“[He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.”
Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant
than pretend to be somebody and have no food. – NIV
Nobody Has a Servant!
This proverb had me musing for a while. Not many people I know have servants these days, even the well known ones. But digging a bit deeper and flicking across the translations we find a few varieties. The essence remains the same, and ends up sounding a bit like “count your blessings.”
What do You Have?
When Moses first got acquainted with God it’s safe to say old Mo’ was a bit insecure. God reminds him of a few things and then asks Moses what he has in his hand. Moses looks and sees his staff. Nothing special there he thinks, after all it’s just a tool I use everyday. But maybe that’s the point?
We think so much about what we don’t have, about the ways we could be blessed, that we miss the obvious – the ways we have already been blessed.
And then we fall into the trap revealed in the second part of the proverb – we start to pretend. Pretend we are more than we are, we have more than we are, we like what we don’t, we value what we despise, but yet what we actually have is nothing.
Lord, help us to look not to what we don’t have, but instead to the things You have already given us, and in doing so give glory and gratitude to You.