Proverbs 23:1-3 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
“If it seems somehow too good to be true, it probably is!” This saying has been used to warn people against seeing only the glitz and glamour of a situation, when behind the splendid appearance there is quite possibly a trick, or a plot.
This is what Solomon was trying to tell his son, and what God is trying to tell us in today’s Proverb. Do not put your faith in other people’s, “pie in the sky” ideas. It may appear as though they are trying to help you in the beginning, but often they are simply trying to use you.
Solomon said son, “if you get a chance to eat with the wealthy, and the table is set with all the finest there is around, watch yourself.” The phrase “put a knife to thy throat,” was an old oriental way of saying, “watch your appetite.” In other words, keep your eyes and ears open for what is really being said and or done.
Corporate America today is often the worst. They lure young, energetic, and eager youth into their glitzy world and soon get them caught up in their “too busy for anything but the company” lifestyle. The pay is good. The luxuries seem grand. However, they find themselves tied into a life that allows little time for family and friends. In addition, all too often there is little or no time to worship God properly.
These companies will often make a person feel as if they have bought their very soul. Later in life, when you are not as young and fresh as you once were, you may become of little use to them. Therefore, with little regard to you, or your family, they dismiss you like yesterday’s refuse. Watch yourself friend, because all that glitters is truly not gold.
God tells us to rely on Him for all our needs. What will be important at life’s end? Will it be a great resume of positions held? That will be worth little or nothing after this life. Or would a relationship with God, family, and Christian friends who will be there for eternity be more significant? Seems like an easy choice. Which choice are you making today? Trust God always.
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