31 Proverbs in 31 days

My wife and I finished our Proverbs 31 challenge today. I really enjoyed reading through the Book of Proverbs with her. It was great to read and talk about a book that is full of so much wisdom.

I think the thing I enjoyed the most was hearing Larissa’s insights into the various passages. She has read the Book of Proverbs many times, so she has picked up a lot of good stuff over the years. It was also good to start our day together in the Word of God too!

Tomorrow I am going to start re-reading the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew chapters 5-7. I am going to read one heading a day in my New Living Translation study Bible that I got a few weeks back. I am looking forward to the readings and the footnotes.

If you would like to join me in reading the Sermon on the Mount, you can find it here on BibleGateway.com. As usual I will share any insights I find here on my blog.

God Bless,

Dave

Accepting Divine gudiance

In my reading from Proverbs 29 today verse 18 jumped out at me. The NLT footnote was also really good too. I thought I would share them both today…

Proverbs 29.18 NLT – When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.

Here’s the footnote…

“Divine guidance refers to words from God received by prophets. Where there is ignorance or rejection of God, crime and sin run rampant. Public morality depends on the knowledge of God, but it also depends on keeping God’s laws. In order for nations and individuals to function well, people must know God’s ways and keep his rules. Having God’s Word means little if we are not obeying it”

Knowing and being obedient to God’s Word makes our society a better place to live and brings joy to us all. Why? Because there is less crime, people love and care for each other and God is honoured in all we do.

God Bless,

Dave

Proverbs challenge update

As I said earlier in the month my wife and I are reading one chapter of Proverbs a day this month. Today’s reading was from chapter 28.

As I read a few verses really jumped out at me.

Verse 7 – Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.

Verse 19 – A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.

Verse 23 – In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.

Verse 27 – Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.

They are a few simple verses that gave me something to ponder today as I go about my work.

Proverbs 28 in the New Living Translation was probably my favourite so far of the readings.

God Bless,

Dave

Jesus performed 7 miracles on the Sabbath

Recently I was reflecting on the idea of the Sabbath and how it is a day that God has set apart as a rest day for man where we stop work and focus our thoughts on God.

For the Jewish people in Jesus’ time this was a hard and fast rule because it was one of the Commandments given in Exodus 20:8-11. They refrained from any work at all and set the day apart at holy and for God.

The problem was they took it a bit too far. They even said that it was not right to heal on the Sabbath as it was a form of work.

Jesus challenged this when He performed seven miracles on the Sabbath…

  1. Jesus delivered a man from demon possession (Mark 1.21-28)
  2. Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1.29-31)
  3. Jesus healed the lame man by the pool of Bethesda (John 5.1-18)
  4. Jesus healed a man with a deformed hand (Mark 3.1-6)
  5. Jesus restores a woman who was crippled (Luke 13.10-17)
  6. Jesus healed a man with leg and arm problems (Luke 14.1-6)
  7. Jesus healed a man born blind (John 9.1-16)

The thing I really like about this is Jesus did what was right on the Sabbath. Yes the Sabbath was holy, set apart for God and a day of rest for man, but Jesus still helped those in need.

Jesus saw the need and He did His Father’s work and made people whole again.

God Bless,

Dave

 

Four types of speaking in Proverbs part 2

The other day I did a post on the four types of speaking from the Book of Proverbs. It talked about four types of tongues. They were the Controlled, Caring, Conniving and the Careless tongues.

In today’s post I want to show the verses that mentioned these things and how they contrast them.

1. The controlled tongue

Proverbs 10:19 – When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Proverbs 11:12 – A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

2. The caring tongue

Proverbs 12:25 – An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

3. The conniving tongue

Proverbs 16:28 – A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.

Proverbs 26:24 – A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit.

4. The careless tongue

Proverbs 12:18 – Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:2 – The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

As we read these verses we see that it is wise to hold our tongue and really consider our words. It is also good to use words that bring encouragement to others.

Again, let’s purpose in our hearts today to be people who consider our words and use them wisely. Let’s use words that build up and encourage and are aimed at bringing about the purposes of God.

God Bless,

Dave

Four types of speaking in Proverbs

As I have been reading through the Book of Proverbs this month I have really noticed how much it talks about using our tongues and the way we use our words.

In today’s post I thought I would share four ways I have noticed. As you will see, two are good and two are bad…

1. A controlled tongue – In people with a controlled tongue we see that they think before they speak. The seem to know when silence is best or when the right time is to give good advice.

2. A caring tongue – People with a caring tongue speak openly and honestly, but their goal in speaking to encourage and bring life to those around them. In short, they care.

3. A conniving tongue – Those with a conniving tongue speak with wrong motives. They gossip, speak badly about others, they lie and twist the truth. They use words to get their own way or bring others down.

4. A careless tongue – A person with a careless tongue speaks before considering their words and their potential impact. They often blurt out words that cut or tear people down without realising.

As you can see the first two of these types of tongues are good, desirable and helpful. The second two are not good and should be avoided.

Let’s purpose in our hearts today to be people who consider our words and use them wisely. Let’s use words that build up and encourage and are aimed at bringing about the purposes of God.

God Bless,

Dave

The 31 day Proverbs challenge

This month my wife and I have been reading through the book of Proverbs together. We have been reading through one chapter a day as it has 31 chapters.

We read it first in the New International Version (NIV) which my wife uses and then we read it in the New Living Translation (NLT) which I use for my devotions.

We then look at the different words used in each others version. Comparing them to try and get the full meaning of the text.

We then look at any footnotes that the versions have. My NLT study Bible has lots of footnotes that are almost like a small Bible commentary.

I have really enjoyed this month so far. It has been good to discuss the Bible with my wife and draw from each others knowledge and understanding.

Perhaps next time there is a month with 31 days you could do the same with your husband or wife?

God Bless,

Dave

Don’t worry about worries

This was recently the daily email from the NLT Life Application Devotion. I thought I would share it today.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:34, NLT

Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God.

Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.

From Proverbs chapter 2

Each morning I start my day with a reading from the Old Testament Book of Proverbs. I do this to get my daily intake of God’s wisdom.

Whatever date it is, I read that chapter. So today’s reading was from chapter 2. Verses 1-11 from the NLT version really spoke to me about wisdom.

1 My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.
2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.
4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.
5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.
9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
11 Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.

As I reflected on wisdom I think we get it is a several ways.

1. As a gift from God – He bestows godly wisdom on us to do His will in this world

2. From study – Searching the Scripture like we are mining for gold or treasure

3. Prayer – As we cry out for wisdom God gives it to us

4. By honouring God’s Word – when we treasure God’s Word He gives us wisdom from it.

5. By tuning in – Focussing our attention on God’s Word brings wisdom

Having godly wisdom brings so many joys and benefits to both you and to those around you. Some of the benefits and joys are listed in verses above.

God Bless,

Dave