Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred Proverbs 15:16-17 (NIV).
טוֹב־מְ֭עַט בְּיִרְאַ֣ת יְהוָ֑ה מֵאוֹצָ֥ר רָ֝֗ב וּמְה֥וּמָה בֽוֹ׃
ט֤וֹב אֲרֻחַ֣ת יָ֭רָק וְאַהֲבָה־שָׁ֑ם מִשּׁ֥וֹר אָ֝ב֗וּס וְשִׂנְאָה־בֽוֹ׃
Having lunch at Subway is an unusual experience. I am in awe of how much time it takes to order a sandwich. My sandwiches are the same: meat, lettuce, tomatoes and mustard . . . . wrap it up.
Hungry people study the choices before them behind the glass case like they are on an archeological dig. We’ll take all the time we need to pick out exactly what we we want to make our gourmet Subway sandwich despite the growing line of impatient people behind us.
We enjoy having choices to make. I think God understands that part of human nature, which is why He lays out many selections regarding the way we can choose to l
ive. However, despite the variety of choices the Lord offers, this does not indicate all options are equal.
In Proverbs 15:16-17 Solomon spreads out two lifestyle choices – wealth and simplicity – but one is better than the other. In other words, not all choices have the same results.
Between the options of prosperity and a scaled down life, you would think a person needs to have his head examined to not choose plenty. Yet, we know life is not that simplistic.
Therefore, God sets up these two verses like several combination platters on a Chinese menu. If you order one item, that option is accompanied by another food choice. Result? What you assumed what was a blessing on the menu could be attended by a burden you never expected.
You are given an opportunity to pick which meal you want from each proverb. But before you select, you need to ask the server, Solomon, what ingredients are used to make up these combination platters. (more…)