I have still been gleaning wisdom from Proverbs even though most of it hasn’t made it to this site. 😦 Plans are definitely in the work to change that and today I would like to share a few nuggets from Proverbs 15 and 16 using the New American Standard version.
First the verses, Proverbs 15:16-17:
16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD
than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
and then Proverbs 16:8:
8 Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.
There are many more nuggets in these two chapters but I was drawn to these verses by the use of the word “better” at the beginning…as humans we are instinctively drawn to what we believe/perceive/feel is better because it ultimately leads us to what is best. At an early age, we learn there is good, better, and best. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then you know that you already have the best in the promise of eternal life. So, that leaves us with better and in Proverbs 15:16, better is a little with the fear of the Lord. There are many verses that deal with having a fear of the Lord, for example 15:33 – The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
We see that the fear of the Lord will teach us wisdom which we know is highly valued as evidenced by King Solomon. Proverbs 15:17 teaches us that love is better than hatred in terms that we can all understand – food. Having meat is considered a sign of wealth in many countries but here we see that love and veggies is much better than meat and hatred. Finally, Proverbs 16:8 once again teaches us that having a little and having it with righteousness is far better than having a lot that has been gained in an unrighteous way. We all know someone or we see so-called celebrities and feel that they have so much and sometimes we may even become jealous or envious, DON’T because our little that we have gained with and in righteousness is far better.
Continue to strive for better…until next time.