We read in the book of Proverbs As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man. Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied (Proverbs 27:19-20) Water was a primitive way of looking at our reflection. Today, we have mirrors in our bathrooms and hallways so that we can look at ourselves in a more clear fashion. It’s not abnormal to stare at ourselves to see how hair looks or what a certain piece of clothing looks like on us. The purpose of the mirror and our reflection is to see our physical features, our exterior attributes or our outer likeness so as to have an understanding of how others view us.
In the same way that the water reflects our exterior attributes, so does a man’s heart reflects the man because it exposes, not his exterior attributes, but his inner self. It essentially exposes to us (ourselves) who we really are and often times to others as well. The scriptures tell us clearly about man’s heart: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?(Jeremiah 17:9) In the book of Ezekiel , we read that man’s heart is one of stone. This wicked heart made of stone reflects the very essence of a person, his thoughts and his very nature. Your probably thinking “hold on now, I have love in my heart hence it isn’t “desperately wicked” as you say!! You see the heart is capable to doing good but the question is does it function in the full capacity of goodness? The question is have you ever really taken into account what your inner thoughts and desires are? You might identify them as your “secret thoughts”, those desires that no one knows about? You know you have them, we all have them. Examples:
- Thinking about money, person pulls out a large amount of money, you wish you had that money = coveting
- Job Promotion someone else gets = jealousy,
- Don’t want to lose your friend, you start thinking of ways to make the other look bad, perhaps make stuff up about them = bearing false witness.
All these things are self beneficial and you think them simply so you can get ahead. You see you’re not satisfied with what finances the Lord has given you, you’re not satisfied with the job God has given you and the relationships you’re in. The heart exposes man’s dissatisfaction, it manifests his lustful desires and reveals to a person who they really are. The problem is; people don’t listen to their heart! They push aside their condemning thoughts or merely define them as “normal”. I’m going to remember the good things and ignore the bad things. You see these aren’t normal thoughts; these aren’t the natural feelings, they are the feelings of a rebellious heart, a heart that is dead to God.
In vs. 20 we read: Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, you see the word Abaddon here is actually a term that means “the grave”. You see, death and the grave are always accepting and they are never filled-up, there is never satisfaction, it always can receive more and more. You see, People die every day and sadly, most are dying unsatisfied. The second part of this verse explains that people’s eyes and their self-gratifying desires are never satisfied. Man is always craving for more, more money, more advances in technology and sadly, people are even finding greater ways to do evil. We read in the news every day of people`s lust for advancement and their constant longing for evil things. Man is always trying to top what others have accomplished. He longs for greater things all the time. You might ask “what is wrong with wanting better things in life” and I would answer absolutely nothing. The problem is that people are refusing something far better than what they strive for in refusing the greatest thing in life, an eternal life, the gift of God”. Seriously, what does it mean to be satisfied? Ae you satisfied? The word “Satisfied” means “there is no desire or want left”, you are fully content, fulfilled and happy and most importantly remain so. If not, what is it going to take?
I would like to share with you of one who has been satisfied and He is God the Father. What could ever satisfy God? Do we, as people, satisfy God? Listen to what the bible says ““ There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one. It isn`t people who satisfy God so what is it? The answer if found in the words of the prophet Isaiah
11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:11)
Isaiah, in this beautiful prophetic verse is speaking of the coming suffering servant, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. You see God shall see the works of the Jesus and it is enough, there is no need for any addition to it, it is perfect and complete. This event that was prophesied about thousands of years ago was fulfilled in the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Father punished sin on Him. You see this punishment, this suffering that was intended to be unleashed on men and woman, like you and me, was unleashed on Him. He bore OUR iniquities or our crimes against the law of God so that we may be not found guilty. You see the result of this work, of his bearing our sins, is found in the term “justify”, it means to “acquit from guilt”. Jesus Christ paid the debt you owe. God is satisfied with what Christ offered and for all those who repent from their sins and bow the knee to the Lordship of Christ trusting in Him alone to satisfy God will possess eternal life. We will find satisfaction in knowing that God is satisfied with us through Jesus Christ.
How do we know He is satisfied? This is what the resurrection stands for in that God raised Christ from the dead because He is satisfied with what was accomplished. If God is satisfied that you are forgiven by His work on the cross then is there any reason you shouldn’t be satisfied? The bible says that “as many as have received Him, to them he gave the power to become the sons of God, to them that believe on His name (John 1:12). Imagine knowing when you die that there’s a better place coming, with no hate, war, disease or death. Received the satisfaction provided by Christ once and for all and know that your spirit is right with God.