Read the Play


Have you noticed the beguiling nature of things we cannot likely grasp coupled with the deceptions of those who want to look successful or noble?  Read the play.  These scenarios are snares to trip us on life’s path, while the better way is the pursuit of a humble life…

1 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well what is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies,
for that food is deceptive.

4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
do not crave his delicacies;
7 for he is the kind of person
who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments.
Proverbs 23:1-8

There is a theme here in these vignettes.  I think it might be read the play.  That’s what coaches want their players to do.  Read the play.  And then move based on what you read from the play.

When you dine with a ruler, be cautious with your indulgences.  There is a deception there, either coming from the inaccessibility of his delicacies or from the debt you might owe such a person once you have enjoyed the narcotic effect of their extravagances.

Similarly, don’t wear yourself out to get rich.  The value of your fortune is often not as strong as how fleeting they are.  We might bank on our cleverness and effort, only to find that we were over-committed to ventures which under-deliver.  And note, wearing yourself out is exactly where you will be.  Read the play.  The loss in this case is your life and your freedom.

And when you are welcomed by a begrudging host, read the play and realize that the genuine offer is less genuine that you think.  He is secretly focused on the cost of his generosity, and likely judging you for how frivolous you are being with his wealth.  He doesn’t mean what he says.

What is evident on the surface in these situations is not consistent with what is underneath.  I know I have been sucked into these things at times in my life.  The baubles are shiny at the time, and then we see they are one-sided or shattered behind the sheen.  Why do we get sucked into these pursuits?  Isn’t it the world and its ways?

Isn’t it the beguiling nature of things we cannot likely grasp coupled with the deceptions of those who want to look successful or noble?  The simplicity of life lived in humility and in recognition of God’s oversight of our lives towers over these vanities.

Read the play…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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