Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 17:1-7. In this Scripture, we are reminded that it is better to have a dry morsel of bread, and have peace and quiet, than a full house of sacrifices with strife.
A wise servant will have rule over a child that causes shame, and will have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries our hearts.
A wicked person listens to lies; and a liar listens to a naughty tongue.
Whoever mocks the poor reproaches their Maker: and those who are happy about calamities will not go unpunished.
Grandchildren are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
Excellent speech does not become a fool: neither does lying lips become a prince.
We are reminded in this Scripture that it is better to have a little and live in peace than to have a lot and live in strife. Many times we put so much emphasis on getting things that it causes strife in our homes. The truth is we would be happier and live more peaceful with less.
We cause ourselves so much stress trying to keep up with other people. If we would learn to live within our means we would be happier and not be so stressed out because we are having trouble making ends meet.
Have you ever known somebody who never seemed to be content? They seem to always want something and are never satisfied no matter how much they attain. Have you ever noticed the more you attain the more responsibility you have to take care of it all. Don’t get me wrong, I like nice things, but sometimes we never seem to be satisfied.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).
This Scripture reminds us that if our basic needs are taken care of we should be satisfied. But, for many of us that is not enough. We are always striving to attain more. Why can’t we learn to be content with what we have?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
Things to think about:
- Why is it better to have a little and peace than a lot with strife?
- Who tries our hearts?
- What is the crown of older people?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read and study this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we are reminded that it is better to have a little and have peace than to have a lot and live in strife. Help us to be content and grateful for what we have. Help us to live peaceful lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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