Proverbs 17:1, “Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.”
Which one of us would not give out a hearty AMEN to this passage? Family love and peace brings comfort to the heart; but when there is conflict and strife, the heart is heavy and the mind is troubled.
A home that is filled with unity is a home that each of us would like to retreat to as our days or weekends come to a close. Even if the day or week we lived through was a struggle with our job, school or community encounters; coming home to a house with peace is bountiful nourishment we can find for our weariness. Even though there may not be enough food on the table, peace and quietness in the home will bring great satisfaction especially in times of financial and personal struggle.
When God’s love is expressed between family members there is satisfaction. The world cannot offer us a place of refuge as our family can; and there can be no worse place to be than in a house of contentious members.
The homes that have contention, that are filled with self, and are set on edge with personal whims, though they have plenty, have nothing. They cannot expect the blessing of God upon them and what they have if they do not have love for one another.
I love how the Living Bible translates Proverbs 15:16-17 and goes so well with today’s study; it says, “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.
Matthew Henry said in his commentaries, “Love will sweeten a dry morsel, but strife will sour and embitter a house full of sacrifices.”
Prayer: Father, our prayer today is that strife will not be allowed in the homes of your people. We pray that jealousy, self, and the edge of the world will not take foot in our homes. Help us to keep aware of the peace that so easily is offended and help us to keep that peace at all costs. LORD, give us your wisdom to hold peace in our homes, hearts and daily living. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen
Connie Renfro ©