Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Finding Pleasure and Satisfaction

In the book of Esther, King Xerxes bestowed a high honor on Haman - an honor higher than all the other nobles.  We do not know why the king chose to honor Haman, but honor him he did.  Everyone was to bow down to Haman to honor him and everyone did except for the Jew named Mordecai.  (Mordecai was Queen Esther's relative and adoptive father.)  Haman had everything going for him by the world's standards.  The king had honored him, all the people bowed to him and gave him honor, but one man would not bow the knee and this caused Haman to be in a quandry.

When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow to him or pay him honor, he became enraged (Esther 3:5).  We again see that Haman was filled with rage when he saw Mordecai would not show fear in his presence (Esther 5:9).

Haman had much wealth, many sons, and honor from the king, so much so, that he called all his friends together for the purpose of boasting about all he had.  Yet, Haman could find no pleasure and satisfaction in his family, friends, wealth, power, and status because Mordecai refused to honor him.  Haman thought it was Mordecai's fault that he was not happy and satisfied.  Whom are you blaming for your unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and discontent?

Where are you seeking pleasure and satisfaction?  True pleasure and satisfaction will never be found in things or people because there will always be a "Mordecai" who will not bow the knee to you and there will always be someone who has more than you do.  True pleasure and satisfaction will be found in Jesus Christ alone because Jesus alone satisfies.

"Praise the LORD, O my soul . . . . . . . . . . who satisfies your desires with good things . . . . . . . (Psalm 103:1a, 5a)

David said in Psalm 16:11, "You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand."

Serving Him,
Kay Martin

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the truth. Being truly happy only comes when you are in Christ and seek to be satisfied in Him alone.