An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Enough is Enough

(Proverbs 27:7 KJV)  The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

This is a statement on the relative value of what we consider needs.  The basic statement is one that we have all experienced.  How good something tastes depends on how hungry we are.  To me a red delicious apple is one of the most useless parts of creation.  It is dull and almost tasteless.  However, if I am really hungry and it is the only thing in the refrigerator, I can eat it with gusto.  If I am “full” (sated NASB) (7649) I only sneer.

I think the NASB word gives the meaning better here.  We live in a “sated” (7649) culture.  We are so spoiled that we cannot enjoy basic goodness.  This applies to all areas of life.  Our senses are so dulled by excess that we keep looking for the bigger rush, the more extreme thrill. 

So?  How does this speak to me today?  A verse comes to mind:

(Psalms 46:10 KJV)  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The NASB starts this verse off with “cease striving.”  In modern times someone coined the phrase, “Stop and smell the roses.”  Have you ever had someone who was all agitated and getting worse?  One way to help them is to take them aside, make them stop and think, and calm down.  This is where meditation, reflection, prayer and fasting come into our lives as believers.  Structure your day so you can “Be still” and remind yourself that He is God.  Not your employer, your wife, the traffic around you, the government, the barking dog but Him.  I find it important enough to start my day this way.  Find what works for you so that you are not sated with what is going on around you.

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