Insatiable Appetites

Removing a shed along with various branch trimmings via fire for a widow.

There is something about fire which catches the eye; something God has put within us which causes us to be drawn toward fire. It can be a beautiful thing, and a fearful thing, and in fact, fire is associated with many things in the Bible: some good and some bad. Regarding one of warning, The Bible says,

"There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough…the fire that saith not, It is enough." [Prov 30:15b; 16b]

One of the four things Proverbs says is never satisfied is fire. This is something we all know. As long as there is heat, oxygen, and fuel, the fire will continue. The fire will never refuse more fuel but will gladly consume it. In a similar manner, the eyes are never satisfied nor yet the flesh. Our eyes and bodies will always ravenously consume more; more riches, more success, more pleasure, more whatever it may be. Solomon tells us,

"Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied." [Prov 27:20]

"All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing." [Ecc 1:8]

"All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled." [Ecc 6:7]

The appetite of our flesh cannot be satisfied. It is a frivilous aspiration, which will never see an end. For just like the fire consumes what is given and yet wants more, so too the flesh. Feeding our flesh will not result in satisfaction, but just like itching and itch will not stop it, so too it is with the passions/desires of our bodies.

So let us not feed our flesh, let us not induldge in its pleasures or lusts. But rather, “put to death the deeds of the body” so that we may experience Jesus’ life through us. As The Holy Spirit says through Paul,

"For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh." [2 Cor 4:11]

Let us who are Christ’s, who “have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts,” and who “live in the Spirit” then “also walk in the Spirit.” [Gal 5:24-25] We must discipline our bodies, leading them away like a captive, so that we might obey Jesus and His Spirit [1 Cor 9:25-27].

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