t know if they are carriers, like usual. Our cases have begun to decrease after the upsurge from a couple of weeks back. I hope this is the case for you, too, as you take the necessary precautions. Thank you for your service in your school! My most recent scan showed cancer is stable, praise the Lord! Thank you for your prayers, and I hope to be back soon. Hugs!

  • Debbi Saunders

    I am so glad to hear from you Kim! and totally understand the need to take the summer off! To rest,relax, reflect,regain strength that will promote healing physcially, mentally, emotionally and Spiritually….And was praising the Lord with you for the wonderful news from your last scan!!! But continued daily prayers for your total healing and recovery….
    This quarantine time has really help bring so many things in my life into focus (On the Lord) and it has also been a season of personal and Spiritual growth. I have also thanked God for being able to see all the silver-linings in the midst of this devastating Covid19 pandemic crisis….
    Just so glad to hear from you and know that you are doing well!

    Hugs!
    God Bless you and your Family…

    Debbi

  • Ruth

    Dear Kim ~

    I’ve been thinking of you as I’ve missed seeing your entries over the summer. I am so glad I checked your latest with comments to know that you are doing well. You are in my prayers. May God continue to richly bless you and yours and keep you in His tender loving care. Enjoy your time off and I hope to see more entries from you in the fall. You are an inspiration to so many.

    In Christ,
    Ruth

    • Kim

      Thank you very much for your prayers and your patience. God has been so faithful to keep me feeling well in spite of illness! What began as a “summer off” has developed into much longer than expected. Your encouragement and understanding are true blessings. I hope to “talk” soon. Hugs! 🙂

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