A recurring theme in the Proverbs is the blessing of giving to those who are in need. God looks out for the poor, and He notices those of us who do so also. In fact, God says if you give to the poor, you are actually lending to Him. He is their provider and He will repay you for assisting Him in their provision.
It’s an indescribably good feeling that you receive inside when you are generous or do a good deed. We should do it more often.
READ: Pr. 21,22
Prudence: Careful or wise in handling practical matters; frugal; sensible.
A prudent wife is one of God’s greatest gifts to a man and a family. She is wired to make sure her family has what it needs to live. She almost always puts the needs of the ones she loves ahead of her own interests.
When a man finds her, she is like a gem in the middle of his path. He quickly realizes that he can’t live without her. It then becomes his job to take very good care of her.
READ: Pr. 19,20
“The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam, so stop it before it bursts.”
Ever notice how some people always LOVE to argue? They seem to thrive on debate, and they think they are always right. Then you notice that they have no friends. No one wants to be around them.
“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” [2 Tim. 2:24-26]
READ: Pr. 17,18
Life is a journey that follows a path. We chose which path we will follow.
The author of Proverbs 15 says, “Wise people walk the road that leads upward to life, not the road that leads downward to death.”
We mostly use GPS devices to find the right roads when traveling. Maps were formerly relied upon. Regardless, when we have a destination we’ve never been to before, we need guidance. God’s Word does exactly that … it helps us navigate to get to the right destination. His Word is a “Lamp to our feet and a light to our path.”
READ: Pr. 14-16
Whereas there is no narrative or story line in the Proverbs, there are individual nuggets of wisdom and truth for the follower of Christ.
Each thought is worthy of consideration and rumination (chewing the cud). For that reason, it’s helpful to read them slowly giving time for the needed reflection.
They are useful in a Bible study format where the facilitator reads one thought and the participators share personal impressions or life-applications of the verse.
The Proverbs are a Christian on his feet … how to walk out life’s challenges.
READ: Pr. 11-13
Proverbs 8 is a chapter that has had a life changing effect on me.
It was pivotal in influencing me to institute a daily devotional life. I believe it is the voice of God offering His abundance of wisdom to those who say, “I’m going to put God’s Word ahead of everything on a daily basis.”
“Blessed is the man who hears Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors.” [Pr. 8:34]
READ: Pr. 7-10
“The path of the just is as the morning sun, and gets brighter until it’s full daylight.” [Pr. 4:18]
There’s nothing like walking in God’s wisdom to navigate life. In the full light of day we can clearly see where to go and what obstacles may be in our way. The longer you know the Lord and His Word, life becomes more joyous and you learn to take the spiritual opportunities to help others that become apparent to you.
Walk in light … walk towards the light … and away from the darkness.
READ: Pr. 4-6