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.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Appetite Suppressors

(Proverbs 13:25 KJV)  The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

As one who has been working on losing weight, I know I have problems with my “appetite” (NASB) (soul KJV) (5315).  I do not eat too much because I am hungry but because I “want” (2637).  This verse is reminding us that the big temptations in life are not from physical needs but from something wrong in our appetites.

This word is much deeper than you would expect.  The KJV gets it right.  It is the Hebrew word that refers to the soul, the motivating force, the passions.  In the NASB it is translated “soul” 278 times, the KJV, 416.  Another translation very common is “life” (146/100). 

I feel a Pathetic Pumice Paraphrase coming on.
(Proverbs 13:25, PPP) The righteous puts needs before wants and is satisfied.  The wicked never understands that priority. 
Why is this important to understand?  Because God made us and knows what we need to be satisfied for now and eternity.  Our focus is life is usually immediate gratification.

So?  Allow the Holy Spirit to show you what your needs are whether it be lunch or vacation. 

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