These are two words we like to hear when making an important decision or purchase. To the seller, they are so confident in their product or service they may have included additional claims or promises such as "or your money back", or "lifetime warranty". They are wanting to guarantee your satisfaction so much that they are willing to take that risk and make those claims even if it means taking a loss, or going beyond their claims to "making it right".
As a purchaser, we may look for someone who has first-hand experience using the product or service as we mentioned in last week's meditation "there's an app for that". For those who use computers and cell phones, we'll get on various websites to compare products and services and check out the reviews others have written.
Just this past month I had been searching for an alternative to the weedeater and blower that I was using. Like everyone else, I am getting older and not getting any stronger. The weedeater seemed heavier every time I used it and because of the strain on my back and neck, I would have to rest every ten minutes or so. Plus I wasn't good for doing much else the rest of the day. I was at the point of cutting grass on one day and weedeating it the next. I just couldn't tackle it all in one day.
I happened to mention my difficulty and search for an alternative in the office one day and our administrative assistance popped out of her office and told me what she had found and was using in her yard. So what did I do...I got excited, checked it out on the internet and found one at a local store. She was one hundred per cent right in her evaluation of the weedeater - lightweight, easy to maneuver, easy to lengthen the cord, and battery powered. I bought it, tried it, and not only did I not stop to rest while using it, I weedeated more of the yard than I had probably been able to do in a year. I had purchased the larger capacity battery and it still had half a charge left. And, best part was that I was not exhausted or sore after I finished.
Seems odd doesn't, that just having the right tool lessened the burden of the task. For me, this product guaranteed my satisfaction.
So, now you may know where we're headed - what guarantees my satisfaction in my spiritual life? Hmm...we're not promised satisfaction is the same sense that the world does. Most of us are probably very dissatisfied with the way things are in the world right now. We look to find satisfaction in our possessions - oh, if I just had this...; in our jobs - if I could just find the right one...; in school - if I could just make the grades...; in others - if they would just do this..., and so forth. The irony is that when we find ourselves what we think is to be satisfied, we also risk the danger of becoming complacent. We think being satisfied will make us happy, and it might, for a short time
True satisfaction comes when we look beyond our possessions, our jobs, our education, even others. Perhaps another word for satisfaction is contentment. The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:11, "...for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content...
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, "Come to me, all ye who are weary, and heavy burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
He also talked with His disciples about His relationship with them, a relationship of love and follows that conversation in John 15:11 with these words, "I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."
Satisfaction, contentment, rest, joy...while we are not promised an easy life, we are guaranteed the promises of our God. And as I write this, it's hard not to think of those who are not experiencing or feeling these promises because of their circumstances - loss of loved ones, loss of homes and businesses, loss of hope due to fires, violence, the virus, etc. It is hard to claim these promises in the midst of uncertainty and devastation. I pray for them and us to somehow find a way to choose to claim God's promises in the midst of all that they, we, and our world is facing.
So what about you and me? Are we looking to the One who is not only the only one who can provide us with those promises but who also is the Promise of life and hope? May we find ourselves abiding in His promises each and every day. May we live our lives in the way that points others to the One who is True Satisfaction. In Jesus' name. Amen.