19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.

“Ill-gotten gain.” Literally, one who gains by violence. The sin that is being addressed here is greed. Greed takes away the life of the greedy person. Greed is never satisfied. Greed is obsessed and controlled by an empty void that cannot be filled with what it is focused on.

What are you greedy for? What has the potential to capture your heart and mind to the extent that you are willing to go out of your way to get it? In my flesh it is affirmation. I long for acceptance and affirmation and when I am unhealthy, I will do crazy things to get it. I will work myself sick. I will spend money I don’t have. I will go against what I know is right. All to get the affirmation of those around me.

If I am in a healthy place, this same desire can drive good behavior. My healthy response to the question would be that I crave intimacy with God. I will go out of my way to get it. I will not quit until I have connected with Jesus. I don’t want those times to end and I go back again and again to sit at His feet. These cravings can feed my flesh or feed my spirit.

God has put desires in our heart that only He can fulfill. He is a jealous God and when we try to fulfill our deepest desires with the flesh and the world, we are pursuing other gods. Take your deepest desires, your greatest needs to the Lord and let Him fill you up to overflowing!