Dissatisfied Customers by Eddie Foster

Psalms 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

There are several in the Bible dissatisfied until they met Jesus.  The woman of Samaria’s story is told in John 4.  She drew water from Jacob’s well. Jesus went that way and met her there. She was an adulterer and was living with a man who wasn’t her husband. She’d gone through a lot, obviously longing for, looking for something. Jesus knew of her deep-down thirst. He offered her living water. Look where you’d be had Jesus not come your way one day.  She believed and ran into town telling people she had met Christ. Many came out and believed as well.  She had been dissatisfied but now was satisfied.

In Luke 12 we see a rich man. Full of abundance. Great wealth.  It didn’t do a thing for him. He had no worries for his next meal or how he’d pay his bills.  He was still unhappy. Money won’t buy satisfaction. He had an “I” problem.  “I” am going to do this and that.  All we have belongs to God; it’s a gift to us. Sin mocked this man. He was going to die.  Verse 20 says God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? Will riches do any good when it comes time to die? No.  You’ll never see a U-haul behind a hearse.  You cannot buy salvation. There is no eternal value in things. All–young or old, rich or poor–can come to know Jesus. It’s by grace through faith. Ephesians says For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. It’s a gift from God paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary. He was a dissatisfied customer.

Judas was a disciple of Jesus, another dissatisfied customer. He walked, ate, and fellowshipped with the Lord, yet he hanged himself.  If anybody ought to have been happy, it should have been Judas. He wasn’t really following the Lord. He betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. When he realized what he had done, he could have gone to the Lord and repented. He had everything but was unhappy. He could have been satisfied but chose not to be.  Our only happiness in life is found in Jesus Christ.

In Luke 15 we see the story of the prodigal son. He disregarded his father’s authority, asked for his inheritance and left home for a far country. He didn’t end up in that far country all at once. Little by little, town by town till he ended far away. Sin works little by little. When the son lost all he had, he got a job feeding pigs. He was a Jew; to feed pigs was hitting rock bottom.  He was so hungry he would have eaten the food the pigs were eating. Who would recommend this lifestyle? Who would choose to leave the father’s house for that? A backslider claims to know Jesus but has departed to live for the world. How can you be satisfied with that?  Once you’ve tasted honey, dill pickles don’t have the same taste.  Remember these things about this story.  (1) Sin will take you farther than you intended to go. (2) Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay. (3) Sin will make you pay a price you don’t want to pay. (4) There’s a way back to the Father’s house.  Thank God; the story doesn’t end at the pig pen!

David saw Bathsheba bathing. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dissatisfied.  He could have turned away and done nothing, but he didn’t.  He committed adultery and then murder to cover it up. He lost the joy of his salvation. Sin did this. A backslidden condition is a sad place to be. God puts away sin through repentance to bring satisfaction again.

Are you a dissatisfied customer? Not happy?  You don’t have to be dissatisfied. You can live a satisfied life through Jesus Christ.

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