Google+ 04/01/14 Let's Follow Jesus to the Buffet Table!

Proverbs 15:15-17


For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

Better to have little, with fear for the Lord than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.


Isn't the book of Proverbs fabulous?  A quick, undiscerning glance at today's Scripture would have us thinking we were talking about food!   The funny part about it is that, in some ways, we are.  Webster tells us that if we are despondent, we are showing low self-esteem, discouragement, or depression.  Notice that Solomon tells us that if we feel this way, every day will bring trouble.  In Christ, we simply can't feel depressed.  The joy of the Lord will overcome all of those feelings and we would be wise to listen.  For the happy heart, life is a continual feast.  As a pastor, I don't have much in terms of material things.  In many ways, my life is very simple.  The more we obey God, the less we have materially.  In doing this we accomplish what Solomon teaches.  We have little, with a healthy fear of God.  This leads to removing our great inner turmoil.  There are good struggles and bad inner turmoil.  As Christians, we are told that we will struggle every day against Satan.  We will battle to do God's will here on earth.  These are the good struggles.  Sometimes, Satan gets control of our lives and creates inner turmoil, which is never healthy.  When this happens, we aren't battling the dark side, we are figuring out how to embrace it and not get caught!  Living this double life is to invite disaster and immediate failure in our lives.  So, let's have happy hearts.  Let's tell Satan that there is no room in our lives for him at anytime.  "Let's Follow Jesus to the Buffet Table!"