Welcome, Faithfulness Friday friends! The 1965 song, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (by the Rolling Stones) came to mind as I began reading Proverbs, chapter 23 (our focus today). Here’s the song to refresh your memory. 🙂
This chapter of Proverbs immediately speaks of eating with rulers, gluttony, and a general focus on riches and delicacies.
“Hey, Hey, Hey! That’s what I say…”
What does God say? He gives us fun music – and many gems of verses where we can find satisfaction in the Lord. In the scriptures leading up to this one, I thought of discontentment – and then God addressed His answer in this Faithfulness Friday highlight verse.
Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord. For surely you have a future ahead of you; your hope will not be disappointed.
Why are we always comparing our blessings to the possessions of others? This proverb is specifically telling us not to envy sinners. Could it be that we struggle with envy of sinners because we think we deserve better due to our love for the Lord? Could it be because we see how sinners (much of the time) use dishonesty and deceit to get ahead?
God calls us to a life of contentment. When we look for fulfillment in worldly things, the result is discontentment.
Having a mindset of thankfulness will take the focus off of what we don’t have onto the blessings we do have. Here are a few verses to help us in the area of contentment – the contentment that God is faithful to provide.
And he said to them, ‘take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’
But Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
(1 Timothy 6:6-8)
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’
So, remove your face of angst …
… by focusing on the promises and instruction in God’s Word.Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord.For surely you have a future ahead of you; your hope will not be disappointed. (Proverbs 23:17) Click To Tweet
I’m looking forward to hearing which verses spoke to you in a special way today.
On a side note, with all that’s happening in our country these days where things may look bleak, we can face tomorrow because the Lord is faithful!
And … because He lives~