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Read devotionals for June 2017
July 1, 2017
Proverbs 19:23 – The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall be satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
Thought: The fear of God involves a deep, healthy respect for God and all the things that pertain to Him. It involves one’s reverence and awe for spiritual things. Those who have this type of reverence are promised three things in this verse: life, satisfaction, and the absence of evil. God desires what it best for man. Those who will fear Him will find a life that is rewarding and meaningful.
July 2, 2017
Proverbs 19:24 – A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Thought: The inspired writer presents us a vivid picture of a very lazy individual. He is so lazy that he does not have the energy to feed himself. This man wastes his life in his slothful state. Time passes and there are no accomplishments. In fact, his state in life just grows worse. God condemns laziness. He has endowed man with a mind and talents, and expects man to put them to use for himself, others, and for the kingdom of God.
July 3, 2017
Proverbs 19:25 – Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
Thought: If an individual who is stubborn and obstinate is punished, the simple will take note. They will learn the lesson that evil will be punished. This is one of the benefits of discipline. Another benefit of discipline comes when a man of understanding is reproved. The reproof does not go unnoticed. The reproof does not harden the individual’s heart. The reproof brings even more understanding. Dear reader, discipline is not all negative. It can and does yield good fruit.
July 4, 2017
Proverbs 19:26 – He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
Thought: The parent-child relationship was divinely created. It should be a relationship of love. It should be a relationship of trust and care. Children ought to have a deep reverence and respect for both their mother and father. Children, however, do not always honor their parents. Children spend their parent’s inheritance. They refuse to give assistance when their parents are in need. This kind of child is a deep disappointment. Often the parents are ashamed to even mention the child’s name.
July 5, 2017
Proverbs 19:27 – Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
Thought: In the world, there are many words, ideas, and teachings that will cause one to depart from the way of truth. Many of these doctrines are appealing. Many of them seem to come from authoritative sources. Many of them appear to be based upon solid reasoning. They are evil, however. They are false and deadly to the soul of man. The wise writer exhorts his son saying: “Cease, my son, to hear” such instruction. The word “cease” means ‘desist, leave off, stop, and forsake.” It is a strong warning against listening to false ways.
July 6, 2017
Proverbs 19:28 – An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
Thought: There are many kinds of evil people in the world. One is an ungodly witness. This witness is not concerned about truth and justice. He does not care who gets hurt by his untruthful testimony. He laughs and mocks all judgment. Another evil person is the wicked who feeds on iniquity. Sin is a tasty morsel to him. His mouth cannot taste of transgression enough. These two individuals harm both individuals and societies. They are enemies of all who are righteous.
July 7, 2017
Proverbs 19:29 – Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
Thought: This verse gives hope to the righteous. In the previous verse, we saw the work of those who scorn judgment and who feed upon iniquity. These individuals will not go unnoticed by God. Judgment and stripes have been prepared for them. These ungodly individuals will eventually suffer punishment for their actions.
July 8, 2017
Proverbs 20:1 – Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Thought: Society has always been filled with individuals who enjoy drinking alcoholic beverages. Some of drinks do not contain high alcoholic content. Some of them do. Both, however, can impair a person’s ability to reason. Inhibitions are dropped. Behaviors become unpredictable and dangerous. Some people believe that they can “handle” their liquor. The wise man says that those who are deceived by intoxicating beverages are not wise.
July 9, 2017
Proverbs 20:2 – The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
Thought: The respect we should have for the people in positions of authority is likened unto the respect we have for the roaring of a lion. We know the damage and destruction that a lion can do when provoked. In like manner, those in positions of authority can bring severe repercussions to those who provoke them to anger. When a person rouses the anger of a king, he is taking his own life in his hands.
I Kings 2:23-24
July 10, 2017
Proverbs 20:3 – It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Thought: Strife involves contentions, contests, struggles, fights, and controversies. When a man is willing to cease from these things, he becomes a man of honor. Sadly, however, some people love a good fight. To keep up the controversy, these individuals will meddle into every nook and cranny of another’s life to find something to keep the fires of controversy burning. The wise writer refers to this type of a person as a fool. Which do you desire to be called? An honorable man? Or, a fool?
July 11, 2017
Proverbs 20:4 – The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest and have nothing.
Thought: Those who do not like to work will find every excuse to keep from it. Here, the sluggard uses the weather as an excuse not to work. “It is too cold to plow,” he says. Excuses only set a person up for failure. If a man will not work, there will be no food at harvest time. The sluggard will find himself begging from those who did put forth the effort when the weather was cold. His lot will only be worse when the cold returns.
