Not the doll nor the
(Thomas Brooks, "The Transcendent Excellency of
a Believer's Portion above All Earthly Portions")
"Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his
income. This too is meaningless." Ecclesiastes 5:10
Worldly portions can never
satisfy the souls of men.
Absalom's beauty could
not satisfy him.
Haman's honor could not satisfy him.
Ahab's kingdom could not satisfy him.
Balaam's gold could not satisfy him.
Ahithophel's wisdom could not satisfy him.
The pharisees' learning could not satisfy them.
Dives's riches could not satisfy him.
All the world cannot fill the soul; nor can all the
creatures in the world fill up the soul with complete
satisfaction. Nothing can be the satisfaction of the
soul—but He who made it.
All earthly portions are dissatisfying
but vex and fret, gall and grieve, tear and torment
souls of men. The world is a circle, and the heart
is a triangle—and no triangle can fill a circle.
good or other will be always lacking to that man
has only outward good to live upon.
The soul can never be at rest, until it comes to rest and
center in God. God Himself is the soul's only home. No
good but the chief Good, can suffice an immortal soul.
It is the breast—and not the doll nor the
will satisfy the hungry babe. And it is God, and not this
that creature—which will satisfy the soul of man.