Don’t Feed an Appetite for Gratification

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Proverbs 23:1-2 Dissected & Defined

“When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat if thou be a man given to appetite.”

Dissected & Defined

  A ruler is a leader. To consider is to fix the mind on. An appetite is a passion that requests gratification.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase:

Here we see another verse that discusses our thoughts and actions when interacting with those in authority over us. Solomon is using the analogy of dining with a leader to express his “underlying meaning” of remaining content with present positions. 

As a leader, I look to advance people that have drive and enthusiasm.  However, I tend to avoid people that have agendas. These are people that have a strong hunger or appetite that must be gratified. Therefore I call it a selfish drive to thrive. 

Solomon indicates this makes a person unbearable to his leadership.  It’s not a born weakness, but rather an acquired trait.  It has been cultivated through gratification of passions—the feeding of unhealthy appetites. 

Appetites strengthen when they are fed and they weaken when starved. I remember the first time I was invited into my former employer’s office. My, oh my, did I feel important! It was such a great feeling and it created an appetite to “get in there” more often. I wanted to be noticed and utilized in an effective way. There is nothing wrong with that. However, if I would have fed that appetite to “get back in there” at all costs, I would have become too aggressive and driven him away from me. Rather, the Lord gave me the wisdom with Mr. Arnold and with my pastor (whose attention I coveted), to find their problems, fix them, and wait for my invitation to return.

This led to a greater degree of satisfaction from my leadership and a more disciplined appetite in my followship. As a result, I improved their productivity and they improved my accessibility. To this day, both remain my mentors in life. 

The underlying meaning?  Your hunger can hound you and  hurt your “helping” size.

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