We are in Ch. 15 of Proverbs. Solomon's advice for today is focused on our language, our tempers, and our priorities. The key verse for today is v 16: "Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it."
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves the one who pursues righteousness. There is severe discipline for one who forsakes the way, but one who hates a rebuke will die. Scoffers do not like to be rebuked; they will not go to the wise. A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. All the days of the poor are hard, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast. Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it. Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it. (Prov. 15:8-17)
What verse speaks most to you today? One thing I enjoy about the Proverbs - one verse will speak most to you today and if you read the same verses a few days later your focus will be drawn to one who skimmed over previously. If you don't believe me, try it sometime!
Meditation: Where does your happiness in life come from? In words from thousands of years ago, Solomon reminds us that it doesn't come from fine meals or treasure or anything else we find around us. It comes from the heart and from the peace we gain from pursuing the life God calls us to live. How can you make this even more true in your life than it is right now? One final takeaway: God wants us to be happy!