Proverbs 27:20

Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

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There is always room for one more fool to live a painful and dysfunctional life and die a miserable death. Hell and destruction are never full. So fools are always lusting after the evil things that will ruin their lives. The eyes of man are never satisfied. Fools rush to their own hurt and loss every day. There is always room for one more. Go on down, fool!

There is no limit to loveless marriages, foolish children, lonely hearts, underemployed sluggards, early deaths, starving dreamers, and other problems. You can join them, reader. Prisons have few vacancies, because another fool shows up to fill the house of pain. Divorce Court never closes, because one more fool chose to marry for lust instead of faith or chose to divorce for feelings instead of facts. A.A. always takes new members, for there is one more lush unwilling to drink water. Hell and destruction are never full.

Fools are hilarious! They always want, wish, and lust for something to make them happy – which they never find! They think a man, a woman, a child, a house, an amount of money, a car, a boat, affection from another fool, marriage, an event, a promotion, or something else will make them happy. But they never find it, no matter how hard and long they look. They are doomed to misery, for they are on a treadmill to nowhere.

They are never content with what they have, even if it is much; they imagine there is something more exciting out there to make them happy. So they live frustrated and lonely lives, searching for Nirvana, and then they die and wake up in hell. What a miserable existence! Hell and destruction are never full! A fool’s eyes are never satisfied!

Hell and destruction are a miserable and painful life and an unnecessary death (Pr 23:13-14). The lake of fire is never full either. It always has more room. But the lesson here is about painful lives. You can destroy your marriage, fail with your children, or live with a lonely and frustrated soul. You too can turn your life into hell and destruction. The grave never says, “Enough” (Pr 30:15-16), so fools find new ways to live and die miserably. No matter how many bodies are cast into the ground each day, there is room for more.

The eyes of man are never satisfied, because man craves anything other than God. There is no end to the lust of the flesh and eyes and the pride of life (I Jn 2:15-17). Every foolish man thinks a little more of this or that will make him happy. He cannot relax; he dreams of something better; he needs another event to bring him a taste of excitement. He refuses to accept his present circumstances, for he thinks himself too good for them. He thinks in the near future he will discover something that will bring him peace and joy.

Give a woman a good husband: she wants a different man. Give him a good job: he wants to work for himself. Give her a warm home and children: she wants something to do. Give him a good income: he wants more. Give her a good body: she wants it better. The problem is not improvement; the problem is out-of-control priorities leading to sin. Why do men with beautiful wives divorce more often than those with average wives? Why are women that could be content with the Lord always frustrated and looking for more?

The strange woman – by her sins of fornication and adultery – takes men down to death and hell (Pr 2:18-19; 5:5; 7:27; 9:18; Eccl 7:26). But there is always room for one more fool to use the cover of darkness to go near her house to taste her deceitful offerings (Pr 7:6-10). He sees her beauty and hears her flattery and is sure he has found the treasure of pleasure. Foolish men are not satisfied with their wives, so the punishing ruin of adultery always has room for one more fool to be accepted into its downward spiral to destruction.

Adam and Eve were not satisfied in Paradise, and it cost them everything. He that loves silver will not be satisfied with silver, which is vanity and vexation of spirit (Eccl 5:10). Covetousness is idolatry and a great evil, which leads to constant frustration and unhappiness (Eph 5:5). Men’s hearts always want something else or something more, and this evil fretting against God and lust for new things will take them down to destruction.

Godliness with contentment is great gain (I Tim 6:6). But fools cannot learn the lesson! They hear it, but they cannot learn it. For they have convinced themselves – deceived themselves – that there is something else that will excite and fulfill their little souls. But the blessed God will never let you find anything positive outside Him (Ec 7:14), so those who get their eyes and hearts attached to the things of this life are doomed to misery.

Reader! Are you discontent, frustrated, and suffering misery and pain in your life? It is your fault! You have chosen your own lusts over the things of God and heaven. You protect your pet sins; you resent correction by your teachers; you intend to do things your way. If you will make the blessed God your everlasting portion, you can always be content and filled with joy (Ps 16:11; 73:25-26). If you choose wisdom, you can find life and escape death (Pr 13:14; 14:27). There is always room for one more God-fearer!