Proverbs 27: King James Bible
Eyes Never Satisfied – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 20
20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Eyes Never Satisfied
Hell and destruction are never full… I’ll take the Lord’s word on that one. This is an interesting way to kick off a verse, isn’t it?
This is something that the Lord uses as his example to help us understand where he’s coming from with the meat of the verse, being that the eyes of man are never satisfied. But at the same time, it also gives us a bit of insight into one characteristic of a place we’ll never want to visit.
Evidently, Hell will never be closed down due to lack of vacancies. In fact, we can find how this is told to us in other places of the Bible. If we look, we learn that hell is enlarging itself, and that without measure. (Isaiah 5:14)
Without measure, or in other words, if anyone were to try and do so it would always be moving, and the one measuring would always be chasing. Think on that for a moment. Personally, I believe that this is a travesty above all others. It is ever growing to accommodate the ever increasing population.
All the more troubling to imagine this still being the case, after the death burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Despite the Lord’s best efforts, the unfortunate truth is he can’t prevent people from sending themselves to Hell on a regular basis. After the lengths he’s gone through to help us avoid that place, he still has to watch the creation he loves, reject all of his efforts.
And this is his example when teaching us about the eyes of man never being satisfied. The more we dwell on this, we may find that a great deal of sin that we’ve taken part in, probably kicked off from things that we’ve seen.
Right off the bat, we can identify the eye being the point of entry for every “shall not” of the ten commandments. In through the eye filtered through the mind then on to the heart.
Jesus speaks to this transaction when he tells us that “if our eye causes us to sin, pluck it out.” He’s talking about getting rid of the point of origin, or the point of entry. Now, I don’t believe that he said that expecting everyone to start gouging their eyes out, but was using an extreme example of denying our senses, so that we do not continue to sin.
That was before his resurrection, and before the unleashing the Holy Ghost to dwell inside us to give us a hand avoiding these things, and giving us strength from the inside out to change our hearts toward the Father. But that’s only if we’re born again, and also only if we allow him.
We can opt to fill our eyes with all manner of sin, causing our hearts to indulge in whatever the lust we’re attempting to satisfy. We can certainly ignore the unction of the Spirit, the Word of the Lord, and continue on doing what is detestable in the eyes of the Father.
When my kids were young, I’d attempt to help them out with their homework once in awhile. Some knew what it meant to receive help, others didn’t have a clue what help was. They mistook help for me doing the homework for them.
I can recall a few times where I’d refuse to continue if they weren’t going to make the effort, and after a while of bickering, the end result would be that the homework wouldn’t get done.
Sometimes I think that we expect the Holy Ghost to just take care of everything for us, without us having to do anything. I do know of a few instances where the Lord completely wiped out addictions from one’s life. But that’s not the norm.
What is more typical is the Lord helping a person deal with their efforts, giving them strength where they would otherwise have no strength. Helping people along instead of doing all the work for them.
The Holy Ghost will not take over our eyes so that we don’t look at things that may lead us to sin. We need to be obedient and keep things that are temptations out of our line of sight, until they are no longer a temptation to sin.
I understand that the verse above is talking about how the constant appetites of our eyes are similar to the constant appetites of Hell, rather than how our eyes can get us there if we’re not saved, and make us feel like we’re already there if we are saved. But I believe that there are a host of other things that the Lord could have chosen to compare the appetites of our eyes to, if he wanted to.
There are many things that the Lord teaches us through his Word that are for our own good, and will make our lives better. I believe that any verse that talks about our senses does just that if we allow the Holy Ghost to do his work, and make an effort on our part.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Matthew 7: King James Bible
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Thank you for your Word, your sacrifice in Christ Jesus, and for every reason you had behind sending him to the cross. Help us to understand how everything you teach works for our good, and not our harm. Bring us all into a place with you, that we recognize different things that attack our senses, attempting to lead us into sinning against you. Strengthen us all Father, spiritually, mentally, and physically, to do our part in overcoming every temptation that is throw into our line of sight. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are your eyes never satisfied with what the Lord has already given you?
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