Proverbs Study Day 24

As we go through this study, I begin to feel the importance of wisdom. I’m my own life this week I have been seeing just how important it is to have God’s Word tucked into my heart as we face trials.

 


Proverbs 24

Don’t envy evil people or desire their company. For their hearts plot violence, and their words always stir up trouble. A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers. Wisdom is too lofty for fools. Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say. A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker. The schemes of a fool are sinful; everyone detests a mocker. If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small. Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve. My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short. Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don’t raid the house where the godly live. The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. For the lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them. Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. My child, fear the lord and the king. Don’t associate with rebels, for disaster will hit them suddenly. Who knows what punishment will come from the lord and the king? Here are some further sayings of the wise: It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment. A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations. But it will go well for those who convict the guilty; rich blessings will be showered on them. An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship. Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house. Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause; don’t lie about them. And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me! I’ll get even with them!” I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.


 

 
What did I learn from this chapter today:

Often I can find myself envious of others and can easily go there if I allow my mind to wander. What I’ve learned over the years is that envy is a useless emotion. No matter how good others may think they have it, or seem to have it, I shall not strive to attain whatever it is. That only distracts me from my own life and the things that truly matter.

Others may seem to have it easy, but do they really? As we work hard to live a holy life, as we work hard to provide for our family, are their lives wasting away from the inside out? Do they even know the depths of love, grace, and mercy that they are missing? It is you and I that are the lucky ones. We have Jesus and we have each other. We work hard and struggle in our growth because that is what God commands and how much better off we are!

We do stumble often and we get back up and face the world again, always knowing that we are heaven bound.

This is all temporary. We cannot control other people’s actions, we can only contra our own. Today I choose to do the right thing and to live by God’s Word.

My prayer for today:

Lord, remind me of the work You’ve done. The precious gift You gave, the undeserved grace and mercy. Thank You. Thank You for loving me despite my epic failures. Thank You for loving me beyond my pride and pain. Thank You for providing Your Word for us to learn from and to be equipped by. Soften this heart before you Jesus. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 23

And today the Lord said:
 


Proverbs 23

While dining with a ruler, pay attention to what is put before you. If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat; don’t desire all the delicacies, for he might be trying to trick you. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle. Don’t eat with people who are stingy; don’t desire their delicacies. They are always thinking about how much it costs. “Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it. You will throw up what little you’ve eaten, and your compliments will be wasted. Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers; don’t take the land of defenseless orphans. For their Redeemer is strong; he himself will bring their charges against you. Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge. Don’t fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment won’t kill them. Physical discipline may well save them from death. My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice! Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right. Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the lord . You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed. My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course. Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags. Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise. So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy. O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways. A prostitute is a dangerous trap; a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well. She hides and waits like a robber, eager to make more men unfaithful. Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?”


 

 
What did I learn from this chapter today:

Do not long for the things of this world. Often our fleshly desires can trip us up amd cause us to fall hard. This world cannot be trusted or counted on, I must always keep Jesus before me to keep clear minded. Nothing acquired here on earth will be going with is when we die. I want to build treasures in heaven, where I will be spending eternity. Temptation can be strong, I must keep God’s word deep in my heart so that I will not succumb.

I have stumbled and given into temptation enough times to see that it never works out well for me or anyone else. God, family, servings others, these are important. Riches, food, booze, these will all pass.

My prayer for today:

Lord, keep Your ways fresh in my heart and mind. I pray that I stop getting in the way and allow You to do the work in me. I pray that this heart of stone would melt in Your hand. I thank You for all You’ve done in my life, the people You’ve put before me, and the work You are doing right now. Praise, honor, and glory to You. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 22

Wisdom is something we all need and will never have enough of. We are all a work in progress and will forever be growing, unless we get in the way. Let us open our hearts as we read God’s Word today and allow Him to work in us.


