“Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it” (v16). While the proverbs encourage us to work hard, it is clear that the source of happiness is the condition of our hearts. Being in right relationship with God is worth more than “great treasure,” and “better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it” (v17). A home filled with anger or a heart that ignores God will lead to despair, no matter our income or possessions.
“The cheerful of heart has a continual feast” (v15). No matter what we have or don’t have, we can genuinely enjoy life when our hearts are at peace with God.