Constant Cravings

Because he knew no contentment in his belly, he will not let anything in which he delights escape him. There was nothing left after he had eaten; therefore his prosperity will not endure. In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress; the hand of everyone in misery will come against him.
Job 20:20–22
Constant Cravings
Like an addict who needs more and more of his drug, the wicked desire more and more of the that which would separate him from God. According to Job’s friend Zophar, there is no satisfaction for the wicked and they forever seek after that which they desire.  Although we may be tempted to agree with Zophar, we should consider the fact that many people are quite content in their sins. Imagining that they have all which they need the unrepentant are fed the lie that material wealth and possession, or physical health are the only markers of success and happiness.  These two things are often obtained by the wicked.  Job understands this which is why it is so frustrating for him to hear his friends continue to talk to him this way.  We too know this; therefore, we do not fall into the trap of judging outward circumstances as proof of God’s favor or disfavor.  Instead, we look to God Himself and in His Word to find the truth.  As Christians we have a constant craving for God’s truth revealed to us in the Scriptures. A truth which tells us not that we will have an easy go of it because of our faith, but that “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John15:19). Yet even with the world, the devil, and our own sinful flesh aligned against us we still trust in God. For “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:1-2).
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