The plague of unsatisfiedness
(Thomas Brooks, "The
Crown and Glory of Christianity, or,
HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)
"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of covetousness; a man's life does not
consist in the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:15
Covetousness is . . .
a very great and grievous sin;
a breeding sin;
a sin which has all sin in its womb;
a very vile and heinous sin;
the root of all evil.
Covetousness makes the soul earthly—which should be celestial.
Covetousness is an evil which subjects
men to the basest and vilest evils.
Covetousness makes a man a fool! "You fool!
This very night your life will be demanded
from you. Then who will get what you have
prepared for yourself?" Luke 12:20
Covetousness robs a man of all true peace,
comfort, contentment and quiet.
Covetousness brings men into snares which
drown their souls in perdition.
Covetousness renders men unsatisfied
their outward enjoyments. Though a covetous
wretch has enough to sink him—yet he can never
have enough to satisfy him. First he wishes for a bag full, and then a chest full, and then a room
full, and then a house full, etc.
The plague of unsatisfiedness—is
plague which covetous men are under. Certainly
you shall as soon fill a triangle with a circle, and
a chest with grace—as you shall be able to fill
and satisfy a covetous mind with money.
A covetous man is like a swine—which is good for
nothing while it lives. The horse is good to carry,
the ox is good to draw, the sheep is good for cloth,
the cow is good to give milk, and the dog is good
to guard the house—but the hog is good for nothing
while he lives! Just so, a covetous man is only
serviceable when he is dead. That scripture often
proves true, "the riches of a sinner are laid up
for the just." Job 27:17
No sin lays men under greater woes!
"People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." 1 Timothy 6:9-10