GLORIOUS SATISFACTION

What a tender thought.

That all Jesus wants to do is satisfy us.

He wants to satisfy the deep and unquenchable desires of our hearts.

He comes for the disciples.

He follows them to their point of disappointment and confusion.

What are we to do now? They ask…

They go fishing.

They don’t know they were created for a much greater fishing expedition.

They can’t see the glory that awaits them.

But Jesus can.

He knows why they were created.

Only he knows how to shepherd them toward the satisfaction that will calm and soothe their restless souls.

We are all like wild horses.

Full of power that is initially unbridled.

But Jesus comes to us in our wild nature and stubbornness and confusion to lead us to our life’s calling and greatest desires.

He weaves our dreams into our reality.

It is only by his grace and mercy and his voice and his leading that we find peace.

No purpose. No peace.

Jesus asks one question that shows his desire to bless us.

He calls them “children” when he asks, do you have anything to eat?

Of course he knows the answer.

They are empty and void of success.

They are hungry to feed their bodies, but more so to feed their souls.

We can not adequately interpret our hearts’ desires.

We think we can.

But scripture says our hearts are deceitful.

We need Jesus to guide us to the undiscovered yearnings and groanings of our innermost being.

He knows us and he grows us.

He was hurting for them.

He wanted them to be satisfied and it hurt him to see hem floundering and without success, searching for something that was right in front of them, something they couldn’t see because they were focused in their pain and focused on what they just lost.

They thought God had forsaken them and left them.

We know he will never leave us or forsake us!!!!

Jesus shows them how to feed their bodies by giving them the strategy to pull in the food they hungered for.

But he brought far more than they could have caught on their own.

He wants to bless us to overflow!!!

And if we listen for him, he will satisfy us and more than enough!!!

And notice that when they caught that abundant catch, he already had food waiting for them.

He had fish and bread.

He had the meal they wanted already prepared.

They were flailing and failing while all they had to do was look for Jesus.

The meal was waiting for them.

The fish had already been caught and cooked.

They didn’t have to toil for it.

It was ready to eat!

But they couldn’t see it before. They were focused on their inability more than the Lord’s availability.

He’s always available to feed us and satisfy us to the utmost!!!

After he showed them the meal that awaited them, he asked them to bring what they caught to the table.

Jesus not only wants to feed us, he wants to bring us along with him as he completes his purposes.

This is how he shows us our calling.

As we allow him to feed us and he walks with us and satisfies us, he empowers us by the Holy Spirit to add to his purpose and plan and do what only we can do together.

He reveals that through him and relationship with him we can bring in a bountiful harvest of souls and abundance in every area of our lives.

He wants to partner with us.

It’s not just about him doing all the work.

He wants us to do some of the heavy lifting and share in the bounty.

We are called to save souls and enjoy the fellowship among the new believers with Jesus.

The family grows as we grow with Jesus.

This is why Jesus asks Peter “Do you love me?” … “Then feed my sheep.”

If we love Jesus we will allow him to use us to bring more people to love Jesus.

He will do most of the work.

But we are called as his ambassadors to reconcile unbelievers to Christ by his power.

And we are to look to him for satisfaction the whole while!

Have no fear.

Jesus is making your meals right now.

He will sustain you.

He will sit and spend time with you.

He enjoys your company.

He enjoys feeding you to empower you and showing you your heart’s untold desires.

He enjoys blessing you to be a blessing to others.

He enjoys loving you to love others.

He enjoys giving you life to give life to others.

He is a God of relationship.

Sit at the table and eat.

And watch him show you how to bring your own abundance of fruit to the table.

And abundant inflow of more souls to love and spend time with Jesus.

Just don’t let disappointment and doubt stand in the way of you recognizing Jesus’ love and his presence.

Call on him.

Look for him.

You will find him.

And you will find rest for your restless soul.

God bless you.

FM

Text: John 21:5-6

Then Jesus saith unto them, “Children, have ye any meat?” They answered him, “No.”
 
And he said unto them, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
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