Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 10:3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
He Thwarts The Craving
I expect that back in Solomon’s day wicked men ate and were full, as did the righteous. Surly, Solomon, being the wisest of men had seen many evil men eat until they're belly's were plump. So what is Solomon getting at here?
The question that comes to my mind is whether the wicked man is truly ever satisfied? Does he ever have enough money? Does he ever have enough stuff? Does anything bring his life contentment?
A human being experiences various types of hunger at different times in his life. He may have a hunger for knowledge or a hunger for food; for money and fame… Look, nothing in the world truly satisfies man… but a wicked man will keep grasping at the things in the world for fulfillment.
All of our physical hungers point us to the most important craving that can only be satisfied by Jesus.
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
CS Lewis observed: “A man’s physical hunger does not prove that man will get any bread; he may die of starvation on a raft in the Atlantic. But surely a man’s hunger does prove that he comes of a race which repairs its body by eating and inhabits a world where eatable substances exist."
In the same way, a hunger for purpose and belonging and acceptance surly does prove that there is someone who can satisfy this inner need.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Our text says: "but he thwarts the craving of the wicked". To "thwart" means to prevent someone from obtaining something. God stops and prevents the wicked from satisfying they're craving through all the worthless things they take in. As long as he believes sin will satisfy he will not eat of the food that satisfies.
The good news is that wholesome food is readily available. We can be full and satisfied in Jesus.
John 7:37 says: On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.