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.
When it comes to "stuff," cheap often is the most expensive in the end.
That has been a hard lesson for me to learn.
Grace and peace
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