Monday, February 4, 2013

Musing on Proverbs 19:23


Today's meditation and musing comes from Proverbs 19:23. Here it is in a few other versions.

"The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble." NIV

"The fear of the Lord leads to life,
 and whoever has it rests satisfied;
 he will not be visited by harm." ESV (English Standard Version)

"The fear of the Lord leads to life,
And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;
He will not be visited with evil." NKJV


We'll unpack this interesting scripture on Wednesday. The key question: If we will not be visited with evil or harm, then why does evil and harm happen to us? Hmmm…. Yep, there is an answer and we'll discover it in our study.

Musing/Meditation prompts:  Reflect and ask yourself what fearing the Lord means to you? How can this lead to life? If I feared (had a deep awesome, revering respect) the Lord how would my life look differently? Contentment to me is….? How does my version of contentment line up with what scriptures says about contentment? Remember when God satisfied you during evil and/or frightening times. Give Him praise for those occasions.

What does the perfect restful 
day look like to you?

Here's mine: I would sleep in (you know till like 8:30 lol) and my back wouldn't hurt from being in the bed too long. Coffee would already be brewed. I'd spend some time in my Bible and chatting with the Lord then  my husband would fix a big calorie-killer breakfast. Yes, it would involve bacon. The house would be dust and clutter free. Candles lit. I'd read on my hammock (since the day would be a perfect 70 degrees with sunshine and a light breeze). Take a nap if I wanted. Write. No fussing or questions from children. My dog wouldn't have fleas or poop on my tile. And the Lord would be so close I could breathe Him in. Then I'd take a hot bath, put on fresh PJs, climb in bed and read the Word before going to bed. Perfect restful day!

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18 comments:

  1. Any day with bacon is a good day;)

    Mine would just involve quiet. No questions or demands. Just a few books, a soft chair or hammock, maybe a water view (lake or ocean, I'm not picky) and just warm enough to sit outside without sweating.

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  2. I'd probably find some way to write while on a boat.

    And fear--fearing the Lord, that's always been a hard one for me to grasp. I automatically change the word to respect in my head. Much to learn on this one.
    ~ Wendy

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  3. Your day sounds so perfect, I'd have to say ditto. Although, when I'm laying in my hammock, it would be down by the river...ahh...I can't wait for summer. Thank you for this mini-vacation. :)

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  4. Sounds like a great day to me!!!
    Wonderful verse.

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  5. Okay, I love that verse in like every version. My perfect day would include sleeping in, coffee, quiet time, family, swimming at some amazing beach, laying out in the sun and reading, maybe a big shindig-type party in the evening or something...a great dress...and it would just stay that day for a looong time. :)

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  6. I'm with Melissa - EVERY version is poignant! I'm still chewing on it ...

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  7. A perfect restful day would be poolside or on the beach in a comfy cozy chair, sleeping in the sun, with no kids yelling in my ear. LOL

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  8. Jess, I love that scripture! And your perfect restful day sounds wonderful!

    I guess my perfect restful day would be: Rise early, drink a tall, hot Starbucks and eat a fattening pumpkin spice scone, write with no time/family constraints for several hours, walk the beach (if we lived near one), dine on crab cakes and pink salmon, watch a chick flick or two, and maybe work in a nap. If there was time! LOL!

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  9. I pinned the photo to my Pinterest board -- the one titled "The Word."
    Thank you for this, Jess.

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  10. My perfect day would involve packing five suitcases for a 14-day Caribbean cruise. (Not that this will ever happen...but we're daydreaming, right?) I love the anticipation of something long waited for! :)

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  11. Love your perfect day. Sounds heavenly!

    Mine would be to be back at Sanibel on the beach. Mid eighties, and great shelling tides. I did a lot of prayer and worship there. I felt him close.

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  12. I agree with Melissa and Jaime - this verse doesn't miss a beat no matter which version. My perfect day would involve, in no particular order mind you, chocolate, strolling, sleeping in, no electronics, star gazing, camping out and journaling about a specific Bible verse, chocolate, more strolling...you get the idea. :)

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  13. A restful day would start with a big breakfast, watching news programs, followed by a leisurely trip to a museum and then a late lunch. I'd spend the evening reading and spending time with my husband.

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  14. Mmm, love this verse!! I've actually been thinking a lot lately about how to add more rest into my life. Taking Sundays off from writing and doing anything work-related has helped a lot. :)

    My perfect day? I'll echo what you said, but add in several hours of watching movies with my hubby and eating pizza. ;)

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  15. Waking up at 8-9 a.m. to a quiet, clean house (no distractions!) and a good cup of coffee...reading some and spending a couple of hours catching up on my DVR. Never once would I change out of my PJs!

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  16. A restful day for me is more mental than tangible. It's any day without heavy conflict or sickness. It's cherished time with my kids and a quiet spirit - no anxiousness or worry. It's a state of mind, I guess. :)
    Of course, I certainly won't give up a day of leisurely reading. :)

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  17. Oh goodness...sleeping until 9 am, smoothie for breakfast, crafting something...painting, calligraphy...order pizza, watch a movie, take a nap, read a book, then surf the net without guilt. ;)

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  18. Your perfect day sounds wonderful and close to what mine would be without the writing. Since I'm disabled my days do actually look a lot like this, LOL. Great verse and looking forward to the Wednesday post. Hugs and blessings, Susan Fryman

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