How Satisfied Are You?

Christian Contentment - Finding satisfaction that only comes through Christ.


By Jill Briscoe

“He shall see the travail of his soul, and be satisfied.”

Isaiah 53:11


The Scriptures tell us that Jesus found satisfaction after His sufferings. For some of us it will be the same. Death, which has been described as the last step of faith, will see us through the door to daylight’s delight. Satisfaction, as the world understands it, may never come to some of us in this life. But one day after it is over we will be met with the Saviour’s “Well done,” and we will be satisfied.

What is satisfaction? Madison Avenue insists that it includes “beauty” and must be pursued by all means and to all ends. We are asked to believe that to be truly satisfied with ourselves we must be truly beautiful. And yet in the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah we read that Jesus “had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” (v.2, NIV). Apparently, in God’s value system appearance is not all that important! It’s what people do because of who they are that matters in the highest place, not how they dress it up or paint it on. Jesus, contrary to popular opinion in His day, was a divine success and gained satisfaction from knowing that “... the will of the Lord” prospered [or succeeded] in His hand (v.10).

The one who concentrates on pleasing Him before death discovers that after the crushing and the cross there will be the crown! So be it.