Proverbs 21:19-20
Verse 19, Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.
Verse 20, The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary expounds on these two verses this way: 19) It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. And verse 20) There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man spendeth it up.

For those of you that don’t know, Pam and I would be celebrating our 54th wedding anniversary on August 23rd. To say that I miss her greatly would be a gross understatement! She was a gentle woman who loved the Lord with all her heart and strength. She was a tremendous helpmate and a great sounding board for my thoughts and hairbrained ideas! That being said, I was blessed to have a wife that was not only easy to live with, but one that kept me in check without ever a contentious moment or ever nagging me into submission. She was truly a blessing and a joy to live with. I thank the Lord for having blessed me with Pam as my wife! I look forward to seeing her again!

Now, to deal with verse 20. There are many kinds of treasures that we can store up in our homes. Treasures like food and precious oils, gold and silver, etc. But to me, the greatest treasure we can possess is a home full of God’s love in us, for us, and through us. A love that surpasses all understanding. A love that both confounds us and blesses us. A love we do not deserve, but a love that we all truly desire. ‘God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!’

by Paul Kightlinger, Vice Chairman of the Elder Board

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