Words of Wisdom: I Can’t Get No Satisfaction! Proverbs 30:15-20
The leech has two daughters: Give, Give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough!”: Â Sheol; a barren womb; earth, which is never satisfied with water; and fire, which never says, “Enough!” As for the eye that ridicules a father and despises obedience to a mother, may ravens of the valley pluck it out and young vultures eat it. Three things are beyond me; four I can’t understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship at sea, and the way of a man with a young woman. This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I’ve done nothing wrong.” Prov 30:15-20 (HCSB)
“Sheol” in the Bible is the grave to the Hebrew mind. It is the dark place in the ground that swallows the dead. According to the passage not only cannot “Sheol” be satisfied, but likewise neither can the leech’s thirst for blood, the barren womb’s desire for conception, the earth for its thirst for water, and fire for its fuel. The only greater lack of satisfaction lies within the potential for men and their lust for sin!
Man’s appetite for the lust of power, pleasure, position and prestige blinds him of understanding the natural ways of the world. Man’s eyes blinded by his lusts cannot tolerate the instruction of his father or the pleas of his mother. He believes he is above reproach of others, including his own parents. When man is so blinded, what hope does man have to learning and living according to God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom as found in God’s Word.
At the heart of the song, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” is the theme song for many in the world today. Our lust has placed us on a slippery slope that is behind the troubles in this world: the causes of the wars in foreign lands, our addictions to drugs and pornography, and the false hope to find satisfaction in the acquisition of things. Our only hope to cure our blindness is to focus our vision upon what really matters in life – our relationship with God, likewise expressed in the fellowships of mankind. When our relationships are in order as God intended, then and only then will we understand what satisfies the hearts and souls of men.
Besides this, knowing the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us Â walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.Romans 13:11-14 (HCSB)