Proverbs 22

Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. The rich and poor have this in common: The lord made them both. A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. True humility and fear of the lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it. Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender. Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end. Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too. Quarrels and insults will disappear. Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend. The lord preserves those with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the treacherous. The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!” The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the lord angry will fall into it. A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away. A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty. Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips. I am teaching you today—yes, you— so you will trust in the Lord . I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge. In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you. Don’t rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court. For the lord is their defender. He will ruin anyone who ruins them. Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else. If you can’t pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations. Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.


What did I learn from this chapter today:

God made each and every one of us. I think about all the people that may rub me the wrong way or who I cannot understand. God purposely made them too. No matter where they are on their way or even if they are in complete rebellion against God, I am to love them too. God has a plan for them. Perhaps they are in my life and I am in theirs so that we may mark each other in some way, to stimulate growth of some kind.

I want to always be aware of my surroundings. I don’t want to miss out on opportunities, wonders and dangers that are always near. I want to always be ready to do God’s work as He desires. I do not want to be in a place where I worry about what the world thinks of me, only God. This brings me back to a reoccurring theme, do not look to bless the rich and the powerful, look to bless the poor and the needy. There are people physically and spiritually starving. I am blessed beyond measure in this life and want to share all that I can.

People of this world are lost and they need a beacon to show them the way to the Lord. I wish to be that beacon in the midst of the darkness that seems to be swallowing them up. I can only do that by being in the Lord myself. I look to His Word for wisdom and to His Spirit for strength. Jesus will always show me the way if I would just sit still and put all my selfishness aside.

My prayer for today:

Lord Jesus, I come to You in humility and expectancy. I know that You will guide my ways if I just wait for You. I pray that You help me to remember to not get in the way! I pray that You chisel these words deep into my heart of hearts Lord. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

 

Proverbs Study Day 21

Today I am tired and want to curl up and hide from the world, ever have those days? 🙂 Let’s dive into Proverbs 21 and see what wisdom we can walk away with today.


Proverbs 21

The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the lord ; he guides it wherever he pleases. People may be right in their own eyes, but the lord examines their heart. The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices. Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin. Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap. The violence of the wicked sweeps them away, because they refuse to do what is just. The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a straight road. It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home. Evil people desire evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them. If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise; if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser. The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring disaster on them. Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need. A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury. Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers. The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead. Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich. The wicked are punished in place of the godly, and traitors in place of the honest. It’s better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife. The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get. Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress in which they trust. Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble. Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance. Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work. Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give! The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable, especially when it is offered with wrong motives. A false witness will be cut off, but a credible witness will be allowed to speak. The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act. No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the lord . The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the lord.


What did I learn from this chapter today:

First thing to really hit me is the taking your time to do things the right way. This means that I am following God’s will and allowing Him to work in my heart. I don’t ever want to feel like I’ve arrived and am done growing. I have heard this theme a few times over the past few days,  sacrifices mean nothing compared to my hearts desire. The place where my actions are coming from, makes all the difference.

I also see that these chapters keep referring to how unpleasant a quarrelsome wife can be. This reminds me of how big an impact I have on my husband’s happiness. I can speak to him about my struggles and issues without being a nag. I have learned to wait and speak, rather than react and act out in emotion. This has helped me and my family. As I’ve chosen to act differently and share my concerns calmly, I have seen better results!

My prayer for today:

Lord, please continue to work on our hearts. Let us never feel like we have it all figured out, we are works in progress. Break through these hardened hearts and shape them. Show us the path of the righteous and guide our steps. We know that You love us and want to ease our burdens. You want to bring us peace and love, we only need to accept it. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 20

I can’t believe we’ve reached chapter 20! I have enjoyed going through Proverbs and have really felt God’s word stirring things up in my heart. God is good!

 


Proverbs 20

Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise. The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life. Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling. Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out. Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them. When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good. Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”? False weights and unequal measures — the Lord detests double standards of every kind. Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right. Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the lord . If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat! The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,” then brags about getting a bargain! Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies. Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners. Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth. Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice. A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers. If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness. An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end. Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the lord to handle the matter. The lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales. The lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost. A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them. The lord ’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive. Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love. The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart.


