Hello ladies! Before reading today’s devotional, read and study Proverbs 5-6.
As the mom of a toddler, I watch an unreasonable amount of kid’s shows. One of my son’s favorite shows has an episode about wanting more. It highlights the negative consequences of feeling like you never have enough. Parents and even the media teach our children not to take things from others and to be kind. These principles are a given, but it seems to lose its oomph somewhere around adolescence when society tells us that being a good person isn’t enough. In this world, it’s the curation of a perfect life that seems to matters most.
As I passively listen to my 101st viewing of that cartoon episode, I swipe through social media. Flares of jealousy spring up, and on the good days, they pass quickly.
Proverbs chapter five and part of chapter six focus on one particular path these desires can take: adultery. If you look at any major statistic, you’ll quickly see that wandering eyes are as much a part of today’s relationships as they were when Proverbs was put to paper.
Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Even in our earliest years, as fallible humans, we see something we want in another’s hands, and we just have to have it. At our fleshy, base level, we want whatever will make us “happy”. I doubt any of us could spend more than 10 minutes flipping through channels, websites, or magazine pages without coming to the conclusion that the world measures the value of life based on happiness.
Solomon brings that focus back to what we have at home. If you have nourishing water in your cistern, there’s no reason to look for it elsewhere. He doesn’t wish this universal “happiness” on us. He bids us a blessing on our relationships and hopes that we will find comfort and fulfillment in what we have at home.
As God directs our lives, He gives us what we need. The specific plans He has for us, are unique. He will never break down one child so that another can be blessed. You won’t find “the one” sitting next to his wife across the pews. God won’t get sweet Cindy from accounting fired so you can have her job. He has plans for us, and there is no reason that we should seek what He has given others. Can you imagine a closet full of your favorite clothing that’s tailored perfectly to your body? Well that’s what faith gives us. God blesses us with a life that’s only meant for us. Don’t take that lady’s wardrobe just because you like it. It just isn’t going to fit like the things that are meant for you.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Along with avoiding this grass is greener/her shirt is cuter mentality, we have to stop waiting for blessings to drop in our laps. If we are bored with our lives, we are doing something wrong. As James 2:14 says, faith without works is dead. God doesn’t just want what’s easy for us. When does simple ever make us grow? How do we learn if we are never challenged? If we are looking into others’ lives to find our fulfillment, we will always be empty. It doesn’t matter how shiny and new something is if it’s not meant for us. And if it’s meant for us, we are going to have to work for it. Taking a break from our faith or avoiding what God is leading us to do out of fear or laziness, is only going to leave us in want.
We only need what God has for us. It is, in every way, perfect for us. Our lives might not be easy. We may struggle, we may look a little less polished than the faces we see in photos. But we will never miss out on the people and the things that our Father in heaven has prepared for us if we focus on what’s important, listen to His voice, and act when led.
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