Sir Mick – couldn’t get any satisfaction. Or at least his lyric couldn’t.
Our chosen dictionary gives us this definition –
satisfaction – fulfilment of one’s wishes, expectations, or needs, or the pleasure derived from this:
Does that definition satisfy?
Custard and ice-cream – I once asked for cold custard and warm ice-cream, in a restaurant.
But mis-communication or not – I’m always satisfied with this dessert combination.
In fact we often have the main course in restaurants and drive home for our own dessert – which of course should read – warm custard and cold ice cream.
What is it – that needs satisfied?
We can safely say there are different kinds of satisfaction – physical, mental, emotional, sexual, circumstantial, spiritual, communal, aesthetic, verbal, etc. etc.
As Sir Mick couldn’t get satisfaction, so Mr. Dylan sings differently –
One things for certain, when it comes my time
I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind
Saul of Tarsus – perceived as he was, as a renegade Jew – had a name change and tells us –
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
So is contentment another word for satisfaction?
This man Saul better known as Paul also adds –
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content…
Whatever state!? Surely not?
This guy, must have had something very special going for him. Something supernatural. Supernatural/spiritual help to be able to make such a statement.
So spiritual satisfaction then?
Did he have physical satisfaction?
He says –
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ…
He states clearly that he had suffered the loss of all things. Think of the two words – Satisfaction or suffering.
Loss did not mean dis-satisfaction – he had a satisfied mind because he had the excellence of the knowledge of Christ. That is – he knew Christ and therefore absorbed all the knowledge that Christ communicated to him. And it was enough. Enough in every sense of the word.
A footnote of clarity – don’t forget Jesus had gone up from the earth in front of many disciples – they saw him go. It was different for Paul. He met him in spirit on the Damascus Road. So Paul walked with Him in spirit and in truth. Paul did not see him walking in a man’s earthly body, as the disciples did.
He (Paul) had physical hardship many times, he was not married and lived a celibate life, his emotional needs were satisfied in Christ, circumstantially he was content, regardless of what befell him. He enjoyed the communal satisfaction provided by true genuine fellow disciples of Christ – but on occasions – stood alone. Satisfied in Christ, content, caught up with the Person of the Holy Spirit and the many revelations he was given.
Again he tells us –
It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord:
His certainty of spiritual revelation – was the result of God’s proven record in supplying them before.
Paul had one area that he had to handle – he was caught between two desires. The desire to serve God and His people and the desire to leave his body and go and find the eternal satisfaction of living with Christ in the heaven of heavens.
…For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better…
Am I, are you, satisfied? What are we looking for? In the list of our satisfactions are we missing what Paul continually had – even in the absence of a perennial comfort zone?
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.