Day 26: Satisfied

I am fully devoted to the Poutine Burrito at Block 16.

If you haven’t had it, imagine euphoria rolled up in a tortilla. Block 16 stuffs shaved steak, cheese curds, tater tots, and gravy into a grilled tortilla bundle. It tastes incredible and, at about the same size as a football, is sure to crush any appetite. The feeling after I finish one of these is always the same: I’m completely full, desiring nothing more. I’ve reached a state of pure happiness, and all I want to do is lean back in my chair, close my eyes, and enjoy the moment.

I’m sure you know the feeling. There’s a certain sense of contentment that washes over you when you polish off a feast and just get to kick back and enjoy your fullness (I don’t know if that’s a real word, but you get my point).

This is why I love the verbiage used in Matthew, Luke, and Mark’s description of the crowd when Jesus fed the 5,000. In the NIV version, the authors describe the people as “satisfied.” In that moment, they wanted nothing more. Physically, they’d reached their happy place.

More importantly, they were spiritually filled as well. Luke tells us that, prior to the great feast, Jesus welcomed, taught, and healed the people. After witnessing His works, including the multiplication of the bread and fish, the people said, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world (John 6:14). They originally came to Jesus for healing or to lay eyes on this superstar everyone was talking about. They left believing they’d seen the Prophet referenced in Deuteronomy 18:15:

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear.”

That’s a pretty big jump in belief. Jesus’ presence and compassion left such an impact on the people, they felt satisfied enough to conclude He was the long-awaited savior.

This is what happens when we spend time and “sit down on the grass” (remember yesterday’s devotional?) with Jesus. When we’re intentional about praying and getting into the Word, we’re filled in a way even my beloved poutine burrito can’t accomplish.  Just as Jesus was generous and supplied the crowd with as much bread and fish as they wanted, He’ll satisfy you with His presence and give you the confidence to kick back in your chair and revel in His love.