Proverbs 12: King James Bible
Be Satisfied – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verses 11-14
11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding. 12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. 14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Be Satisfied
There is nothing that we’ll ever find on the face of this earth, that will ever truly satisfy us for any real amount of time. Sure, we can be gratified for awhile, but it’s only a matter of time, till we’re looking for something else to bring us some sort of satisfaction.
For example, say you’re able to buy a new car. You’re all excited for a while, then as the newness begins to wear away, your eye starts gravitating toward other cars. Then after awhile, you start saying to yourself,”I think it’s time to get a new car.”
Satisfaction, as is provided by the world, is just as fleeting as anything else it has to offer, such as riches, stuff, or anything else that’s been set up to gratify the flesh. Drugs, alcohol, or any other addiction can be thrown into that category as well.
The Lord gives us a few examples to go by, in order to achieve a satisfaction that is longer lasting, honest, legal, and sure. Let’s take a look…
He that tilleth the land will be satisfied with bread. Do the work diligently, and you’ll receive the fruit of your labor. One way or the other, you will. Why? Because that is the Lord’s Word, and he will fulfill his Word.
Be just in word and deed. You’ll not just avoid unwanted or unnecessary issues in your life to deal with, but you’ll also be rewarded for being so, and shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of your mouth. You’ll still have to deal with the bad that comes your way, but it won’t be because of anything that you did or failed to say or do.
But on the other hand…
People that do things for the sake of vanity, and strive to be like all the wrong people (anyone who’s name doesn’t start with Jesus and end with Christ), will be influenced in a way that will cause for them to stumble. They’ll search out all the wrong places for satisfaction, and always fall short of anything real. And they’ll not understand why that is.
The words that they speak are as curses upon their own heads, and when these curses begin to manifest, they’ll lack any understanding as to why. Being blinded to the truth of Christ, they continue down whichever avenue they feel will give them satisfaction. But the end is never as they’d want it to be.
The last half of the last verse above, is a beautiful way to say, that we reap what we sow. And if nothing is sown, nothing is reaped. If we don’t put our hand to the plow, the field will not be plowed. If we sow in righteousness, we’ll receive the same. Should we sow wickedness, it’s grow and we’ll be forced to eat it. Not pleasant.
Therefore, sow what is good in the sight of the Father, and hold him to his Word. He doesn’t fail.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 12: King James Bible
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Mark 7: King James Bible
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
2 Corinthians 9: King James Bible
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Galatians 6: King James Bible
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Thank you for all of your good promises, and for all of your Word. Teach us Father, no matter the circumstances, no matter our moods, no matter our frame of mind; that we continuously sow what is good and just into our lives, and in the lives of others. Help us to do all that you’d have us to do, to be satisfied in what you’ve given, and help us to prosper in all of these things, as we look daily toward you for all things. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you feel like the world has robbed you of how it feels to be satisfied?