Bridges on Proverbs 17:1
 
Charles Bridges on Proverbs 17:1
 
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1.  Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
 
THE allusion is to the Jewish ordinance of feasting at home upon the remains of the sacrifices.† A house full of sacrifices was therefore a house of plentiful provision. Yet when the spirit of love does not rule, self predominates, the fruitful source of strife and confusion. Well may the Christian be content with his dry and quiet morsel, to be delivered from such jarrings. ‘Holy love, found in a cottage,’† is better than the most luxurious feast in the palaces of strife. (Chapter 15:17.) The happiness is not adding to our condition, but straitening our desires, and proportioning them to our condition. The secret dew of the Lord’s blessing brings the rich gain of godly quietness (1 Timothy 6:6) and contentment, and provides a satisfied meal, and a well-furnished house in the poorest dwelling.
The marriage-feast perhaps was comparatively a dry morsel. Yet was this a feast of love better than the Pharisee’s house, full of sacrifices with strife.† Would we then enjoy our temporal mercies? Welcome the Savior to them. Cherish his Spirit. Eye his glory in their enjoyment. The scanty fare or the more abundant store will be alike blessed with the token of his presence, and the seal of his everlasting love.
Ponder every thought that may quiet to contentment. If you have not so many comforts as you had, or as you might have, or as others less deserving enjoy; yet have you not far more than you deserve? Might not a larger abundance have tempted you to forget God, and to live for the world? Will not the remembrance of the earthly lot which thy Savior chose, turn every thought of discontent into the adoring rapture of thankfulness and love? Such is the “great gain of godliness with contentment.”