Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 6)
Fullness: To Embrace
They would have none of My Counsel
And despised My every rebuke.
Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
But whoever listens to Me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.
Proverbs 1:30-33 (NKJV)
You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.
Haggai 1:6 (NIV)*
What if we eat the fruit of our own way, and we're filled to the full with our fancies? What if our own fruits aren't good nourishment and our fancies are empty calories?
What if God grows tired of our willfulness, and He lets us receive what we deserve? So He withdraws His cloak of protection, exposing us to our own foolishness?
What if our fullness turns into nothing, so we refill again and again? But our satisfaction keeps vanishing, and our quest for completion never ends?
We begin to fear insufficiency, so we buy into cons and connivers. We reject the Giver of completion when we reject the wisdom of Proverbs.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Good food and fullness are Bible themes.** Bad food and emptiness are warnings.* God's Word contains spiritual truths with physical manifestations. In other words, they're true in two ways:
1) For those who prefer 'The Bread of Life' (John 6:35), loving the Lord and His Commandments, they will remain full and satisfied, even in life's hardest conditions.
Manifested in the physical: For those who prefer God's real, whole foods, abstaining from man's manufactured, chemically-enhanced concoctions, their bodies will be strong and healthy.
2) Those who eat 'The bread of idleness' (Proverbs 31:27), forgetting the Lord and His Orders, will seek (but not find) satisfaction. They're seen as bench-sitting complainers.
Manifested in the physical: For those who prefer man's pretend foods, sweet-tasting, heavily advertised, everybody-eats-them addictions, their bodies will suffer by result.
To Be Continued...
* Other Bible Verses about eating without satisfaction. Micah 6:14, Hosea 4:10, Isaiah 9:20: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah+6%3A14%2C+Hosea+4%3A10%2C+Isaiah+9%3A20&version=NASB
* Bible Verses about the danger of eating bad foods made or foods served by bad people. Proverbs 23:1-8; Isaiah 55:2, 1 Corinthians 10:21, Philippians 3:18-20, Proverbs 27:7: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+23%3A1-8%3B+Isaiah+55%3A2%2C+1+Corinthians+10%3A21%2C+Philippians+3%3A18-20%2C+Proverbs+27%3A7&version=NASB
** Proverbs 9:1-6 (Wisdom's Invitation):
Wisdom has built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars;
She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine;
She has also set her table;
She has sent out her maidens, she calls
From the tops of the heights of the city:
'Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!'
To him who lacks understanding she says,
'Come, eat of my food
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
Forsake your folly and live,
And proceed in the way of understanding.'
** Other Bible Verses about satisfaction (and fullness): http://www.openbible.info/topics/satisfaction
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.