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A Good Man

The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfiedfrom above. Prov. 14:14 (NKJV)

What do you think of when you hear the word, “Satisfied?”  Does your mind immediately relate to something, some place, or someone?  The word, “Satisfied,” simply means a need has been met, or contentment has been achieved.  It is often associated with being happy, pleased, or fulfilled.  

Have you ever pondered how much effort you place into being satisfied?  We might not consciously think about it, but all of us tend to strive to achieve contentment, as this is the natural tendency of our flesh.  We might try to find contentment in food, in drink, in hobbies, in work, in cars, in exercise, in relationships, or any number of things.  And most of these things can be healthy when they are placed in a proper priority, but we should never make any of them the basis of our contentment.  

I think this is what Paul was referring to when he wrote to Timothy, saying, And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content”(1Tim. 6:8).  Truth is, when we attempt to find our contentment in the things of this world we can find our focus shifting from the things of God, back to those things our flesh desires—many of which were once strongholds in our life—ones potentially leading to backsliding in our Christian walk.  Perhaps this is what the writer of Proverbs 14:14 had in mind when he wrote, “The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfiedfrom above.”

This is not to say that everyone who is trying to become content in the things of this world is a backslider, but when we choose to try to find our contentment in these things, it definitely can lead to our walking away from the fellowship of other believers, our attendance at church, and even our desire to sit down and prayerfully study God’s Word.  

So what exactly does Proverbs 14:14 mean when it says, “A good man will be satisfied from above?”

Simply put—

·     A good man will be satisfied from above, because he will have his heart right with God.

·     He will be satisfied, because his mind will be fixed upon God and His word.  As a result his tongue will match up to his heart, and his actions will match up to both his heart and tongue.  

·     A good man will be content with what God allows to come his way, because he knows God is on the throne and in control—he knows He will use everything for good, even if he himself doesn’t understand how. 

·     A good man will be content, because he will have the Spirit of God in his conscience, and the testimony of God within his bible—both testifying that he belongs to God and the family of believers.  

You can find temporary contentment in the things of this world, but this type of contentment will never last—you will find you want more.  Only God can provide true lasting contentment.  I want to encourage you today to think about whether you are attempting to be content in your own ways, or you are being satisfied (Content) from above? 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 14:14, what can we learn with regards to our being satisfied?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being satisfied from above, or are you being deceived to attempt to find it in other things?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord each morning and make time to start your day by reading His Word.  Talk to Him throughout the day, and choose to be content in whatever He allows you to face — knowing He is in control and has a perfect plan.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for every provision You have graciously given me. Thank You for every ability I have, and the opportunities to use these abilities as well.  Help me to see all the things I have been given abundantly, and to realize my true lasting contentment can only be found in you.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




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