Week 33 A Peaceful House
Today’s Text: Proverbs 17-18
Key Text: Proverbs 17:1
“Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife.”
Being a minister and counselor, this scripture reminds me of so many situations in which I have tried to offer spiritual counsel.
As a society we seem to place so much emphasis on material wealth and security.
So often, so many people think money and possessions are the path to happiness.
Let me assure you, they are not.
I have seen too many people over the years who, by the world’s standards, have it made, yet they are absolutely miserable. They live in “a house full of feasting with strife.”
Is there some great blessing in being materially poor? No, I wouldn’t go that far.
I have met a lot of people who grimly say, “Money isn’t everything – but it helps.”
Still, I have met others who though they don’t have much to speak of, in material wealth, they are content and live very happy lives. They are the ones who peacefully dine on “a dry morsel” with “quietness.”
How do you find such peace?
I believe you find it by following God’s principles, found in scripture, for your life.
I believe you find it by having a spiritual foundation, again based on scriptural teachings, for your home.
I believe you find it by turning over your needs, all them, to God – and asking God to show you how to meet those needs.
I believe you find it by putting your own needs in perspective with the needs of others – again, by following God’s principles.
Finally, I believe you find it by starting with Jesus’ teaching – the part about considering the lilies of the field and seeking the kingdom of God first.
A morsel of bread – and a peaceful house – sounds pretty good to me.