December 20 - Drinking Sand

By Mike Clarensau

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 30:15-16

Central Thought: Unbridled desire has few enduring rewards.

    It's hard to satisfy the appetite of a puppy. Those cute little critters will dive into a bowl twice their size and eat until their little noses reach the bottom. Never mind that such indulgence has a price to later pay. The puppy doesn't have a 'stop” button or at least doesn't know how to use it.

    Sadly, many people don't have a 'stop” button either. They may be able to push away from the neighborhood smorgasbord, but other desires drive their out-of-control puppy behavior. Lusts take control without regard to a later price. A hunger for satisfaction leaves one with a sick, surprisingly empty feeling—even after hours of gorging.

    Modern times reveal the unfortunate reality that many are trying to fill their emptiness with things that never satisfy. The writer of these proverbs isn't off the mark, even after centuries might have dulled his aim. When one lets the fire within him drive his thoughts and priorities, he will find no more satisfaction than the ancient characters just outside the writer's window.

    Before you launch into the bowl before you, be sure you know your limitations and the depths of the bowl. More won't bring greater satisfaction if the contents lack the real substance of life.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, keep me from those things that will never satisfy. Help me not to exchange the eternal opportunities for the shiny beads of modern life.

Today's Bible Reading: Haggai 1:1-2:23; Revelation 11:1-19; Psalm 139:1-24; Proverbs 30:15-16