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, October 17, 2014

Lima Beans or Brussel Sprouts

(Proverbs 17:1 KJV)  Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

“Better” (2896a) is an English word that appears frequently in the Bible.  What came to my mind was the 11th chapter of Hebrews that talks about a better sacrifice and a better resurrection.  It is used 21 times in Proverbs.  Two things surprised me.  One is that the word “best” is less frequent and not used in Proverbs at all.  The second is that the word is used 21 times in Ecclesiastes. 

It is hard for us to get a handle on better.  Because we know Jesus who is the ultimate Best, we often think that we will have the best in all areas of our lives.  Usually our choices do not include the best.  Usually all we can hope for is the better choice.  Often we miss spiritual growth and fulfillment because we refuse to choose from the actual options we have.

So?  Your choices may not include the steak that came from the sacrifice.  You may be forced to chose between lima beans and Brussel sprouts.  Neither one is best in my world but I can decide which one would be better at the moment.  Do your best and trust for the rest. 

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