Proverbs 30: 15-16

The leech has two daughters;
“Give and Give”, they cry.
Three things are never satisfied;
four never say, “Enough”:
Sheol, the barren womb,
the land never satisfied with water,
and the fire that never says, “Enough”.

We are given here vivid pictures from nature and life that illustrate a perpetual hungering for more; not so much from greed, but from an inability to receive or maintain nourishment and contentment. In many lives, there appears to be no satisfaction or even short term benefit, but instead there is an emptiness and hungering for more. As soon as something is consumed, people are driven to move on to the next thing or challenge.

Without a firm foundation in the gospel, such a condition is sad and potentially destructive. There is a desire for fulfillment that is never attained. People go from one interest to another in seeking to find some meaning or accomplishment in their lives. They are like the teacher in Ecclesiastes who explored the best of what the world had to offer. There was some short term satisfaction, but then the craving would return and he would resume his exploration.

We need to consider people like that in our lives and pray that they will turn to Christ who alone can fulfill and satisfy all our needs, not just physical, but spiritual needs too. We should also pray that those who now cry, “Give, Give” will be eventually transformed into people who instead cry out, “How can I provide?” People are naturally restless. There is an innate desire to fill empty voids. Pray that God would move in hearts to lead people to know that they can find true rest in him and fill the voids of their hearts with the gospel.

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