Originally posted at http://www.roberlain.wordpress.com – Watching Daily At Wisdom’s Gates
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
The book of Proverbs is full of truisms: statements of things that are generally true. So if you’re righteous, you’ll generally be diligent to provide for yourself and therefore not need to go hungry. This is a general truth: it’s not always the case.
Paul knew what it was to go hungry for the sake of the gospel. This wasn’t just because he fasted, but also because he often found himself in extreme circumstances where he struggled to provide for himself. This doesn’t mean to say he’s any less righteous than a rich man who always over eats.
The truth is, non of us deserves to be well fed, as though we’re entitled to the mercies of God. This doesn’t mean to say we shouldn’t feed to hungry. And it certainly doesn’t mean to say we should means test the poor to see whether they’re worthy of food.
The wicked on the other hand eat and are never satisfied. They could be rich but they always have a craving for more. They have an insatiable appetite which is never grateful for the provision of God. May we be righteous and grateful for all God gives us!
“Lord God, thank you for providing my daily bread. Help me to be righteous through Christ, and please forgive me when I’m greedy and ungrateful. In Jesus’ name, amen”