 

 
A few things really speak to me here. The Lord’s light penetrates our souls and exposes all hidden motives. This is so true! As my walk continues, I find that He exposes more and more of me heart and this can be difficult at times. I crave for Him to cleans me and heal me, yet it can be so painful at times. I know that the period of unpleasantness is worth the wholeness and freedom found in Jesus when He is done.

The Lord detests dishonesty. He detests it, that’s pretty serious in my eyes. Let me not take part in gossip, dishonesty, or anything at all that will make our great Creator look upon me full of detest. Let me live in the Light and please our Lord.

My prayer for today:

Lord, please penetrate deeper into my very core. I pray that you shine in and through us all. I pray that we do not flinch as you uncover pieces of us we would rather not see. You show us to free us, let us remember that. Help me to remember that i don’t gave to always understand Your ways, I only have to know that Your ways are good and lead me to a life worth living. Thank You for the Word and all the wisdom and truth given. I pray that we all take heed and follow where You lead. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 19

Good morning, let’s us pray that our hearts are filled with God’s wisdom as we begin each day.

 


Proverbs 19

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool. Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the lord . Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away. A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape. Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts! The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone. To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper. A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed. It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave to rule over princes! Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass. A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping. Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the lord can give an understanding wife. Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry. Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death. If you help the poor, you are lending to the lord — and he will repay you! Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives. Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again. Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the lord ’s purpose will prevail. Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest. Fear of the lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm. Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser. Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace. If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge. A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil. Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.


 

 
What did I learn from this chapter today:

Truest of friends care for you and are there for you despite any gain they may receive. We should strive to be those friends to all people we come in contact with. True wealth is found in relationships. Honesty and love are most valuable.

God has a plan for all of us and His plans will always prevail, it’s up to us to decide if we will be part of them or suffer as we work against them. Wisdom should be welcomed with open arms, even when it shows us parts of ourselves we would rather forget.

I desire to please God and to hold His wisdom deep in my heart. Do you?

My prayer for today:

Lord, I come before You today and pray that Your wisdom be tucked deep into my heart. I pray that You show me Your ways and help me to see where I need to walk in order to be part of Your plans. I want to learn, grow, and love more and more each day. Until the day I see you in Heaven, I am in a state of learning and following You. Do a mighty work in the life of Your servant and all of those who come before You today. We pray these things, in full expectancy that You will fulfill our desires. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 18

Welcome to day 18 (ish) 🙂

My Pastor said something that struck me the other day. We need to fill ourselves with God’s wisdom so that it can counteract our flesh. Let us be filled.

 


Proverbs 18

Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense. Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt. Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook. It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent. Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips. Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart. A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe. The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety. Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor. Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish. The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit? Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people! The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins. Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents. An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars. Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the lord . The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.


 

 
What did I learn from this chapter today:

Mostly I keep thinking about filing myself with God’s Word so that my heart and soul are drenched in His wisdom. As we read these words in Proverbs, we must remember that they are God breathed. He repeats valuable lessons that we are better off learning sooner rather than later. He cares for us, Jesus loves us and wants the best for us. These words are here to keep us from unnecessary pain and tragedy. Restriction is never the goal, freedom is found here.

My prayer for today:

Lord, fill my very core with You words, Your wisdom and Your will. I know that when I truly follow in Your ways, I find true freedom. I pray that this freedom expands through every aspect of my being. You are kind, You are love and You are the mighty Healer. Heal me Lord, love me, deliver me and guide my steps. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 17

Good morning, let’s dive in amd see what our passage says today.

 


Proverbs 17

Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict. A wise servant will rule over the master’s disgraceful son and will share the inheritance of the master’s children. Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the lord tests the heart. Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander. Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished. Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children. Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler. A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper! Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool. Evil people are eager for rebellion, but they will be severely punished. It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in foolishness. If you repay good with evil, evil will never leave your house. Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out. Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— both are detestable to the lord . It is senseless to pay to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning. A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for a friend. Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster. The crooked heart will not prosper; the lying tongue tumbles into trouble. It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. The wicked take secret bribes to pervert the course of justice. Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth. Foolish children bring grief to their father and bitterness to the one who gave them birth. It is wrong to punish the godly for being good or to flog leaders for being honest. A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.


