A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet. ~Proverbs 27:7 NASB
For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. ~ Jeremiah 31:25 KJV
Sated-having one’s appetite completely satisfied
Satiate-to satisfy (an appetite or desire) fully. To satisfy to excess. Filled to satisfaction.
Satiety- the state of being satiated. Replenish- to supply fully. To fill or build up again.
Satisfy- to cause (someone) to be happy or pleased: to provide, do, or have what is required
Indolence-an inclination not to do work or engage in activities; Laziness
Recently the Lord has been giving me the word “Satiate” It was one of those crazy downloads He likes to do lately, so I write the word down, then I held onto it for weeks. Then He tries to get my attention with scripture verses I see, books I am reading, or hearing someone say “Satiate”, so I know it is time to UNWRAP the word and verses.
The verse in Proverbs, listed above, caught my eye because of the word sated, which I knew right away, was off my “God Word” Satiate. I was confused by why a sated man would loathe honey? So I decided to dig deeper. I found this description of the verse in the Pulpit Commentary. “Self-restraint increases enjoyment; over-indulgence produces satiety, fatigue, and indolence.” Well here I was thinking Satiate was a good thing, but in this commentary it describes over-indulgence produces satiety. So if Satiate is to satisfy, and to satisfy is to cause someone to be happy or pleased, then I knew satiate could be used in a good way or in a bad way. It was all about the balance. Sort of like what kind of gas are you filling up in your tank? They can both fill it, but which is best or most beneficial for you. When stress comes and you turn to the cake (cheap gas) instead of God, (good gas) which is going to give you lasting results? Which choice benefits us and our waistlines in the long haul? And then I noticed satiety was grouped with fatigue and indolence. I knew what fatigue was, but indolence. Well I had to look that up and found it is just a fancy word for lazy.
So to over indulge in something can satisfy in excess (satiety), keep us tired (fatigued) or just keep us lazy (indolence); so I knew God was speaking to me. The balance and boundaries are important as well as our choices. As it says “Self-Restraint” increases our enjoyment. In the moment it does not seem enjoyable because we aren’t comfortable denying ourselves anything and face it, we sometimes can be quite rebellious and disobedient when it comes to our choices and setting boundaries or exhibiting self-restraint. The next verse in Jeremiah spoke to me and I knew that God was weaving all this to remind me of my “Sated” journey and to share it with you.
As far back as I can remember, as a child, once we ate a meal we would need to have something sweet afterwards. We were all about the dessert! Then after the dessert, I would say “I need a meaty after my sweetie.” It was funny as a child, but when we get to be an adult and our metabolism slows and that vicious cycle of never being “Satiated” really is an addictive cycle of trying to fill ourselves up with something other than what God designed or had in mind, it loses its humor. For years I stuffed my stomach to feel satiated. I over-indulged and was on the wrong side of the satiate scale. I was putting the cheap dirty gas (alcohol, cigarettes, food, shopping, approval, work, achievements, people pleasing, etc.) In to my tank. It was not running very well. When I begin to let God fill and replenish me, things really changed. I was first awakened to this connection to emotional stuffing and my need for God to fill those voids (those bad gas items) about 7 years ago.
My dear friend Annie Haydock told me about the book “When Food is your Best Friend & Worst Enemy” by Jan Johnson. That book was life altering for me. We are also ministry partners since 2009 and have a local ministry called Conquering Overeating. We have seen many people come and go each week over the years, and many that continue to keep coming back to work the steps of recovery and find support and fellowship on this journey to fill ourselves with more of God instead of food. I have not reached perfection nor conquered this area. We are continuously conquering until we get to Heaven. Our verse is Romans 8:37. “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” Emphasis Through Him. I know now that it is only when we allow God to fill us; instead of food or whatever other bad gas items that we get on the right and good side of Satiate.
That “Meaty vs Sweetie” and addictive cycle is a Soul Destroying Routine. We keep looking for something to satisfy us when God is always there and calling to us to put down the Cheetos, the new purse, to stop eyeballing the dessert case, learn to say no, and to simply come to Him. To trust Him enough to allow Him alone to satiate us. His word promises us that. Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. ~ John 6:35 NLT I want to hunger for more of God, instead of food or people or things or approvals or whatever compulsion it is that keeps me hopping to and fro looking to be filled or “Satiated” by the bad gas. I want to trust God that the good gas is what I need. I don’t want to hunger after those things anymore. I only want to hunger after God and the things He has for me. Friends, a “Satiated Soul” is never hungry. The only thing that can replenish our weary and sorrowful soul is Jesus. When our souls are so full of God’s presence and His word, we will be so full that we can’t do anything but pour out that goodness and love on others. Let us choose the Good Gas to fill our tanks with! ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom