I am a cheapskate, a skinflint, a tightwad. It is my nature to look for the lowest price. I want what is on sale. I eat off the Dollar Menu. That can be a healthy trait that we could call “thrifty” if we are in a good mood but, in reality, “cheap” is a better description. As I read this verse it jumps out and stares me in the eye. It dares me to make something of it.
This is a wake-up call to enjoy the quality that is available in life. If I can only afford to shop at the 99 Cent Store, then well and good. I should feel no guilt. At the same time I think I can find honey on those shelves. This is a reminder that there is no glory in eating instant, generic oatmeal if the thick cut that requires 10 minutes to cook is available. Eating garbage is not a virtue. Of course the opposite extreme of gluttony is not good either. Consider the next chapter,
(Proverbs 25:16 KJV) Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.So? I will always squirrel away spare change and have a secret stash. What I need to understand is that if I can afford the good coffee, then I am free to enjoy the good coffee. If I can afford quality tools, buy quality tools. God is not the enemy of quality. Often that is the best stewardship.