The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
But the stomach of the wicked is in want.
Every time I hear about, or think about starting that practice of reading a chapter from the book of Proverbs each day, it is in the middle of the month and I tell myself, “Maybe next month.” But I always forget to start. So on Tuesday I decided to begin, even though it wasn’t the first of a month. I started on Chapter 13.
Now if you’ve been with me any length of time, you know that I’ve been on a journey to honor God with my eating for a long time – sadly, not always consistently. And so I thought it was interesting that the verse above was the one that closed out the chapter.
After 24 verses contrasting the righteous with the wicked and foolish, it ends with a verse about eating. What a coincidence… Not!
God is so faithful to keep drawing my attention back to the things He is trying to teach me. Sometimes I think I have spiritual ADHD. If so, His Word is better than any Ritalin!
As I poked around in that verse, I saw the first part has an alternate translation:
The righteous eats to the satisfaction of his soul
And I love that. Not that the righteous person eats until his soul is satisfied, or that eating itself satisfies his soul, but that one way his righteousness is displayed is that as his eating glorifies God, his soul is satisfied.
And in that we see the premise of “Made to Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst demonstrated. When I try to satisfy my soul with food, I will always crave more. Food cannot satisfy my soul. And when I try to satisfy my soul with food, I am wicked – guilty at least of idolatry, and probably rebellion and pride, too.
Satisfy my soul with Yourself, O God. Feed me with the Bread of Life and quench my thirst with the Living Water. Grant that my heart would not feel deprived but satisfied with boundaries placed on my eating for my good. Help me turn to You and not to food when I am lonely or sad or anxious, so that the testimony of my life also is that I eat to the satisfaction of my soul.