The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, it is enough (Proverbs 30:15) KJV
Horseleach is an aquatic blood-sucking worm, and they are more extensive than common leeches. They fasten on the tongues and nostrils of horses when drinking water from stagnant water or stream.
Horseleach was used in Proverbs 30:15 to teach wisdom, referring to people that are never contented with what they have. No matter what is given, they always want more, even to the detriment of others. Leeches are never content or satisfied, and they always want more.
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The opposite of contentment is covetousness which God told us not to do. See Exodus 20:17.
Covetousness is to desire what others have that you do not have that will upset you or leads to considering sin to get such things. The sin of greed and lust will never make anyone happy because it makes you think about what you don’t have and hate what you do have that could make you happy. Covetousness can easily lead to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem. This happens when you are never be satisfied with what you have. See Ecclesiastes 5:10 and 1 Timothy 6:10.
So, what is great gain? 1 Timothy 6:6 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain”
Godliness and contentment is great gain because it will keep you in perfect peace as you choose to trust God (see Isaiah 26:3) that you have what He wants you to have at that particular time and be thankful. So, it is a choice to be godly and contented. It is also a command because God knows covetousness is not only a sin but will lead you to several sins, and He wants us to be happy and joyful. See what God says in Hebrews 13:5, Philippians 4:19, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Exodus 20:17,
Contentment is a Christian grace that grows over time. It does not come quickly, it is a learned behavior, and no one can take contentment from you once you choose it. It has nothing to do with your circumstances because it is a mindset. “I have learned to be content” (Philippians 4:12).
Paul had to learn it, but how? “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12. There were times when Paul had plenty. Still, God also brought him to situations where he was in need. Both conditions taught him something: the great gain “contentment and godliness” Then he discovered the secret of being content after which he could boldly say, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.
Paul learned the attitude of contentment, not through the pursuit of a process but through a person’s presence in his life, see Galatians 2:20. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the mystery of godliness. “Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16
The only insatiable appetite we should always covet is the glory of God and spiritual blessings, as Moses did. “Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” Exodus 33:18. God has His ways through His word to fill our thirst for Him with His glory in our lives, see Matthew 5:6, Matthew 6:33, Philippians 3:8, Ephesians 3:19, Ephesians 4:11-13, Isaiah 55:6.
Learn the great gain, be contented and godly, and enjoy your God’s given blessings with thanksgiving
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all now and forevermore, Amen.
I love you all, but Jesus loves more.
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