Proverbs 21: King James Bible
I Love It – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 17
17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – I Love It
Ever notice how the word “love” is being thrown around these days? If you really start paying attention to how many different times a day you’ll hear it or see it used on things that have nothing to do with either your family, the Lord, or otherwise normal kinds of things that you’d associate the emotion with, your head would start spinning.
The most recent thing I heard it used in, was in a commercial, telling me if I didn’t love their product, then I can return it. When you hear the several different ways that this term is being used, it might provoke a question…
What does the Lord think about us tossing the word love around to describe our feelings toward things as random as a set of knives? I think if we look through the scriptures, we’d find that the Lord takes what we place love toward very seriously. I’d venture to say, much more seriously than we do.
In the verse above, we can see this in action. When the Lord says love (using it twice might I add) in the verse, he in all actuality means love; Nothing less. Some people like to take this verse and run with it, not understanding the difference between loving something, and enjoying something.
Are there any among us, who doesn’t enjoy things that bring us some form of pleasure? Tons of saved people who truly love the Father, enjoy all kinds of different things that give them pleasure, and they’re well to do.
When we love something, it has a tendency to take priority over other things. Just as when we love our spouse and kids, we place them over others by default, don’t we? Many of us would die for our families, and many people throughout time have.
Would you die for your pillow, because it’s the most comfortable pillow you’ve ever used? Would you die for your favorite meal? Would you either die or forsake all, because of a new Iphone you’ve been waiting for?
It’s no accident, that we find our vocabulary being cheapened, and words such as love have become commonplace, even to describe how much we like doing something. Do you think that maybe this might be cheapening our view on what it is to love in the first place?
If I heard someone tell me that they love the Lord, then later say that they love their car, by default, my thinking isn’t how high they have lifted their car, but instead, how much less revered the Lord is in their eyes. I’m not saying that would be the case, but it would certainly sound that way.
Personally, the Lord worked with me on this years back, and you’ll not hear me say that I “love” anything save the Lord and my family, or my neighbor as myself. That’s about it. But this took time and re-training the brain, to recognize what is coming out of my mouth.
When we make a confession, such as, “I love my new toaster,” maybe we should try to understand it as a “confession,” rather than a mundane statement. In this generation, everything seems to be game concerning what we confess. Well, at least to everyone but the Lord, who is going to hold us accountable for EVERY WORD that comes out of our mouths.
I’ve said all of that to say this…
When we give the word “love” the weight it deserves, it makes clear what the Lord is telling us above. When we place pleasures above all else, it just might be, that we’re placing it even above what pays the bills, causing for us to fall into a place where we may not otherwise be financially.
This is also true spiritually. It is totally possible to be spiritually bankrupt, when we love anything in this world more than we love the Father. This doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy whatever we happen to enjoy, but when these things take precedence and begin to slide from the “enjoy” to the “love” category, there may be an issue that needs to be tended to.
Related New Testament Scripture
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Thank you for your Word, and the love that you displayed toward us, sending your only begotten Son Christ Jesus to the cross, to suffer the punishment for our sins, in our stead. Forgive us for so glibly tossing around things that you hold so dear, and change us all Lord to see things as you do, re-concentrating what the world has watered down, even the words that we speak, and their meaning to you. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you say “I love it” over random things, without remembering that we might just be making a confession?