Bible Study & Devotional 253
Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 23:3 ‘Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.’
written by: Torrie Slaughter
- Insight- the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.
- Knowledge-the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.
- Discretion-the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.
When I was a child, I read lots of Aesop Fables and had just as many read to me. They were truths explained in a way I could digest. Today I turned to one of my favorites which is the Dog and the Shadow. In this fable, the dog carried a large piece of meat in his mouth to take home to enjoy.
As he crossed over a creek using a plank, he looked down and saw his reflection. The dog thought it to be another dog with a bigger piece of meat in his mouth. Deciding he wanted both; he snapped at the reflection losing his dinner in the process.
The moral: “Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”
Proverbs 23:1-3 advises caution when dining with authoritative people. Ulterior motives arise as the need to ‘get’ something or gain access to one’s talents fuels the ‘generosity.’ We must pay attention to our appetite for food, fame, and fortune.
Why Do Fools?
Competition, pride, greed, envy, selfish ambition… the tension that keeps us from wisdom. We can not love if we deceive each other.
The insightful knowledge of what we should do for the love of God and love for others grows our wisdom. With God, our love does not have to become suspicious, manipulative, or deceptive.
Giving our time or materials should not cause sorrow, and if it does, that is a red flag and something to ask God to deliver us.
God holds nothing back from us, so why can’t we let go when God prompts us? Our spiritual growth comes from not getting attached to ideas or possessions.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Isaiah 6:1-7:25, 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, Psalm 54:1-7, Proverbs 23:1-3
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