Proverbs 23: King James Bible
Consider Diligently – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verse 1-3
1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Consider Diligently
There are so many different things that we could discuss concerning these three verses. We’re given good immediate common sense in a face value sort of way on one hand. But on the other hand, there are many different situations where this could be analogous.
Here in this devotional, we’re going to concentrate on what these verses revolve around, which would be the first piece of instruction given by the Father. We’re being told to consider diligently what is before us.
I think that sliver of wisdom is fitting for just about everything, not just the pieces of scripture above. We can draw a few things out of this using the food analogy as above, in whatever context that would make sense for us today.
Like eating in front of your boss, or for the first time in front of your inlaws. Wherever it is of importance that you make a good impression.
What if you don’t diligently consider what’s on the plate in front of you? Well, you could eat something that might not be any good (cut into chicken that’s cooked on the outside, raw in the middle), or something that you can’t stand in the first place.
Never be stuck in the position of eating anything you’ll be forced to spit out at the dinner table. It’s easy to see the impression that would make; taking a bite out of something in the presence of someone you’re trying to put your best foot forward with, and spitting it out.
Unfortunately an action like that leaves a lasting impression that wouldn’t be easy to overcome in the mind of anyone watching. That is one major point we can extract from all of the verses above. What do others see when we are filling an appetite no matter what it is?
The Word above says to actually stick a knife to your throat if you’re given to appetite during this situation. Why would that be? Well, because if you’re shovelling in food like you’ve never eaten before, making a slob out of yourself, that tends to stick with people too. In effect, you’ve just given someone reason to think ill of you justifiably.
Someone might instantly say, “Aren’t we instructed to not to be a respecter of persons?” This is something that is misunderstood I believe.
Not being a respecter of persons, is how we are instructed to treat others. In other words, maintain a high level of respect for the rich and the poor alike. But to use that instruction in order to treat everyone like dirt equally is wrong, and has nothing to do with our personal behaviors that shape how we are perceived.
The only bad impressions the Lord would think is okay, are those you give to the wicked, by way of your righteousness with the Father. We’re actually rewarded and honored by the Father when men think ill of us because of our relationship with him.
But when we do anything carelessly, or without taking a second to consider diligently what we’re about to either say or do, we’re rewarded with what it deserves. Eat like a glutton, you’ll be known as a glutton.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 10: King James Bible
26 For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. 27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
28 But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: 29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?
30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Hebrews 10: King James Bible
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Thank you for all that you’ve given and done on our behalf. Help us to be good stewards of everything you’ve given us, and to be sound ambassadors of Christ Jesus as is possible, through your power and your Spirit. Stir into our remembrance to consider diligently all things that are placed before us, and guide us to make just and wise decisions, all that we may live and serve you with more clarity. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you consider diligently everything that winds up being placed before you?