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The Proverbial Journey 23

March 23, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 23

Have you ever wanted what other’s have?  Have you ever looked at the life that is seemingly enjoyed by the famous or wealthy and said, “that would be nice”?

I know I have at times.  Especially when things in my own life are not going like I would like them to or I don’t have the finances or skills to have something.

1 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well what [a] is before you,

2 and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to gluttony.

3 Do not crave his delicacies,
for that food is deceptive.

4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
have the wisdom to show restraint.

5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man,
do not crave his delicacies;

7 for he is the kind of man
who is always thinking about the cost. [b]
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.

8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments.

What we are being told here is that be careful in desiring and placing high value on the pleasures and wealth of this physical world because they are fleeting.  One day you have a huge home filled with treasures, the next it could burn to the ground.  If your life is wrapped up in those things, then it becomes ashes as well.  Also if we crave what others horde for themselves, when they allow us a taste, we must understand that  they have an agenda for their own interests first.

17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

In the same way discussed above, we must be careful not to look at those who are “enjoying” sin and desire some of that for ourselves.  Those momentary pleasures can have disastrous consequences in this life and eternal implications as well.  It looks like fun, but it will rob you later.

The second half of verse 17 tells us that we need to be hungry for the way of the Lord.  The reason is that the living in relationship with God, observing His ways, guarantees His benefits, promises, hope, future, life, power, and eternity with Him.

Our culture has taught us to forego long term benefits for short term pleasures.  Please understand that the pleasure of sin will never compare to true abundant life in Christ, and that lasts forever.  The things of this world pass away and leave us empty.

What else did you guys pick up from this chapter?

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One Comment
  1. the other thing that jumps out at me is not being afraid to discipline my children as it says in v. 13 and 14. Sometimes I want to be their friend and make them happy while other times I go overboard and discipline them out of anger. I need to learn the correct way to discipline. On a side note I have never heard of the Sheol in v. 14 and will do some research on that today. It looks to be interesting and also will challenge some things I thought I already knew.

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