Habakkuk 2:5 – Wealth is treacherous, and the arrogant are never at rest. They range far and wide, with their mouths opened as wide as death, but they are never satisfied.
Greed. It’s gross, disgusting…never satisfying. Why would wealth be treacherous? Because there’s never enough of it. The Babylonians had so much, but their lust for more could never be quenched. My thoughts drift to people…great conquerers that started out with a small plan, but once they tasted victory and the spoils of war, they had to have more. I think of people who have so much, yet it’s never enough. Wether it’s the newest car, clothes or a pile of cash. We are so trained to always want more…to have an unending desire for stuff. It’s like we have perpetual need…or better yet…perpetual want.
Perpetual: Never ending or changing.
Need: Require something because it is essential or very important.
Want: Have a desire to possess or do something.
Even as I write this, I am realizing that there is a huge difference between needs and wants. Help me, Lord, to understand the difference between two. I WANT a Jeep Wrangler (forest green, black top). I WANT a house with a back yard for the kids to play as I cook a mean steak on my grill. These are things that I WANT…
I NEED You, Lord. I need a thriving and real relationship with You. Without you, all the wants of my life amount to nothing. Lord, may the thoughts of my mind and the meditations of my heart be on you…for in you I have all I need. I don’t want to lust for more, more, more. I want to desire you and the FULLNESS of what you have for me. Help me to be satisfied in you today…I love you.