October 15, 2013 by *Onyi*
When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
Consider carefully what is before you;
2 And put a knife to your throat
If you are a man given to appetite.
3 Do not desire his delicacies,
For they are deceptive food. (New King James Version)
Who is a ruler?
A ruler can be someone in authority , someone who has authority over us, someone with a lot of power. A ruler can also be someone who has a lot of something and has it in his/her power to give us that thing.
Now, how do you behave if you are given free reign to do as you will and take what you will from a ruler? Do we hurry in and gather as much as we can without asking questions? Do we think me! me ! and finally this is our chance to one up this person Or do we ask God for guidance?
There are so many traps laid out there and if one isn’t careful, one can fall into it. Some of the traps that we do not take into consideration involve gluttony, selfishness and discontent.
Now, if you are invited to eat by a person in authority. Eat at home, find out about this person, make sure that this person’s life is one that you will agree with because if it isn’t, your enjoying his or her meal is accepting what he or she does and then go ahead and eat carefully. Even if the person is a good person, by allowing gluttony in and eating the table sheet off his table, you aren’t painting a positive picture of yourself and your God. Moreover, it shows your own selfishness because you aren’t asking the what question? You know like what will this host have after I’ve eaten him/her out of his home.
So, when you get to a person’s home- do not become gluttonous, just eat enough, don’t try to have as many delicacies as you can, be wise. Or alternatively, you can bring those delicacies along and you can taste it together.
But, what should you do if a bad person in authority invites you to eat? Well, apply wisdom, just eat enough that you can leave with a clear conscience and always have your wit about you.
Prayer: Ask God to give wisdom when dealing with people in power. Ask God to help us if we are gluttonous and to understand that often things might have some double agenda attached to it. Pray that our greed, does not lead us to temptation.
- Is gluttony a sin? What does the Bible say about overeating? (altruistico.wordpress.com)
- All Kinds of Gluttons (thechristianpundit.org)
- Crossword: Proverbs & Sayings (1) (englishblog.com)
- Why the Church Doesn’t Preach on Gluttony (blackchristiannews.com)
- Gluttony – it’s not just overeating (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
- Proverbs 23 – Who Has Woe? (graceofourlord.com)