Proverbs 15:15 15 All the days of the poor are hard, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
This is a wonderful verse that could be more clearly translated into English. The “poor” in this verse are not necessarily those who struggle with low financial resources. Other translations use the word “oppressed” or “afflicted” or “needy”. In other words, they’re going through “hard” times.
To the contrary are those who have a “cheerful heart”. The idea is that the circumstances of adversity may still be present, but there is something different about this person on the inside. Rather than being bitter or weighed down by their hardships or “lack”, they live as if life is a continual feast. They are satisfied or content no matter what!
In other places in scripture this state of being is referred to as the “joy of the Lord”. I want to be like this! I want to have peace and contentment even when external circumstances are difficult.
I’m not there yet, but one day!
Oh Lord, today we pray for those in the midst of difficulty. I pray especially for my dear friend and sister in Christ named Judy whose husband passed away yesterday afternoon. Minister to her and all those in the midst of heartbreak and struggle. Give us grace to feast on the inside, even when there is hardship on the outside. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.