 

 
What I learned from this chapter today:

What is speaking to my heart today is that we choose obedience in order to be in good standing and to walk in the ways of our Lord. This obedience must be from a place of love and honor. Should we choose to go against God’s ways, we will find darkness creeping in and destruction in our lives.

When I follow God’s will, I am changed. When I hear Him and allow Him to rebuke me, I am transformed and reap the rewards.

I have come a long way since I started walking in Christ, and I still have a long way to go. I find myself struggling in doing the right thing and remaining even tempered in times if injustice and stress.

My prayer for today:

Lord, I thank You for reminding me that Your ways are good. You love us and want the very best for us. You love me right where I am, that love has never and will never change. I choose life. Please wrap Your truth around my heart so that I always remember. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 16

Day 16 is here. I have had a tough few days, spiritually and am looking forward to hearing God’s word.


 

Proverbs 16

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord , and your plans will succeed. The Lord has made everything for His own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster. The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished. Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the Lord , people avoid evil. When people’s lives please the Lord , even their enemies are at peace with them. Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest. We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. The king speaks with divine wisdom; He must never judge unfairly. The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; He sets the standards for fairness. A king detests wrongdoing, for his rule is built on justice. The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; He loves those who speak honestly. The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise will try to appease it. When the king smiles, there is life; His favor refreshes like a spring rain. How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver! The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe. Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud. Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful. The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive. Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools. From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on. Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze. A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends. Violent people mislead their companions, leading them down a harmful path. With narrowed eyes, people plot evil; with a smirk, they plan their mischief. Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life. Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.


 

What I learned from this chapter today:

Well a few things stuck with me while reading this. God created all things for a reason, including evil for its day of destruction. He created you and me for a reason. We have purpose, even if it’s not clear at the moment.

I always feel like I should be doing more in life. Lately, I’ve learned to pause and reflect on the work I am doing on God’s behalf. This is the work that truly matters. Am I shining bright in the midst of darkness? Am I pausing and waiting on the Lord in all circumstances? Do I pray for the people He brings into my life? Do I allow Him to speak through me?

The life God offers is one of love, forgiveness, peace, and patience. I trust in Him in all things.

My prayer for today:

Lord, I pray that You show me the way through the trials before me. Like a small child taking their mother’s hand in a crowd, I cling to you and know that You will bring me through it safely. I yearn for Your wisdom and Your guidance in all things. Carve Your words into our hearts. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 15

Day 15! I have not posted in a few days as I have been spending time with Jesus and family. I will write about those experiences after this study.


Proverbs 15

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. The lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise. There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble. The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give. The lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright. The lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness. Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die. Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the lord. How much more does he know the human heart! Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise. A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit. A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the lord , than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate. A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them. A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway. Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother. Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path. Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind. The lord tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows. The lord detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words. Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live. The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. The lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. Fear of the lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.


 

What I learned from this chapter:

First off, I as blown away by one verse here. “Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the lord. How much more does he know the human heart!.”

As I mentioned above,  I have been working on some things with Jesus and He is showing me so many things. This verse spoke to my heart Friday while studying. I cannot hide anything from God, He knows all. He knows my heart better than I ever could. When I think I’m hiding pieces on myself or my past, I am only fooling myself. God watches us all. He know our stories and He longs to heal us. Only I can get in the way of that.

I long to hear His wisdom and to walk in His ways. The journey is often difficult,  but I have become a better me through Christ and trust that He leads me towards His heart always.

My prayer for today:

Lord, I know You hear my prayers and You know my heart. I thank You for Your wisdom and long to be in Your will. I pray that You continue to remind me that You are all knowing and that You love me always. Thank You for the gift of life You’ve bestowed upon us all. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.