July 12, 2017
Proverbs 20:5 – Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Thought: Very wise men keep their thoughts, understandings, and conclusions deep within. They do not freely divulge all that lies within. Their wisdom is like the deep waters of the ocean. The same is true of those who are wicked and evil. They keep their intentions deep within. However, “a man of understanding” is able to draw out the thoughts of both. He knows the questions to ask. He knows what to watch. He skillfully draws the powerful springs at the bottom of the deep to the surface.
July 13, 2017
Proverbs 20:6 – Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
Thought: All of us seek individuals who are faithful, that is, those whose words and actions correspond. However, they are difficult to find. All will proclaim their own goodness. All will make promises about their abilities to do this or that. But, only a handful will follow through. When a faithful man is found, he is a blessing. Each of us needs to make up our minds to do more than proclaim our goodness. Let’s resolve to show ourselves to be faithful in all things.
July 14, 2017
Proverbs 20:7 – The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
Thought: There are some men who are extremely concerned about how they live their lives. They live lives of sincerity and truth. They are individuals in whom there is no guile. There is no hypocrisy in their lives. These individuals are known to be “good men.” This man is a blessing to his children. His children are respected because of him. His children can have doors opened to them because of the respect that their father has earned from others. A good life benefits more than the one who lives it.
July 15, 2017
Proverbs 20:8 – A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scatttereth away all evil with his eyes.
Thought: A righteous king is a terror to those who commit evil. Evildoers know that he will uphold the law. They know that he will not take bribes. They know that he will punish those who break the law. Yes, a ruler who is committed to true judgment causes evil to be scattered. Evil knows that it has no place to take hold and grow. Thank God for good rulers who are committed to the law.
July 16, 2017
Proverbs 20:9 – Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Thought: There are three thoughts that come from this verse. First, there are some people who believe that they are above sin. Who are these people? Second, not one person is really able to make the claim that he/she is pure from sin. Every human being battles temptation and loses from time to time. Third, there is not a person who can make his own heart clean. Once we have become a sinner, it takes deity to forgive us. This is done through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ.
I John 1:8-10
July 17, 2017
Proverbs 20:10 – Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.
Thought: Honesty is a trait that should permeate every element of society including the marketplace. Weights and measures should conform to the proper standards. Those that do not are an abomination to the Lord. He knows that unjust weights and measures rob from the public and enrich the vendor. The salesman ceases to be an honest business man and makes himself into a thief. His dishonest practices are disgusting in the sight of God.
July 18, 2017
Proverbs 20:11 – Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, or whether it be right.
Thought: As children are being raised, there are indications of the path the child will be taking. Parents are able to listen to their words. They can see whether a child is compassionate. They come to know the child’s intelligence level. They understand his eye-hand coordination. They are aware of his spiritual interest. They know his weaknesses. They see his flaws. Yes, a child is known by his doings. A parent gets an indication as to whether his work will be pure and right. Sadly, far too many seem to dismiss and overlook the negatives.
July 19, 2017
Proverbs 20:12 – The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.
Thought: The passage sets forth a simple truth with profound underpinnings. It is the Lord who has created man. It was He who gave man both hearing and sight. These are precious gifts which we should never take for granted. Because God has given them, they should be used wisely in His service. Because He is the giver of them, we know that He, too, possesses the ability to hear and see. He hears all. He sees all. One day, He will bring man into judgment concerning all he has seen and heard.
July 20, 2017
Proverbs 20:13 – Love not sleep; lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Thought: The Bible constantly exhorts man to industry and labor. It condemns the lazy and slothful. Far too often we waste precious time. We sleep too much. We lay on the couch too long. We crash for too many days at the lake or beach or mountains. Only the diligent provides for himself. He will see the fruit of his labors and be satisfied. He will be rewarded for his long hours and hard work.
I Thessalonians 2:9
July 21, 2017
Proverbs 20:14 – It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Thought: It is one thing to negotiate on a price. It is another thing to lie in the process. Buyers often demean and belittle the value of an object to get the seller to lower his price. When a price is agreed upon, it is paid. Then the buyer boasts of the costly nature of the item that he got for a bargain price. Which is it? Is the item invaluable? Or, is the item valuable? In this instance, it is the buyer who is attempting to swindle the seller. Evil practices can be found among both buyers and sellers in the marketplace.
July 22, 2017
Proverbs 20:15 – There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
Thought: Man has a tendency to forget the things that are really valuable in life. One of these is “the lips of knowledge.” There are many who think they are knowledgeable, but they are not. These individuals have a tendency to talk endless as they spread their ignorance. When one comes into contact with a person of wisdom, he is blessed. He has found a gold mine. He has discovered a more than a multitude of rubies. He should mine the knowledge, absorb the wisdom, and count his blessings.