Proverbs 14:14 – A lesson in contentment

backsliderProverbs 14:14 presents us with a contrast between two men—a backslider and a good man.

Proverbs 14:14“The backslider [apostate, one who turns away from God] in heart [mind; understanding] shall be filled with [have enough; be weary of] his own ways [course of life, journey]: and a good [right; pleasant] man shall be satisfied [with the fruit] from himself.”

The backslider began his journey from God when he entertained the thought that something more could fill his heart.  Like the prodigal son who left his father’s house and wasted his inheritance only to come to want, the backslider has strayed from God and finds nothing but weariness of soul.

A “good man”, a man pleasing to God, is wonderfully blessed for he is satisfied!  What a wonderful state of heart, mind and soul!Contentment

1 Timothy 6:6-8 – “But godliness with contentment is great gain.7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

As the old Gospel song says, “Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One; Count Your Blessings, See What God Hath Done!”

Copyright 2014 – Travis D. Smith