I love the book of Proverbs but I rarely feature them in these devotionals because of the way they occur in my reading plan. Everyday the last thing I read is a verse, maybe two from Proverbs. Profound and wonderful as they most often are, I like to offer a passage of between 5-10 verses of scripture each day. Today, however, I make an exception for these three powerful verses which all seem to make a similar points. For me, the common point in all three verses, is the focus on the benefits of a positive attitude in life. These ideas are so simple and true and yet, I know I have spent more of my life on the despondent side, and I have turned away from spending quality time with loved ones and have often eaten alone and far from home.
Proverbs 15:15-17 NLT
15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;
for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
16 Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,
than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.
17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love
is better than steak with someone you hate.
Dear Lord and father,
Thank you for the simple wisdom you have spoken to us in the book of Proverbs. I am so grateful that I have found this great treasure house of knowledge of how to live in peace for your honour and glory. Father forgive me for the years I spent living in despondency and inner turmoil because I chose not to acknowledge you. I had no fear of you and I wouldn’t let you guide me or protect me. Lord I thank you for the friends I have found since you called me to open up my heart and my life to you. And I thank you too, for all the vegetables we have shared – vegetables have never tasted so good! Father I pray, in the name of Jesus, that you will preserve the happy heart you have blessed me with, and that it may be a gift and an inspiration to those who are seeking your great treasure and continual feast in their despondency or inner turmoil…..Amen.
1 Samuel 20:1-21:15, John 9:1-41, Psalms 113:1-114:8, Proverbs 15:15-17