Being satisfied in God

Updated: Oct 8

As believers, we often say, ‘God is all I need’, but that statement is not always translated in our everyday lives. Many of us seek satisfaction, if not perfection, in our lives. We want to believe that God is enough, but yet we still chase fulfillment elsewhere. Barbara De Oliveira shares how we can be satisfied in God.

The chapter of Proverbs 26 in the NIV translation mentions the word fool(s) 11 times and folly 3 times and goes through various examples of how a foolish (and lazy) person responds poorly to work, communication and general life activities. There is also a subtle message that shows the prideful nature of a foolish person:


Proverbs 26:5 - Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.


Proverbs 26:16 - A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.


When we are confident of Who God is and satisfied with being with God, satisfied to be in His presence; then there is no room for pride, there is no room for “I” to be elevated.

There are many scriptures in the Word and stories that demonstrate how much God hates pride more than anything else and He absolutely loves wisdom. Read the story of Saul in 1 Samuel 15 or the real reason for Sodom’s collapse in Ezekiel 16:49 or even Satan’s downfall in Isaiah 14:12-15. All are linked to pride. Pride emphasises the “I” and elevates the person/ourselves above God. Yet, God longs for us to humbly come to Him (1 Peter 5:6) and invite Him into all aspects of our lives.


If we don’t stick close to the Word and lean in daily to the Holy Spirit, actively inviting Him into our various situations; then we are bound to go in a direction that is not God’s best for us.

When we are confident of Who God is and satisfied with being with God, satisfied to be in His presence; then there is no room for pride, there is no room for “I” to be elevated. The more we pursue God, His ways of doing things and put Him first in every decision, then there is less room for foolish behaviour or assumptions that we know best and can do better without Him.


Overall the book of Proverbs constantly mentions wisdom and the need to make choices from a position of godly wisdom. And if there is one thing we desperately need to successfully navigate life, is wisdom. Making good decisions and being a person of discernment is no easy enterprise in 2021! If we don’t stick close to the Word and lean in daily to the Holy Spirit, actively inviting Him into our various situations; then we are bound to go in a direction that is not God’s best for us.


Today's prayer

Today pray 1 Peter 5:6-7 over yourself: Father, I humble myself and my circumstances before You today. You are mightier and greater than me and my circumstances. Thank you that I can trust You to completely take care of every area of my life. I trust You to know what’s best for me. I surrender all my anxiety and worries to You. [Coffee with Barbs]