January 18, 2019

Proverbs 17:1 (NLT) — 1 Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.

Solomon is presenting good visual to his students with this verse. Every student could identify with the time and energy that it took to prepare a huge meal in their day > grinding the grain into flour, making and kneading the dough, making a fire for the stone oven, picking the vegetables, butchering the lamb, draining the blood, cutting up the meat, roasting it over the fire, milking the goats, crushing the grapes, etc, etc. No putting the burrito in the microwave here:)

I think back to the days on my grand parents farm when I was in grade school. Grandma made all her bread and pies from scratch. I loved see the six loaves of white bread and the two apple pies cooling on the counter. The aroma would make my mouth salivate. She would peel the potatoes, boil them and mash them. She would also be stirring the gravy till it had the right consistency and their would be a roast baking in the oven. And usually some vegetables would also be cooking on the stove. O what a feast we had! I know that it took grandma hours to prepare these meals. We usually ate this way everyday especially during harvest when we worked long days.

Today you don’t have to be much of a cook to prepare a tasty meal. Just go to Costco and pick out your ready made salad, meat dish, vegetable tray, loaf of bread, gallon of milk and apple pie. Come home and put the meat dish in the microwave and the rest of the food on the table and in 15 minutes you can be feasting.

Okay so what is Solomon saying with our above verse? Here it is > “If there is constant tension and arguing in your home it would be more profitable for you to take the time that you would spend on preparing a feast and instead spend that time preparing an atmosphere of peace and contentment in your home even if it means that all you have time for is to open a box of stale crackers”.

In our homes there should be more emphasis on the atmosphere than what is on the plate. Honoring God with our attitudes and tongues should be more important to us that having a full stomach. Ever notice how food loses its tastefulness when there is tension in the air? Do you notice how upset your stomach gets? That is because tension causes the stomach to create too much acid.

Relationships in the home carry over to relationships outside the home. Jesus said, Blessed are those who work for peace for they will be called the children of God(Matthew 5:9). The mark of a child of God is that they work for peace. Are you marked in this way? People lose their tastefulness for God and to them he becomes acidic when they see his children bickering and arguing. Solomon was right, there is nothing profitable about strife.

As a child of God take the time, no microwaves here, and work to maintain peace in your home, with your children, your spouse, your neighbors, co-workers, other worshipers at Hilltop, etc. even if it means that you only have time to eat a dry soda cracker:)

Jeremiah 29:7 (NLT) — 7 And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”

Hebrews 12:14 (NLT) — 14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

1 Peter 3:11 (NLT) — 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

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