My Favorite Proverbs: Being Satisfied (Prov.13:25).
“The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.”
Look at today’s proverb from two perspectives:
First, ultimately God will bless the righteous, but not the wicked. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matt. 5:6). The judgment day scene will involve both kinds of people:
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world… ““Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:34, 41).
Second, the righteous learn the secret of contentment. Paul wrote…
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:11-13).
This is contentment with what we have. This passage wouldn’t prohibit my wanting to do better, or my striving for excellence, but rather it insists that I can be content NOW. Sadly, those years I spend wishing things were different, may turn out to the be the best years of my life.
We all know the twenty-third Psalm which includes, “…my cup runs over…” (Psa. 23:5). How much of that wonderful emotion has to do with a healthy view of God’s great blessings in my life and resisting comparisons of myself with others who have more material goods?
I’ve often appreciated the spirit of Esau (who obviously had his faults) when he finally came face to face with his younger twin, Jacob. Jacob offered him a great gift of livestock as an appeasement for bygone wrongs. Esau declined the gift and said, “I have enough” (Gen. 33:9).
Today, pray a well considered prayer in which you ask for nothing; a prayer simply to count your blessings in gratitude to the One who gave them.
Family Bible Time with Glenn and Cindy:
Tonight, take the time to watch this video, created for a Lads to Leaders entry by some of the young folks at the West Corinth church in Corinth, Mississippi. I think your kids (of all ages) will enjoy it. Then discuss the long-suffering nature of the father in the parable and compare Him to the heavenly Father. Discuss how very much David needed/wanted the grace of this Father.
Mention also that it’s a great thing when we can teach the Bible though role-playing. We’re grateful to many children and teens who are frequently doing this.
Pray with your children.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.