Proverbs 15:15-17

Our devotions this Easter season come from members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Deborah Whittington.

“All the days of the poor are hard, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast. Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it. Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it.” Proverbs 15:15-17

I saw a news article on Facebook last week about the “Worlds Happiest Man.” No, he hadn’t won the Texas Mega millions. He wasn’t wealthy at all. He didn’t have great political power. He had no fame and no influential friends. What he had was enough. He was satisfied with what he had.

As I read through the verses of Proverbs, I realize that I have lived and learned the truth behind each of these wise sayings. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but we had each other and a sense of humor, and that went a long way towards our relationship today. My brothers and sisters and I still love to get together, eat, and laugh with each other. We’re friends with each other, and I’ve learned that not all siblings are.

I’ve learned that when everyone and everything is gone, and all you have left is the LORD, he is enough. And I’ve learned that I really don’t need meat to be healthy at all, even though now I can eat meat without getting sick. And I’ve learned that forgiving someone is the most healing and burden-lifting thing you can do for yourself- whether it heals a relationship, or not.

Finally, I have learned, like Paul in Philippians 4, that “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation… I can do everything through Christ who gives we strength.” (verses 12a-13)

Prayer: Gracious Father, we bless your Holy Name. We love you and adore you. Thank you for your unfailing love. Thank you for providing everything we truly need. Help us to be satisfied with what we have and help us to spread your love to others and bless the world. Amen.


One Response to “Proverbs 15:15-17”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Amen my Sister!

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