Proverbs 15: King James Bible
Days of Affliction – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verses 15-16
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. 16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Days of Affliction
The first thing that I would like to point out about the first verse above, is that it is all inclusive. Affliction is included in the package of circumstances, distributed by the Lord at the fall of Adam. We’re all afflicted every day.
Most of us have some sort of means to quench or avoid daily affliction, but take away anything outside of our physical bodies, and we become riddled with all kinds of afflictions. In fact, most of the things we either buy or do, are to avoid some sort of affliction.
I pondered this idea for a little while. So many things that are taken for granted, and hold back so many different afflictions, it’s mind boggling. Just think about the clothes you’re wearing, and try to list how many different afflictions they stave off.
My guess, is that if given some thought, you could easily come up with at least 5 things in the first five minutes. Take away clothes and you’re stuck with:
- lack of protection (cuts and bruises)
And that’s just clothing. The most basic affliction preventive I can think of. Though this all sounds depressing (and it is for some more than others), it is a daily reality that we’re all forced to deal with. Thanks a lot Adam.
But the second half of the verse directs us toward those who have a merry heart. They wind up having a continual feast! How can that be? Well, I think the point is, that if you’re feasting, your mind isn’t set on being hungry or starving, right?
Someone feasting on a plate of food, isn’t suffering from a famine or starvation. They’ll eat till they’re satisfied, having no thought of being without food, at least for that period of time. That makes sense for a meal right? What about a meal that doesn’t end? I’d guess and say, they’d never have that weight, or burden of hunger again.
I said that to say this… All of our days are filled with afflictions, but the Father has created for us, a means of escape. That escape is two fold. First, how to cope and deal with the afflictions, by setting our mind on the things that are above, and our Savior who has caused for us to be seated with him in heavenly places. In him, we have hope, and joy. Isn’t the joy of the Lord our strength?
Second, is when we’ve finished the race. I’ve heard it said by anyone who has been to Heaven and back, that among the first things they notice is the weight that is lifted off of them. The literal weight of this world, and anything else picked up along the way is removed. The afflictions included in the curse are gone in such a fashion that it is noticed immediately.
That is our “real” beginning. That is our blessed hope. In that hope, is our being sealed by the Holy Ghost as a token of the promise of the Lord, for those of us who are saved. Nobody can see the sorrows and afflictions of this world the way saved people can. But, nobody else has as many reasons to be thankful and filled with joy than saved people.
Our God is an awesome God, and there will be a day where we will meet him face to face, and what a day that will be!
Related New Testament Scripture
Galatians 3: King James Bible
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
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.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
James 5: King James Bible
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Revelation 22: King James Bible
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Thank you as always for your Word, and for preserving for us, this wonderful book of Proverbs. So many lessons you’ve given us, and yet so many more to absorb. Open up our understanding, and if we’re at all unclear of what to be thankful for, show us in your way Father, the things be they great or small, that you have taken care of with us unaware. Help us to remain in your joy, and to keep a cheerful heart, so that our feast is continual, till that wonderful day that we are welcomed in to the city of the Most High God! In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Did you realize that the Joy of the Lord will overcome your days of affliction?