In this sermon, part of a series on the beatitudes, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the secret to satisfaction– satisfying spiritual hunger. Here are some excerpts:

Hunger in America

“In America most of us don’t know much about hunger and thirst. I mean, our idea of hunger is a “Big Mac” attack! The popular idea of thirst is “Miller Time.” Mother Teresa says that in India people are starving physically, but in America they’re starving emotionally.

You see, we all have a spiritual hunger inside us, although we don’t call it that. We use phrases like, “My life is empty”; “I’m bored; I’m restless; something seems to be missing in my life… There must be more to life than this.”

The Secret of Satisfaction

The “Rolling Stones” gave us a theme song for the baby boom generation, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.” Why is it that so many people are dissatisfied? The Bible says it’s because they’re looking in the wrong place.

  1. You don’t find lasting satisfaction in PLEASURE
  2. You don’t find lasting satisfaction in PERFORMANCE
  3. You don’t find lasting satisfaction in POSSESSIONS

“…What then is the secret of satisfaction? Read with me Ps. 37:4, “Seek your happiness in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire.” Notice, he says here, “Don’t seek happiness: Seek God.” Happiness is a by-product of seeking God. If you make happiness your goal in life, you’re going to miss it, because you don’t find it in just looking for it. You find it in seeking God, and strangely enough, that is the last place people usually look!

How do you experience real satisfaction? Three things…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


November 21, 1993

Matthew 5:6 (Phillips)

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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