Thursday, May 2, 2013

I can't get "no" satisfaction, Conclusion

“There are three things that are never satisfied,
four that never say, ‘Enough!’:

the grave, the barren womb,
land, which is never satisfied with water,
and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’

It's hard to stop a wildfire.  We've all seen reports on television showing firefighters struggling to contain fires that threaten woodlands and homes. The flames are forcing them back to safety while the helicopters drop many thousands of gallons of water in attempts to quench the fires. Each year millions of acres are devastated by fires.
This verse is talking not just about those types of fires, but also about the fires of hell. That is not a topic that many people are comfortable talking about, but it is a fact that hell exists. Some people will insist that hell is not real, but personally, I will take Christ's word for it:
 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." Matthew 25:41
And in the ninth chapter of Mark, Jesus says that "the fire is not quenched." It never burns out, and is never satisfied. Hell will never end.
No one has to go to hell, though many will:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."  Matthew 7:13
But God has provided a way of escape:
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."  John 3:!6
And we can be confident that He will hear our prayer, asking for deliverance:
And this is the confidence that we have with regard to him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we had asked from him. I John 5:14-15
Yes, Jesus does save us and He satisfies us!
for he satisfies the longing soul
    and fills the hungry with good things.
Psalm 107:9
The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail. 
Isaiah 58:11
I CAN get satisfaction! Amen!


Belinda said...

I want to be satisfied with God. I sometimes find myself (with my weak human nature) wanting more than I have. He supplies all that I NEED!! I pray that I can remember this!!!

CATachresis said...

Yes I take God's word for it too. You have put it very simply. The choice is clear. I love the verses in 1 John 5. He has provided a way of escape as it is His will that none should perish! I think we sometimes forget that eternity in hell is our default position. We have to choose to change that so that we are able to spend eternity with Him. We have to trust the Lord for those who are too young or are too ill to make the choice for themselves.