Words from the Heart for Saturday October 21st, 2017
Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.
Proverbs 15:16 (NLT)
Better a Little
When we are feeling discouraged or anxious about finances, this verse comes to remind us of the true treasure we have when we fear the Lord. “Little” may not feel good nor seem like enough. However, the fear of the Lord can make such a difference. Resist all temptation to throw away the fear of the Lord in order to see the need met. That will only lead to much turmoil. Breaking the rules (like shoplifting) comes with a heavy price.
Cait Flanders is a Canadian minimalist. In 2011 she was financially maxed out and decided to do something about it. In the past six years she has been able to pay off $30,000 of debt, build up a $10,000 emergency fund, save for retirement, travel all over North America, and cut down spending, living on 50% of her income. What has happened? In her words, “The result of this all has been a happier life filled with more time and energy.”
There is a growing minimalist movement in Canada. More people are learning to live with less and finding that their lives are more pleasant and their worries are less. There is a Biblical principle that fits this, but adds the spiritual dimension that so many in our nation are missing. Proverbs 16:8 says “Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.” Today’s minimalists have noticed that an abundance of things doesn’t guarantee peace of heart and mind. In fact, just the opposite is sometimes true – with more things comes more concerns. What too many miss, however, if the second little phrase in our text for today – with fear for the Lord. Over decades of ministry I have met many followers of Jesus who don’t have a lot when it comes to the things of this world, but they have a peace and contentment that can’t be gained from anything that the world has to offer. It is not just living on less that brings contentment. It is trusting Christ that brings contentment. And when we have Him at the centre of our lives, whether we have much or little, we will have peace.
These have been words from the heart.