I can’t get no satisfaction. Ok, I know that’s bad grammar, double negatives and all, but, tell me you didn’t start singing that line if you’re of my generation. For those of you who don’t recognize the reference, that’s the first line of the chorus of the song “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones. I don’t know about you, but the idea of a big famous band where each member earns millions of dollars a year not being able to find satisfaction seems ludicrous to me. Perhaps they were trying to channel the inner frustration of their fans as they saw all those commercials on TV telling them they needed more stuff. Still, that declaration of not being able to be satisfied is both the antithesis of the American Dream and the fulfillment of it.
If any man should have been satisfied in ancient Persia, it was Haman. He was wealthy. He had the king’s ear. He had been granted the desire to commit genocide against the Jewish people all because he didn’t like one man who was Jewish. “’And that’s not all,’ Haman added. ‘I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow. But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.’” (Esther 5:12-13)
Mordecai was going to go down in Haman’s purge. He was the reason that Haman had asked for and gotten the edict to murder all the Jews in Persia. Yet, seeing Mordecai still alive and unhumbled infuriated Haman. Although he didn’t know the reason Esther had invited him to this banquet with the King, he thought he had the world by the horns, but Mordecai irritated him by his very presence. Nothing would be right until Mordecai was destroyed. It’s almost sad to see the path Haman was taking. We know the story: Esther, the Queen, was Jewish and Mordecai’s cousin; Mordecai had saved the King’s life. There is so much that Haman didn’t know about what he was getting into that his story was almost tragic, if he wasn’t so despicable a character. Since one more death would satisfy him, Haman began the process of preparing to kill and humiliate Mordecai. Little did he know his own fate.
What would it take for you to be satisfied? For me it would need to be all my work done – without me having to do it and my wife being completely healed of her cancer. Or so I think now. If all of that happened I think I would find one more desire, one more thing that I needed to be satisfied. In truth, no matter how strong my relationship with God is, satisfaction seems to be one more desire away. I think that I am in tune with most Americans on that issue – which is a sad thing. Paul talked about being content, or satisfied, in every situation. Maybe instead of wanting “more” we should focus on our relationship with God and recognize that He will take care of us. Is it possible to say that we need to practice the Spiritual Discipline of being satisfied and not wanting everything we see; not wanting just a little more than our neighbors? Can I truly say, as the old hymn does, I am satisfied with Jesus?
Lord God, it is so easy to be dissatisfied in our material world; to want just a little more. Remind me each day that I have Your forgiveness and grace in Jesus Christ. Remind me that You take care of my needs. Let me be satisfied and grateful for all I have and seek ways to share with others all that You have given me both materially and spiritually.