Its crazy to me how God can use the simplest objects in normal situations to teach me profound lessons. In this case He used a snickers bar.
I know we’ve all heard the old saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates” from Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump. Today I want to play off that idea a little bit and show you the difference between satisfaction and fulfillment.
I know we’ve all seen the snicker’s commercials. “Snickers Satisfies,” “You’re not you when you eat a snickers.” When I picked up one that day, I read on the back “Satisfies.” And then God began to teach me something through a snickers bar. I know, crazy right? God began to show me that sin is like a snickers bar, it satisfies for the moment and gives you a burst of energy in the moment. After though, you are left drained and lethargic. Am I saying that eating a snickers is sinful? No. I eat tons of snickers and they are one of my favorite candies. God wants to replace our “satisfaction” with “fulfillment though.
Eating snickers every now and again is alright, but what if you ate snickers all the time? What if snickers became your main course? You would get sick, very very sick. You would feel awful all the time. You’d always be trying to eat more snickers to feel better. That’s what sin and worldly pleasures are. They are a momentary burst of energy, a momentary pleasure. When its all said and done though we are left broken, hopeless, depressed and for what? We tried to fill our fulfillment in satisfaction. Did you catch that one? We can never be fulfilled in things that are passing away and momentary things.
Fulfillment though is more like having a full meal. We are not only left satisfied but fulfilled because there are meats and vegetables. God wants us to not only be satisfied but fulfilled and we can only do that through Him. He knows the worldly pleasures are just junk food and that we really need meat, His Word and vegetables, Daily Prayer, and things like carbohydrates and proteins, things like community and fellowship, and accountability and discipleship. All these things lead to joy, hope, peace, purpose. These lead to fulfillment.
So when you are faced today with going for an option of junk food (worldly pleasure) over a full course meal, remind yourself that sin is only satisfying for a little while. God’s meal that He wants to give us though, is teeming with fruitful and prosperous fulfillment that only He can bring us.
“Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.”
Jesus is ready to fulfill you in every way you could ever have imagined. Are you ready to stop trying to fulfill your life in ways that are only satisfactory? The God of the Universe is waiting for you today. He wants to sit down and have dinner with you!
Have a blessed day ya’ll,