Proverbs 27:7-10 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place. Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel. Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
“I am so full I cannot eat another thing.” Everyone has heard, or probably said this before. You have had so much, that if you eat just one more bite you think you will explode. Nothing even looks good anymore. In today’s passage, Solomon is using this idea to convey some important truths to his son.
The full soul, the affluent, those who have need of little in this world, will often also be wasteful. Having so much they forget what it was like to hunger, thirst, or need help in any way. Sadly, they also often forget what it is like to be grateful for the love and help of a friend. However, to the hungry, the needy, or those who from time to time still need a friend to help, every little thing seems to be a great gesture of love. Even the counsel of a good friend is seen as an act of genuine care.
As a result, those who have so much of this world’s material goods will commonly not see the need for God, salvation, Jesus, or the church. They begin to trust that they have all they will ever need in their earthly possession. While the less affluent of this world often look to the hand of God to supply their every need and rejoice in His smallest of blessings.
The wealthy in this world may have all their earthly possession, but they frequently miss out in the blessings of God as He showers his love on those who genuinely believe.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Are all people of wealth like that? Well think for a moment of who wrote this. It was Solomon, one of the wealthiest of men to walk the earth. It truly is not a matter of our pocketbook; it is all about our heart. We must never forget, no matter how much or how little we have, God sustains and supplies our every need.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
John 13 – 15 / Proverbs 27:7-10
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Jeremiah 38-41 / Hebrews 3
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