Some People Can Neither Be Pleased Nor Be Satisfied
Matthew 11:18 (Luke 7:33-34) “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’
(11:19) The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.” ‘But wisdom is proved right by her actions.””
Jesus was lamenting about the generation he preached to. He says no method or approach could satisfy or please them. A generation that has a problem with everyone and everything.
John was an introvert leading a secluded life, eating selectively and dressing uniquely. The conclusion by the opinion leaders was that John had a demon. They disapproved a man who Jesus declared that none was greater than he. They disapproved a man who had courage to face Herod in his sinful living and which led to his death by beheading. Yet some, all knowing opinion leaders, pronounced that he had a demon. Surely, some people can neither be pleased nor satisfied.
Jesus came with an opposite methodology to that of his cousin John the Baptist. Jesus was outgoing. Enjoying feasts in various homes. The opinion leaders who disliked John’s methodology should now have been pleased, since Jesus was completely different and opposite to John. But the same opinion leaders rejected Jesus, God the Son! They said He is a glutton, drunkard and keeping wrong company. For the religiously ever correct opinion leaders, Jesus was wrong. For the insatiable, God was wrong! Surely, some people can neither be pleased nor be satisfied.
People who can neither be pleased nor satisfied frustrate everyone around them. Many of them cannot do what they criticize others of not doing. Their inability to be satisfied by either options reeks of personal deep seated incompetence. When you deal with such people, be kind to them and ignore them as Jesus did. To try to please them is an act in futility because they can neither be pleased nor satisfied. Don’t allow them the pleasure of winning your attention. Their criticism is no longer constructive for anything, but self pleasuring in intimidating and hurting others, in the name of pronouncing righteousness. When you meet them, don’t get hurt and suffer, and don’t make any attempt to please them. Some people can neither be pleased nor be satisfied.
Are you the professional fault finder? Are you the type who are so critical that nobody meets your standards and if they were applied to Jesus, He would fail? Do you see a problem everywhere and you quickly dismiss the good and right? Do you spend more time in groups and chats and talks, discussing people failures, leadership problems, and speculating how right could have been done? Is it possible nobody remembers when you approved anything by others except your own? If that is your situation, you have a problem which needs spiritual intervention. God and all He does for you, will never please or satisfy you, and you will not be saved!
You may never be satisfied with the church and you will leave or be forever sad in it. Marriage may be a misery and working and living with people becomes a torture to you and/or them. You will be a non-useful pain in the flesh of people, organizations and the church and even governments. You may mistakenly think you are an activist, freedom fighter, or voice of the weak, wise, logical, rational, fearless, or preacher of righteousness, but you are not, those ones have a goal and do get satisfied. Yours is a social and and spiritual problem and probably an illness. Pray that God relieves you of this pain of being unpleaseable and dissatisfied.
These people at the time of Jesus were religious and opinion leaders and their followers. Today it could be a spouse, a child, a neighbor, a colleague at work, a customer, a business partner, a boss at work, etc. Be comforted that Jesus already noted that, some people can neither be pleased nor satisfied.
Jesus concluded by stating that wisdom is proved right by actions. You can’t out do in speaking, those who can neither be pleased nor satisfied. Like Jesus, understand them, ignore them and mind your business. Some people can neither be pleased nor satisfied.
May God save us from being people who can neither be pleased nor be satisfied. May God save us from people who can neither be pleased nor satisfied, and from the pain and stress they cause us and others. May we remain happy, focused and blessed in spite of such persons in our midst, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)