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“Better is a dry morsel with quietness . . ."

  Proverbs 17:1

 

 

   
More is not always better. Having less with peace is preferable to having more with contention. “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.” A scanty meal in the presence of humble, loving people is to be chosen over a feast of dainties where pride and conceit hold sway. The “dry morsel” may indeed describe one's food, but it may stand for other characteristics in the life of the poor, such as substandard housing, a beat-up automobile, or thread-bare furniture. The best of meals and the enjoyment of all earth's luxuries may be spoiled by the workings of the sinful nature in people-- in their attitudes, speech, gestures, and behavior. We must beware of thinking that people who possess wealth must be very happy. Wealth tends to foster a spirit of self-importance, superiority, conceit, and impatience of correction or contradiction. It is not very pleasant to eat or live in such an
atmosphere. It is far more pleasant to endure simple fare than bad company. Indeed, we ourselves may be the bad company! It is better to have a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with
strife. The lesson to be learned here is not that poverty is always peaceful and that wealth is always contentious. It would also be true to say, “Better is a house full of feasting with quietness, than a dry
morsel with strife.” Those who are poor are not necessarily peaceful. They, too, are sinful and may be full of anger, impatience, ill-will, and envy. Rather, this verse warns us that covetousness, the desire to
have more and better things, does not necessarily lead to happiness. It teaches that our sinful hearts can ruin God's great gifts to us by puffing us up and making us hard to live with. It is not riches, but
holiness, which is better. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Covetousness is a form of idolatry.
   

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