A Big Appetite But No Satisfaction

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S-cripture:

Ecclesiastes 6:7 Everyone’s toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied.

O-bservation:

King Solomon is driven to return to his previous observation in Proverbs 16:26, where he said, “The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.” Solomon was mesmerized as he watched the common person be driven by their appetite to eat. Yet, he finds that most humans have a “Big Appetite, But No Satisfaction.”

A-pplication:

I have been blessed to have been raised by successful parents. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy food. I had to eat. But there has never been a thought in my life that I wouldn’t have a way to get my next meal. That was certainly not true for the average person in Solomon’s day, and even today, I work with people who have often told me, “Rich, I am never sure where my next meal is coming from.” But let’s move from the subject of food to something else. What about having a big appetite for things of the flesh. The Bible talks about “The lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). These are folks with a “Big Appetite But No Satisfaction.” The only real satisfaction that can counter these fleshly desires is peace with God through Jesus Christ. YES, these fleshly desires can be conquered when we give Jesus His rightful place on the throne of our lives.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I am so grateful that you are in charge of me. Because you are, these desires have been tamed. Oh yes, there are times when they raise their ugly head; however, You always give me the grace to overcome them! Amen
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A Satisfied Appetite

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S-cripture:

John 6:48 I am the bread of life.

O-bservation:

Jesus was speaking to His disciples about Who it was they were actually following. After His discourse, His Disciples began to question Him and then argue with each other, and in time, some left Him (v. 66). Some of it, at the outset, sounded extremely alarming. He talked about eating His flesh and drinking His blood. Of course Jesus was referring to the commemoration of the "Last Supper" by Christians for all time. But at that time it was not yet experienced or understood. What Jesus was actually putting forth was the idea that "I am all you need." Almost as if, "I am The Father’s personal appetite suppressant for the rest of your life. If you will ingest ALL that I'm offering you, ALL you will ever need, or desire, will be SATISFIED."

A-pplication:

In my life, I've experienced several luxurious meals. The table has been spread with delicacies too numerous to tell. Before eating, I can recall being joyous with anticipation. I can remember having a conscious thought like, "I will never need to eat again. EVER!"  Sure enough, however, the next morning I have awakened with the thought ... "I wonder what's for breakfast?" My appetite for food has been an ongoing, never ending experience for six decades. However, when it comes to THAT hunger for spiritual truth, for purpose, for destiny, and a knowledge that "I'm in God's Will," Jesus likens Himself to BREAD. "This BREAD,” He said, “Will completely suppress THIS hunger forever." In fact, once you decide to "Follow Jesus," you will experience ... "A Satisfied Appetite."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I thank You this AM, that ALL of my desires mentioned above have been satisfied in my life because of YOU. My Bread of Life. Amen
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Curb Your Appetite

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S-cripture:

Hebrews 12:16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.

O-bservation:

When the writer of Hebrews speaks with a directive concerning sexual immorality to "We The Followers of Christ," he is speaking of appetites gone wrong. The simple fact that the story of Esau is referenced is the clue. Esau came in from a "Hunt" one day and was so famished he told his brother Jacob that he would trade his "Birthright” for a bowl of Jacobs’s soup. And he did.

A-pplication:

Sexual Immorality as well as any other kind of sin is usually connected to an APPETITE that is way out of balance. There are different kinds of gluttony. The gluttony for food, sex, money, and power is all about imbalanced living. In no way am I promoting an altering of this verse. But the truth is that when appetites within us go un-refrained, sin is present. Why trade your destiny for a bowl of soup, or a one-night stand, or one more sip, or one more trip? The Bible says, "wherever sin is abounding grace is more abounding" (Romans 5:20). In other words, there is enough GRACE to ... "Curb Your Appetite."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm thankful today for the gift you have given all of us ... If we will embrace it ... I am speaking of the gift of REFRAINING in order to "Curb Our Appetite." Amen
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