#5757 – Content with Little

Good morning people who measure according to what is important to God.

Proverbs 14:11 MEV The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish.

I love how God’s Word can speak to us on multiple levels. God can speak to the crowd and to the individual similataneously. God can speak one truth to one person, while at the same time, speaking a different truth to another. Our God is very good at multi-tasking!

Today, I see something very insightful in this verse, and it is found in the words house and tent.

As I read this verse, I’m drawn to the reality that a house is normally larger than a tent, and a house is more permanent than a tent. For most, a house is better than a tent.

And that got me thinking. Isn’t it true that often we can feel that things seem to go better for some who don’t know Christ, while it can be a struggle for many who do. It can also appear that some wicked people are “flourishing”, while many believers are more familiar with less.

Paul himself talked about the times when he was well-fed, but also times when he was hungry. He talked about seasons of having plenty, but also of being in lack. Maybe you relate to Paul’s confession. But this same Paul said that he had learnt the secret of being content in any and in every season.

How could he do this?

Because Paul absolutely knew that this life is but a vapour and a mist; it is fleeting and it is passing. Therefore, it’s not about the size of what we have here and now, but rather, it is about what we are living for and building for.

Sure, the house of the wicked might look flashy while you are living in a tent, but their house will be overthrown. Your tent will flourish as you set your heart to live according to the righteousness of God! You win!