Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry... (Luke 6:25 NASB)
This passage in Luke 6 is very similar to the Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew. It opens with four "blessed's" followed by four woes, all of which offer a comparison/contrast between a life of faith and a life filled by worldly pleasure. Here we look at the second of the woes.
"Woe to you who are well-fed now," it says. This does not mean that those who eat a well-balanced diet with high quality protein and organic vegetables should beware. Instead, those who are so satisfied by the pleasure the world has to offer and by themselves that they no longer look to God should beware. The stuff of this world may offer temporary pleasure, but it is not long-lasting. It takes more than personal success and material gain to make a life that brings lasting satisfaction. That kind of satisfaction requires a life filled with the riches of heaven that only God can provide.
The Message paraphrase says it well. "And it’s trouble ahead if you’re satisfied with yourself. Your self will not satisfy you for long." (Luke 6:25 MSG)
That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it? "Your self will not satisfy you for long."
Today, pray that we and our loved ones will be so dissatisfied with dependence on self that we will turn to the only One who can bring lasting satisfaction. Pray that we will have a ravenous hunger for Christ that will find satiety only in Him.
Here's the link to last night's blog post: