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July 19, 2022

Proverbs On Forgiving Others

Great Word in our Proverbs that helps us keep our triggers in check, and certainly flies in the face of today’s culture that constantly has us angry about one thing or another: 

Pro 19:11  Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Good sense or…Wisdom keeps us from getting angry, and we take it back to the Bible, what is wisdom?  Wisdom is looking at the world from a biblical lens, knowing that God is sovereign, and always watching us, God has already designed everything that is going to happen in our lives and while we are here in this world, we are to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God, that brings honor to God.  

As we learned in yesterday’s Word, the fool only sees things through the me, myself and I perspective, while the wise person has empathy or is willing to understand and to listen.  

With that said, something that can certainly agitate us is when we are driving and someone cuts us off in traffic.  We immediately make all of these false and foolish assumptions about that person, they think that because they drive a newer car than me, they are better than me, or that person is not a smart as me, or younger and a dumber driver than me…just a ton of misconceptions pop into our minds that are built on love of our own selves and pride and further, hatred of others.  

However, wisdom give us that biblical reality check, that says: maybe that other image bearer of God is having a bad day, we don’t know what it happening in the car in front of us,  They could have gotten a phone call from a family member that is suddenly in the hospital, or they could be sick, we have no idea what is going on with them.  That is good sense, and the empathy that comes from loving others as we love our selves, or wisdom.  

The second half of today’s Proverb tells us “it is his glory to overlook an offense”.   John MacArthur very aptly stated once that the closest thing we can be to Jesus is forgiving.  the Bible tells us, Christ forgave us, should we not forgive others? 

 If we take it back to today’s hypothetical road rage scenario, maybe that person who cut us off was acting a fool?  But if we look within our selves, can any of us say that we too haven’t driven badly?  Is there any one of us who haven’t just not being paying attention and cut in front of someone?  The answer is no, as Jesus said; let the person who never sinned throw the first stone.  And what happened next?  Everyone left because none of them could say they didn’t sin!  That same thing is applicable to us when we are in situations that can agitate us, none of us are without sin, and chances are we all did the same thing being done to us, or worse!  

So headed back to our Proverbs, A God fearing perspective keeps these things in mind, that Christ is the only One who was without sin, the rest of us are sinners in need of His Grace as we navigate this very short life that is never not full of unimportant things that can try and agitate.  Christ is what is important, and what is eternal and what we should focus on, not secondary distractions that come and go.  

July 18, 2022

Talking Without Listening

Today’s Proverb shows us the hallmarks of a fool and how they interact with others, while none of us want to be foolish, it also lends some understanding on how to be righteous:  

Pro 18:2  A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

A foolish or wicked person does not want to listen, in fact they have no desire to understand anyone else’s point of view besides their own.  

The text also says they only want to express their own opinion…if we have ever talked with a fool, communication is a one way street to them.  Lots of talking, but zero listening!  

So while we have an understanding of how a fool talks to others, as in just broadcasting their own insights, how does a righteous of Godly person engage?   

The righteous person wants to understand, and rather than belching out their own “hot takes” they listen to others.  

A God-fearing person, or righteous person wants to understand, and we also need to apply that to how we approach God’s Word; as we learn in 2 Timothy 3:16 — All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

God’s Word is given to us to correct us, and train us, so let us not approach it like the fool and apply worldly and secular principles to it, like “that was written by some man 1000 years ago” but that it is actually given to us by God and designed to give us the blueprint on how we should live our lives.  

As The Proverb today point out The righteous person is willing to understand that, while the fool has no desire to understand but rather broadcast their own foolishness!  

July 15, 2022

Proverbs 15:16 – God’s Warnings Against Greed!

Good cause and affect in our Proverbs as it relates to walking the straight and narrow path versus being a crook! 

Pro 15:27  Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.

Someone who cheats, steals or takes bribes, is headed for trouble.  Another way of saying, sin catches up with us!  We may get instant gratification, or suddenly become wealthy by cheating and being dishonest with someone, but God sees all, there is no dishonesty or hiding sin with God, and God’s scales and standards are just and true!  

How often have we seen in the news about a politician taking bribes only to leave office in disgrace?  What were once lofty goals for the greater good have now come crashing down and wrecked their legacy.  

The other half of the Proverb takes us to the righteous person, “he who hates bribes will live”—  Someone who takes the narrow and righteous path that brings honor to God will live, as in not perish like the crook who is only in it for themselves.

The crooked person gets trouble and death, while the righteous and honest person escapes death and lives.  We can hide our misdeeds from other people and the law, but there is no hiding our sin from God, God sees all!  

July 14, 2022

Proverbs 14:23 – Talking vs Doing

We learn a big difference today in the Proverbs between talking and actually doing; 

Pro 14:23  In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.

Note the word says there, in all labor there is profit, when we are doing a task, there is always some kind of reward for it, it might not always be immediate, but there is something that we gained from what we put in effort in.  Some times what seems like wasted time at a task that didn’t work out can frustrate us, but at the very least, we learned what not to do next time.  Lived experiences can often be better than anything we can pick up in a class room.

On the other hand, talking a big game about what we are going to do produces nothing but hot air.  Action is what gets results, how many people have we encountered are on the precipice of some get rich quick scheme that never actually materializes, that euphemism “they talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk” comes to mind.  

We can also apply this with God’s Word.  We can certainly talk about the importance of Christian living, and while doing so, point out the sinful ways of others, but are we actually practicing what God’s Word tells us to do?  Are we just hearers of God’s Word, as in we know what it means, but not actually doers?  

A good opportunity for some introspective here that tells us to act, not just talk or go through the motions of sitting in church, letting Bible verses wash over us while we watch the clock waiting for service to end, but actually hear, act on ultimately obey God’s Word.  

July 13, 2022

Proverbs 13:6 – Avoiding Trouble Through Obedience

Important wisdom in the Proverbs that shows us how living a Godly life keeps us out of trouble:  

Pro 13:6  Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner.

Being righteous, or obedient to God’s Word, keeps us out of trouble.  

As the text says, it *guards* us, and there is no shortage of trouble in this world to get into, but if we do what God tells us, which He does in the Bible, the revelation of Himself to us, we avoid  many of the pitfalls of life….Stealing, cheating, lying, committing adultery, these are all tempting sins for us to fall into, but Proverbs says when we live a life that is pleasing to God, we don’t have to worry about going to jail, getting slammed with divorce papers or the litany of other bad things that can happen to us here on earth when we backslide in sin.  

The other half of the text says; wickedness subverts the sinner – the sinners wicked ways will catch up to them at one point or another, some sinners face a reckoning in this life and end up in prison or broken marriages, others face God’s wrath on the other side of this short life, and that side has no end.  

The choice is clear, live a life that is pleasing to God, and confess Jesus as Lord, and repent (stop sinning),  None of us are perfect, but Christ is perfect and is the Perfect Sacrifice, which takes away the debt that our sinful ways have piled up.  

July 12, 2022

Proverbs 12:16 – The Wicked Broadcast Their Anger 

Pro 12:16  A fool’s anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.

A foolish person or a wicked person cannot contain themself, they have to broadcast their outrage.  

A wise man though keeps the poker face and doesn’t fly off the handle.  

You can also tie this into swearing, someone who can’t keep their rage in check tends to swear a lot, dropping F-bombs when something breaks or doesn’t go their way or calling someone who upset them a curse word behind their back or to their face, today’s Proverb tells us, these are hall marks of a foolish person.

On the other hand, as our Proverbs so wonderfully does – while it shows one end of the spectrum, in this case the angry fool, it also gives us the polar opposite; the prudent and God fearing person keeps their feelings to themself, because in the end that person knows that whatever vexing situation is at hand, it is God’s will, God is sovereign and God predetermined our circumstances before the universe was ever formed.  

Good words to live by, especially in our everyday lives where a situation challenges us, we remember the fool can’t keep their cool, but the wise person is able to conceal their emotions.  

July 11, 2022

Proverbs 11:2  — Pride leads to disgrace

Good Word that warns us against being proud or too in love with ourselves in the Proverbs today:

Pro 11:2  Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Two different paths with 2 very different results, pride equates to disgrace while humility brings wisdom.

Very poignant stuff here as it relates to the digital world we are in where we are constantly propping ourselves up through social media be it bragging about what we own, what we did or what our family did, basically putting ourself up on a pedestal saying, look at me, look at how good I am, look at what how much better I am than every one else…that is pride, and today’s word says that kind of living brings disgrace.  God hates pride, James 4:6 tells us “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”  

God brings down the proud, we take it back to David and Goliath, one of the most famous Bible stories there is, Goliath was the big and ferocious Phillistine and he was certainly very proud, arrogant and boastful.  He didn’t let anyone in the room forget about how big he was, and God used David, a humble vessel with a sling shot, to bring him down without even engaging him face to face.  

Hitler was another example, he was very proud of his ancestry and thought he would take over the world, only to cowardly hide out in an underground bunker in his final days and kill himself rather than face his enemies.  

God humbles the proud, but someone like David who was a righteous and God-fearing servant, God gives grace and wisdom too.  Despite the temptations to chase clout and puff up our chest about some meaningless accomplishment, let us remember to be more like David and less like Goliath, because God blesses the lowly but hates and humbles the proud.  

July 8, 2022

Friday Devotional – Jesus is the way to eternal life

Some beautiful parallels in the Old Testament found in our Proverbs where the subject is wisdom to the New Testament which focuses on Jesus:

Pro 8:34  “Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.

Pro 8:35  “For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.

Pro 8:36  “But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death.”

There in Proverbs the subject is wisdom, the one who finds wisdom which is living in fear of God, finds favor from God, but the one who spurns wisdom and chooses to mire in sin, has death to look forward to.

So it the case with Jesus, those who believes in and listen to Jesus will live forever as Christ tells us in Joh 5:24  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

We are spared God’s wrath for our sins through Christ, because Christ became the Substitionary Atonement for our sins, He bore our wrath on the cross, and Jesus says in that single verse that those who hear Jesus’s Word are passed out of death and into life, or are pardoned for our sins, just like the Proverbs spells out, For He who finds me, finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.  Trusting in Jesus takes out the the bad book, and puts us into God’s favor.  

July 7, 2022

Thursday Devotional For July 7th, 2022

Some important warnings against the adulterous, or the one who wants to lure us into some kind of scandalous affair today:

Pro 7:21  With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him.

Like the fly that wanders into the spiders web trying to scratch that itch, or feed that hunger, goes the unknowing fool to lie down with the adulterer or wants have a salacious affair.  

The next series of verses show the endgame of such behavior: 

Pro 7:22  Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,

Pro 7:23  Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life.

Just like the spider and the fly, so it is with the adulterous and the wandering idiot trying to get his rock off, now he is dead.  

The moral of our Proverb, guard our minds, our eyes and our actions from someone who tries to seduce us, given how sexuality is so pervasive in so much media whether it is advertising or academia, these are good words to remember, watch out and don’t listen to their flattering words or seductions, because death is at the end of that road! 

July 6, 2022

That Ant Never Stops Working

A nice example in nature in our Proverbs today that reminds us why we should stay busy and not be lazy, because otherwise, we’ll starve! 

Pro 6:6-11  Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,

Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.

A unique example here for sure, no one really pays much attention to an ant unless they get find the sugar or bite us, but we also never see a colony of ants loafing either, ants are always working and foraging, a seemingly stupid insect that we don’t give a second thought to, is actually wiser than many humans, because the ant is always working and gathering!  

Speaking of lazy humans, the next couple of verses tell us what happen when we are the opposite of the ant, and just put our feet up all day:

Pro 6:9-11 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?  “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest”—  Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.

Too much loafing and poverty or hunger will attack us like a thief in the night!  Good reminders here in this day in age where there are so many things to occupy our attention and waste our time with….from Netflix binges to video games, nothing fruitful comes from those, meanwhile the ant is always working!  

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