“The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.”
Unlike Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgeon, Shakespeare, or David Welford, I occasionally have a hard time with words. This is one of those times.
There is so much that can be said about this verse, Proverbs 10:3, but it really all comes down to a few observations.
First. “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing…” (Proverbs 10:2). In order to better understand verse three, we can’t drag it far from verse two. There the idea is that money is worthless when it comes to buying life. Only righteousness delivers from death.
Second. A hungry soul cannot be satisfied with money, nor with anything else the wicked can produce. As a matter of fact, the only soul with any hope is the righteous one. “The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked” (Prov. 10:3 NLT).
Third. The wicked soul will always feel hungry. Some will even try to buy food for their soul, but God will only throw out their offer.
At this point I can’t help but remember the words of a Bruce Springsteen song, Hungry Heart. Remember these words?
“Everybody’s got a hungry heart Everybody’s got a hungry heart Lay down your money and you play your part Everybody’s got a hungry heart.”
Grace. More than anything, it’s all about grace. God offers peace, rest, and nourishment for the soul that depends on Him. He doesn’t sell that peace, but offers it freely. If you try to buy it, He will just turn you away.
That reminds me of the words to another song…
“Rock of Ages, cleft for me Let me hide myself in Thee… Nothing in my hands I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling…”
- Proverbs 10:2 (proverbialthought.com)
- Pursuit of Proverbs – Chapter Ten (alookintomymind.wordpress.com)