Text: Proverbs 23:19-21; 23:29-24:2
To not be controlled by appetites
For those seeking and maintaining sobriety
It is hard to talk about virtue in our day. We are a long way off from that point in history that was concerned about moderating behavior in accordance with impartial, natural laws. Now we are more concerned about fulfilling our own sense of self, of being true to our most authentic self, and no rule or law can tell us otherwise.
So maybe this portion of Proverbs, with its warnings against gluttony, mean little to us. After all, we have devised lots of ways to fulfill and answer our appetites—most of them having nothing to do with food or drink! We are not a people used to being told “no,” but it seems we are less able to slake our thirst or satisfy our hungers than ever before.
A prayer book from the time of Shakespeare (The Four Birds of Noah’s Ark), in its devotion on this text, contained the following line:
Preserve us, O God, from falling into this bottomless gulf.
In this time when so much overwhelms us, the wisest course may be simply
…to stop consuming.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks