Fearing the LORD leads to life, and one who does so will live satisfied; he will not be afflicted by calamity. (Proverbs 19:23, NET)
In 1965 the English rock band, The Rolling Stones, released the song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. While the song itself is dealing with relationship issues and commercialism, the concept of an unsatisfied life has resonated with millions over the years. Historically, people have looked for satisfaction in a number of sources: fame, fortune, relationships, success, materialism, religion and just about anything else you could possibly imagine. However, chasing satisfaction in these things has been less then satisfying.
Solomon, known as the wisest man of his time, has a lot to say on the subject. In addition to being wise, Solomon was also extremely powerful and wealthy. Yet, none of that was satisfying to him. In Ecclesiastes 1:14 he wrote, “I reflected on everything that is accomplished by man on earth, and I concluded: Everything he has accomplished is futile – like chasing the wind!”
Many today live an unfulfilled life because they are too often looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places. They quickly discover, like Solomon, that all these pursuits are futile like chasing the wind. So they move from one thing to another in hopes that a newer car, bigger house, promotion, new family, or even religious devotion will fill the gaping hole in their lives. It never does.
Solomon, in the book of Proverbs, gives us the key to finding that elusive and mythical satisfaction. In Proverbs 19:23 he says the key to living a satisfied life is to fear the Lord. To fear the Lord is different than to be afraid of God. For those of us that have trusted Jesus as our Savior, it is the type of fear (awe and reverence) that a child has for their father. As one author wrote, “As children, the fear of discipline from our parents no doubt prevented some evil actions. The same should be true in our relationship with God. We should fear His discipline, and therefore seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him.”
Living a godly life, in awe and reverence of our powerful and mighty father, is the road that leads to satisfaction. While Solomon doesn’t promise an easy life, he says that we will not be afflicted when difficulty comes. Trust God, seek to live a life that pleases him, and then you will know the ultimate satisfaction of life.