Riches and wealth or quietness and peace

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Proverbs 17

1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness,

Than a house full of feasting with strife.

Which would you rather have every day for the rest of your life, lots of money and lots of food of all types, or peace and quiet in your house? I have been in the homes of unhappy rich people. They had the house, the nice cars, the boats, the horses, the cruises, all the stuff that poor people want, but they were unhappy with each other. Every meal had a cloud over it; every trip had a cloud over it, every fun thing they did was to try to get rid of the cloud for a moment. I remember leaving one such home and thanking God for His peace in my home. When we delivered furniture, we often found ourselves in downtown Chicago high rise apartments. We would leave and on our way home sing these words, “I am richer than a king, wealthier than a star, happier than a millionaire driving a fancy car. Jesus lives within and my riches are in Him, I’m richer, richer than a king.”

When Christ lives in us and our homes are places of God’s dwelling, peace and quietness of soul bring great satisfaction with contentedness. One of the happiest homes I was ever in was a man’s home with old carpet, old furniture, crowded living (they had seven children in a small house), a great dinner, singing during dishes, and the peace of God throughout. I remember thinking that if I ever had a home that was the kind of home I wanted.

What do you want? Some people can handle both wealth and contentedness, they have a gift from God to use for His glory. Some of us just need to be content with what we have and thankful that with our meager meal we have the joy of the Lord, the quietness of soul, and the peace of God at our table. Do you grieve when you hear about well known people divorcing or losing their kids to addictions? They may have it all but in reality they have nothing and have now lost what was most important.

Look at our verse again: “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.” Pray with me to be content with God’s peace and that we may stop hoping for greater feasting. God promises to meet our needs and then calls us to be content with whatever He gives us. That is quietness of soul.

My dad’s aortic valve replacement was a success. Yesterday they showed him the new valve working on a sonogram. I did not know how beautiful a working heart valve can look. He is feeling well and hopes to go home soon. Thank you for your prayers for him.

On Sunday I brought a message about the church being a spiritual army. This week has been a time of great spiritual battles for many of us. Pray with us today for those among us who are in the front lines of the battle. The enemy is strong and deceptive, but our Captain is mighty in the truth. Pray that we all will follow our Lord Jesus and rely on His strength to face these fierce battles. One brother in Christ was served divorce papers, another loses his house in less than two weeks (he has three children), another is struggling for peace in God’s will, another is facing disappointment, a sister is seeking reconciliation with her parents while another sister is battling against gossip and a family has issues that don’t seem to go away. You could add to this list. As an army under the same Captain, we must fight in prayer for one another. We need each other in the battle. Band with me in labored prayer for one another.

 Tomorrow we will gather for prayer at the church at 11:45. Sunday we have children from Elsafon school for the blind coming to worship with us.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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