Sept. 23 – (Pro. 7-8) Do you want to be blessed? Here are some ways (8:32-35). In fact, this whole chapter gives us many pointers. Let’s reread it and write down all that is good for us to practice.
Sept.24 – (Pro. 9-10) What is the beginning of wisdom (9:10)? How do we get understanding? My favorite verse today: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight (9:10).
Proverbs 10 begins a collection of proverbs attributed to Solomon. In it he says the actions of wise and good people are contrasted to the deeds of foolish and evil people. Solomon emphasizes the need for honesty and the wise choice of words.
Sept. 25 – (Pro. 11-12) Proverbs 11 comes again from Solomon. He gave practical words of wisdom that would ensure long life to those who heed them. Solomon contrasted righteous and wicked behavior, paying special attention to the best use of money.
In Proverbs 12, Solomon gave instruction about life. He contrasted good with evil, wisdom with foolishness, and labor with laziness. Foolishness leads to ruin. It is amazing what Solomon considers foolishness. Not just in this chapter but in the book of Proverbs. I would love to see a compilation of all the verses on “being a fool”. Anyone want to do research?
Sept. 26 – (Pro. 13-14) Here is a riddle: Who can make himself rich yet have nothing and who can make himself poor, yet have great riches (13:7)?
Chapter 14 is written to capture interest through contrast. It highlights the life of the wise and righteous person in contrast to the life of the foolish and wicked. Re-read this chapter substituting “I” for the subject in sentences that deal with righteousness (“I build up those in my house…”). Then ask yourself if it’s true. When you truthfully answer no, ask the Holy Spirit to help turn it into a true statement. (I dare you!!!)
Sept. 27 – (Pro. 15-16) Chapter 15:1-17 is a series of proverbs dealing primarily with speech, submission to instruction, and God’s providence. In verses 25-33, the proverbs begin and end with a contrast: “The Lord opposes the proud (v.25) but is near those who act in humility that comes from the fear of the Lord (v.33).” Verse 24-32 expand on this by illustrating the pride of the wicked and the humility of the righteous. At the center of this section is the reminder that the Lord is far from the wicked but hears the prayer of the righteous (v.29).
Riddle: How can a man be pure and impure at the same time (16:2)?
Sept. 28 – (Pro. 17-18) What is good medicine (17:22)? Why should we not break a child’s spirit? Better yet, how do we discipline a child without breaking their spirit? Favorite verse today: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (18:10). As I was reading this verse, I began singing a song we used to sing. Do you remember it? I expected the next verse to be: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but I remember the name of the Lord (Was that the next line?). This all reminds me of how powerful music is to us. I loved that season of God’s music because there were so many songs, we sang that were snippets of His Word and in singing them over and over was putting His Word in my heart. That is what we needed then. Then we had a season or wave of music and pageantry that showed God’s glory and majesty and power. It was beautiful to watch and participate… like being in His throne room. I think we are now coming out of a season or wave where the words were establishing a more personal relationship with Father God. Some of the words almost seemed sacrilegious but I realized it was for upcoming generations reaching to relate to their Father God from most experiences of having no father or at best a very distorted experience of what a father was. These are just my thoughts and may not be very accurate. Pastor Torry spoke on 9/8 concerning “Blessed are the Pure in heart…” One of the things that hinder our heart from being pure is thinking certain traditions (done as a tradition only) can keep us from seeing our creative God as He currently wants to show Himself. In the past many people (can I say most of us?) can get stuck on one style of worship. We have a creative God who knows just how to reach every generation, every nation in a way that will bring all of us into a closer relationship with Him. Okay, my ramblings are done…for today. 😊
Sept. 29 – (Pro. 19-20) Here is a new translation of 19:18. “Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart “on his crying”. This is a Jewish tradition version. That puts a whole new slant on how much to keep a child from crying, doesn’t it?
In chapter 20, Solomon wrote more proverbs. If readers followed these words of wisdom, Solomon promised that God would approve of their life. Sin takes many forms: gossip, laziness, drunkenness, and dishonesty. Some of these we recognize as sin and maybe avoid. Others are a “Christian’s vises”. Let’s deal with them as sin alone. Selah