“Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”Proverbs 27:20
My next door neighbor growing up had a backyard that once was designed by professionals. He had landscape lights, a pond, and the whole nine yards. In comparison, our yard had one flood light, but nothing that illuminated the plants and shrubs. Although my neighbor once had a nice backyard, it was apparent that it had seen better days. The lights did not all work and some of the plants were dead or in need of some serious grooming. The pond was not in the best shape (I’m pretty sure no fish could have survived in it), but I was still enamored with it.
The summer had come and I was looking for things to fill my time. I decided to dig my own pond in the backyard and then ask my parents for some cool fish I could put in it. I found a good spot and started to dig away. My dig lasted for a whole 15 minutes and I filled the hole with some fresh water. By then it was time for lunch and as I enjoyed my sandwich, I imagined all the cool fish that soon would be swimming in my new pond.
I came back from lunch only to find no water and a muddy hole. Apparently, I lived in the desert and had no clue how to create a pond. I went to neighbor’s house and discovered he had a black lining that held the water in. I tried to duplicate this method, but the hot sun and the parched ground still found a way to consume the water. I never did ask my parents for the cool fish, and I never did get my pond.
In my life I have tried many things to satisfy myself only to find them empty and unsatisfying. I have tried to fill the hole only God could fill, only to find my pursuits worthless and unfulfilling. In this verse we see much of the same thing. There are always those who reject God, so hell and destruction are never full. We often are the same way -seeking to fulfill with our fleshly and worldly pursuits what only God can fulfill in us. We think worldly things will bring us satisfaction but it just leaves us empty and wanting more.
I have found that God is the only One who can truly satisfy. The world will never fill the hole only He can fill and any foolish pursuit will dry up like water on the thirsty Arizona soil. He is the only One who can bring true joy and contentment.
Who or what are you seeking today to fill the hole only He can fill? Are you seeking carnal things that quickly dry up or are you pursuing the One who can satisfy completely? John 14:14 states, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Will you drink of His water or will you continue with your vain pursuits? May we always remember that only He can satisfy, and may our pursuits be to seek Him.