I know of people who never seem satisfied.
Reference: “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’” Proverbs 30:15b-16 NIV
Explore: I aim to read the Bible every day and in doing so over the years have covered most of its content. But there are some verses that catch me unawares.
Sometimes it can be the timing that highlights a verse to me. A passage read at the right time can speak directly into a situation.
Sometimes it can be a new perspective. Suddenly I read a story and see a different angle and a whole new understanding comes to light.
And then sometimes it can be the pure poetry of a verse that strikes me. The phrasing is perfect and the imagery so beautiful it has me catching my breath.
Application: In Proverbs 30 the writer lists a number of truths he has found in the world. One of these lists involves four things that are insatiable: the grave, the barren womb, the land and fire.
I love a good list and this verse made me stop and consider each element.
The grave has never had its fill as our loved ones gradually all go to fill it; a barren womb never feels complete as it is aware of its emptiness; the land is in constant need of nutrients and water and a raging fire will take as much as you feed it.
Let us not add ourselves to the list. I know of people who never seem satisfied. Their bodies are never perfect, their bank balance is never enough and their popularity can never hit completion. They look for external products to fulfil them.
It sounds cliched but nothing can fill the hole in our lives except God. He loves us and knows us so completely that nothing else can compete!
But we often fall back into the trap of finding other things to satisfy us. Go back to God. Once you are filled with Him you will know He is enough.
Prayer: Lord, You complete me! May I not look to other things for lasting satisfaction. Amen.
What have you tried to fill your life with in the past?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.