Never satisfied…

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In the wisdom of Proverbs, there are two things that are never satisfied, two things that have an insatiable desire.

Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man. (Proverbs 27:20)

I know Scripture is true, I believe in it’s infallibility 100% without need for proof.  And yet it is nice when you have something happen which confirms what Scripture says to be true.

I had this happen to me just the other night watching Apple’s WWDC’15 with my son Luke.  Luke and I were is amazement, drooling at all the ‘magical’ ‘revolutionary’ new software and hardware lined up by this company…  

Things we will be convinced we ‘need’ because what we have is simply not good enough any more.  Luke and I felt the force strongly that night!  

‘…never satisfied are the eyes of man’ came to mind and Luke and I got to talk about it.

Then just yesterday a similar thing happened.  On a messaging group of church leaders I am part of, this message appeared, followed just minutes later with the ‘apparently a scam’ message…

What happened next was funny and proved Proverbs 27:20 to be true once again and caused much laughter and some self reflection for a bunch of guys that might have erroneously thought they were above such things

       Four of the guys admitted to having followed the link and started entering to win their new device, the others were silent but I’d place a wager on a good few of them having also followed suit in the folly.

Why do silly things like this scam have any power of grabbing our attention?  – ‘…never satisfied are the eyes of man’

If you consider the Ten Commandments all of them are possible until you get to commandment no.10 the very commandment Luke and I were wrestling with and that which would have tripped up these ‘men of God’ yesterday.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:17)

When you put Exodus 20:17 together with Proverbs 27:20 you can be sure that you and I are doomed to fail!  We can’t keep the Law. No one lives a sinless life devoid of any covetous desire – it’s just not possible for us.

But that’s why Jesus came!  To live the sinless life you and I could not live, so that He could die in our place as the substitute sacrifice for our sin and rise again for our new and eternal life forever with Him.

The good news is that the problem as CS Lewis famously said; is not that our desires are too strong, it’s not that we should just try not covet, want or desire things – no the problem is that we are too easily satisfied with trivial things when we were made to be satisfied fully in God, in our relationship with Him and in worshipping His glory alone!

Nothing can, nothing will ever satisfy us except God Himself.

One thought on “Never satisfied…

    Gerry & Donna said:
    June 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    How extraordinary the deception of Satan has become – the desires of the heart are subverted in so many fashions in our “modern” world.

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