“I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:14
I haven’t always believed this verse to be true, but I do now. It just didn’t look true to me. I spent so many years in emotional pain. I just couldn’t see it. I’d cry out to God from those places of anguish, yet it felt like my prayers just fell to the floor, unanswered. So what happened to me between that time and this? I want to share that with you. But first, let’s break this Bible verse down and see what it’s saying:
Who are the priests? They’re us…God’s children. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are, “…a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…” We’re the priests. Not in the sense of being mediators between God and men. Jesus is the High Priest who does that now. But we are God’s representatives in this world. Jeremiah 31:14 is a promise that God will satiate the souls of His people.
What is the soul? It’s a living being. It includes our emotions. Our appetites. Our passions and desires. This is good news! God wants to satiate our emotions!
What does it mean to satiate? It means to drink our fill. It’s the picture of drinking until drunk. To bathe in that which satisfies our emotions. This is the heart of God; to satisfy our desires to the point of overflowing. More than enough. So…what’s the deal? Why do so many Christians struggle emotionally?
Here are some things I personally had to learn about that…
God’s castle…God’s rules. If I wanted to live in God’s presence and enjoy His blessings, I had to submit to His way. His Lordship. When I tried to make myself the center, He loved me too much to let me get by with it. In my emotional anguish, I tried to be the center. I tried to get God to be my servant. Come to me. Pet me. Soothe my pain. Make it about me. My pain was legitimate, and God cared about it. But He loved me too much to let me get by with self-idolatry. He doesn’t get off His throne for anyone, including His beloved children. I needed to learn to come to Him with my eyes on Him, not me. Enter His presence with praise. Keep Him center of everything.
Another thing I needed to learn is that God loves me too much to allow me to stay in spiritual diapers. I had a part to play in growing up emotionally. I needed to learn spiritual warfare. God wanted me to put into practice using the spiritual weapons that God had given me. I needed to learn to fight back when emotional storms came. I had to learn to use the sword of the Spirit (the word of God) when Satan’s fiery arrows (lies) attacked my mind. I needed to renew my mind with God’s promises even when they didn’t look true to me. I had to fight for the truth. I needed to become an expert swordsman through practice. It wasn’t enough to understand the concept of the armor of God and the spiritual weapons that I possessed. If these concepts were going to be effective, I had to use them in practical ways. At specific times; namely, when my mind was assaulted with lies. Lies about God. And lies about myself. For more on this, go to
Another thing I needed to learn is that God will do His part when I do mine. When I come to Him in humility and honor, He will hear and answer me. The second part of Jeremiah 31:14 says, “And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness.” When we partner with God, we see how good He really is. If we can just hold onto the truth that God is good, it will get us through the darkest of storms. He is for us. He loves us dearly. Passionately. He has compassion for our emotional pain. He delights in seeing His children’s emotions DRENCHED in satisfaction.
So if you are in a place of emotional pain today, don’t give up on God. Trust His heart. It’s good. His faithfulness “reaches to the skies.” He will NEVER leave you or forsake you. You are safe in pouring your heart out to Him. He is worthy of your trust, even if it doesn’t LOOK or FEEL like it right now. As we make the decision to trust in God’s promises instead of our perceptions, we grow up in Christ. The testing of our faith isn’t fun. It isn’t easy. But it is necessary.
May your soul be satisfied in Him today,