S (Scripture): Proverbs 15
15 All the days of the poor are hard,
but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble with it.
17 Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is
than a fatted ox and hatred with it.
18 Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife,
but those who are slow to anger calm contention.
O (Observation): The wisdom coming forth here points out that worldly wealth is not the seat of contentment. In fact, wealth (money, food, clothing, fancy stuff, etc.) is shown to bring very little satisfaction in and of itself, if it does not accompany love or a fear of the Lord.
And what comes of the ability to be slow to anger? Contentment. Not a lazy, “let’s forget about this” kind of contentment. Wisdom here speaks of contentment that means the important thing is not how MUCH I have or how I will sustain myself, but rather, is there love and a fear of the Lord with what I do have.
A (Application): What story do we believe? Our story about ourselves? Or God’s story about us?
Do we have enough stuff in our lives? In our world? The story the world wants us to believe is that the one with the most toys wins. We don’t say that, specifically, but we want to borrow money to have the latest style car, or phone, or furniture. That’s the story we want to believe.
Yet God seems to be sharing another story with us, a story about us. God says, “I give you everything you need, not necessarily everything you want. Love and contentment drive your story. Buy that car or house or whatever, but let my love for you define your life, not what others think about you based on what you have or don’t have.”
What story do you believe? The one the world tells about us? Or the one that God tells us: “You are enough, already”?
P (Prayer): Lord, feed us, so that we might feed others. Amen.