Craving but never satisfied
Proverbs 30:15-16 (NIV)
“The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “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!’
When will you be satisfied?
When is enough enough?
This verse mentions that there are a few things that are assumed never will be satisfied and you are not one of them.
Think of a fire. The more wood you put in the more wood it will need to stay lit. You could stand there and feed it for the rest of your life and it would still need more.
What about the ground. We’ve seen places devastated by floods or you may have even been personally impacted by one. There is so much water you think it would take years to disappear.
But it doesn’t. It seems like it’s no time before the water is gone. And if it doesn’t rain long enough the ground will dry up and ask for more.
Personally, I feel this way many times—like nothing could ever satisfy me.
Like there’s a longing or craving that can never be satiated.
But I am meant to be fulfilled.
I am meant to feel complete. I have felt it before.
What makes all the difference is what is the source of that satisfaction.
There are things I can do and consume that will satisfy me, but only for a short period of time—eventually, I end up empty and back where I started, craving something.
I need something that is never ending–I need Jesus.
John 6:35 (NIV) Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
It’s easy for us to focus on the physical need we have but our ultimate need is for something more than that.
Do an experiment if you want to. Eat everything you crave and see if it leaves you satisfied for more than a few hours.
Eat until you can’t eat anymore and then a few hours later your stomach will still ask for more.
We need Jesus.
Our thirst and hunger are gifts from God that allow us to enjoy His good gifts of food and drink but they are also pointers that point us to the truth that nothing fully satisfies forever except for Jesus.
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
We all have a desire to be loved.
The world around us craves friendship. People want to feel a bond between them and someone else that fills that emptiness they feel when they are alone.
Just look to all the success of the online compatibility sites promising you the possibility of finding the person that will complete you.
But it’s a lie. No human can or will ever be able to do that.
We need Jesus.
Our desire for perfect intimacy with another person is a gift from God that allows us to enjoy, love, serve, live with, have children with, learn from, nurture, and sacrifice for another person but it is also meant to be like a directional arrow pointing us to the one who can satisfy our desire for true, perfect, selfless, and neverending intimacy.
So when is enough enough?
Give me more, give me more.
When is enough, enough?
When you have all of Jesus.