Proverbs 19: King James Bible
Abide Satisfied – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verse 23
23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Abide Satisfied
Thus far through these devotionals, we have covered several different avenues relating to the fear of the Lord. Above, we see yet another benefit to having a genuine sense of awe and respect of our Heavenly Father.
As a sum of of previous posts on the matter, We’ve discovered that the Fear of the Lord:
- Is the beginning of knowledge (Fear of the Lord)
- Is ignored by those who hate real knowledge
- Takes wisdom to fully understand (Knowledge of God)
- Is a key to departing from evil (Know it all)
- Is to actually hate all of the different things that we can discover the Lord himself hates (Hate what is Evil)
- Is the beginning of wisdom (The Beginning of Wisdom)
- Will prolong our days (Righteous and the Wicked)
- The cause for us walking upright (Friends with the World)
- Gives us strong confidence (Fountain of Life)
- Is a fountain of life
- Is the instruction of wisdom (Instruction of Wisdom)
Here, we can add that the fear of the Lord is physically doing something for us. It is tending to our lives.
When I think of this, right away my mind ventures to a man tending to his garden, or someone tending to get something done. Definition via Dictionary.com
verb (used without object)
1. to be disposed or inclined in action, operation, or effect to do something:
The particles tend to unite.
2. to be disposed toward an idea, emotion, way of thinking, etc.:
He tends to be overly optimistic. Her religious philosophy tends toward pantheism.
3. to lead or conduce, as to some result or resulting condition: measures tending to improved working conditions; Governments are tending toward democracy.
4. to be inclined to or have a tendency toward a particular quality, state, or degree: This wine tends toward the sweet side.
5. (of a journey, course, road, etc.) to lead or be directed in a particular direction (usually followed by to, toward, etc.): a path tending toward the beach.
Back to a gardener scenario…
When you think of the amount of care, effort, time, and attention a garden requires, that’s how (in a way) I see the Lord tending to our lives, while we walk it out in fear and reverence of the Father. Pulling out grown weeds, as well with some new ones; watering when necessary; fertilizing at the appropriate time, then to reap when the crop is ripe for the picking.
In this we can rest satisfied, that the fear of the Lord causes us to remember who he is, what he’s promised, and where we’re going. He will always carefully tend to us as that gardener would tend to his planted seed. Nurturing and insuring all requirements are met for a successful outcome. People may differ as to what that successful outcome is, but my opinion is the end result, as we pass from death to life should the Lord tarry.
One day we will be like Jesus, right where he is, and there is no evil that can stand in the presence of our Lord. We will abide satisfied in his presence, while dawning a renewed body. It won’t get sick, it won’t die, and it won’t be visited by evil. If that’s not reason to lift up praise to the Lord, then what is?
Related New Testament Scripture
2 Corinthians 4: King James Bible
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 7: King James Bible
1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Ephesians 1: King James Bible
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Revelation 15: King James Bible
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Thank you for all of the work that you do around us all the time. Forgive us Father, for neglecting to notice your care, and taking for granted all of the little things that that you do, that go by thanklessly. We fear and revere you Lord, for all that you are, all that you’ve done, and the great lengths you personally sacrificed, in order for us to be saved, and to be your children. Again we thank you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed how short lived it is, whenever we attempt to abide satisfied while being here in this world?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs P. 3- Fear of the Lord
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 14 P.177 – Fountain of Life
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 15 P. 207 – Instruction of Wisdom
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 9 P.89 – The Beginning of Wisdom
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 7 P.61 – Protection of Wisdom