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Read devotionals for April 2018
May 1, 2018
Proverbs 30:1 – The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal.
Thought: In this verse, we learn that there were other authors of the Proverbs than just Solomon. This man was also a very wise man. In fact, the wisdom that he displays in this next section is divine wisdom. He, too, was inspired of God. His words are prophecy. Thus, he was a prophet. A prophet was a spokesman for God. He could declare the past, the present, or the future. Since he was a man of God, we would be wise to listen intently to his words.
II Peter 1:21
May 2, 2018
Proverbs 30:2 – Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
Thought: The only knowledge that we have a Agur is what he reveals to us here. He proclaims that he was brutish. He also says that he does not have the understanding of man. Agur appears to have been a man from a rural community. His occupation was among the animals. He was not a well-educated man. God, however, used him to set forth his revelation. A man’s heart is much more important to God than the things that man holds so dear. God uses those who will faithfully server Him.
May 3, 2018
Proverbs 30:3 – I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
Thought: Agur continues to describe himself in this verse. He is not one who has been officially trained in the law. He has not sat at the feet of the great teachers of wisdom. He has not been skillfully trained in the knowledge of holy things. This, however, did not keep God from using him as an instrument for good. He took this man, gave him the Spirit of God, and allowed him to write proverbs that would benefit mankind forever. Remember, God can use any man or woman who is willing to be used for His purposes.
May 4, 2018
Proverbs 30:4 – Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
Thought: In this verse Agur speaks of the wonderful, incomprehensible nature, power, and ability of God. No man has such abilities, but God does. God is sovereign. He is over all. He is the supreme power in the Universe. All is under His control. Lowly man understands so little about Him. If man could grasp this one simple fact he would bow before the great I AM.
May 5, 2018
Proverbs 30:5 – Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Thought: The Word of God is pure because it comes from a pure and holy God. When something is pure, there is nothing in it that is contaminated. There is nothing in it that can harm. There is nothing in it that can bring death. The Word of God is wholesome. It is a healthy resource for the soul of man. Those who drink deeply from it will be benefited. One of the benefits is a relationship with God. And, “he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
May 6, 2018
Proverbs 30:6 – Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Thought: The Word of God is the divine standard that God has set for His people. It cannot be improved upon by man regardless of what he may think. Some often think that God should have included more in His commands. Thus, they add to God’s Word. These additions are often looked upon as if they are part of the divine standard. They are not! One might argue diligently for them. However, if he were reproved of God, he would be found to be a liar. Let’s be satisfied with what God has given.
May 7, 2018
Proverbs 30:7 – Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die.
Thought: There is a condition in which a man finds himself that is safe. It does not present the temptations that other positions in life afford. Agur understands this simple fact. Thus, he asks God to grant him a certain station in life. It will require two things from God. He longs to have this position in life before he dies. My friends, at death, we want our house to be in order. We want our life to be right with God. This is a reasonable request that will be made by the inspired penman.
I Kings 3:5-9
May 8, 2018
Proverbs 30:8 – Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.
Thought: There were two things that Agur desired from God. He wanted vanity and lies remove from him. Empty things are useless to man. Lies only lead him away from God. Then, there are the issues of poverty and riches. Both of them have their problems. One makes a man desperate. The other makes a man far too independent. Again, Agur desires a place of safety in this life, a place where his soul was secure.
May 9, 2018
Proverbs 30:9 – Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Thought: In this text, the wise man reveals the dangers of riches and poverty. When a man increases in goods, he turns from God. He feels self-sufficient. He begins to believe he no longer needs God. When a person is poor, his basic needs cannot be met. In order to have his needs fulfilled, he turns to a life of crime. In so doing, he takes the name of God in vain. The place of safety is in between the two extremes. In the middle, a person does not face these temptations to turn from God.
May 10, 2018
Proverbs 30:10 – Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
Thought: There are some people who are so evil that they do not hesitate to make false accusations against others in an attempt to bring harm to their lives. This passage warns against such behavior. Sometimes the charges are found to false. When this happens, the tables are turned. The one who brought the false accusations is the one who is found guilty and receives the curse. The key is to live our lives in honesty at all times.
May 11, 2018
Proverbs 30:11 – There is a generation that curseth their father and doth not bless their mother.
Thought: God is the architect and engineer of the home. It was he who saw the importance of both a mother and father in the life of a child. These are positions of authority. This means that parents must make difficult decisions at times. Sometimes these decisions are not liked by the child. Sadly, some children grow so angry that they cut off their parents from their lives. If they speak of them, they only speak evil. Children who do this are foolish. God commands them to honor their parents instead of cursing them.
May 12, 2018
Proverbs 30:12 – There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
Thought: It is very easy for man to believe that the things that he does are right and good and wholesome when, in actuality, what is done is sinful. It happens on a regular basis. Individuals lie, cheat, steal, get drunk, commit adultery and fornication, practice homosexuality, cuss, and gossip, but they believe that they are free from sin. They have not seen themselves through the eyes of God. If they did they would see the sin that stains their souls. They would see the need to be washed from their filthiness. Sadly, this is a look they are not willing to take.
May 13, 2018
Proverbs 30:13 – There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.
Thought: Pride in a man’s heart is a dangerous thing. The proud individual trusts in himself. He thinks of himself more highly than he ought to think. The proud do not see the need to be dependent upon God. The proud become their own gods. They fail to see their frailties and weaknesses. They do not want to admit their sins. Some seem to believe that even death will elude them. One day, the proud will be brought low. They will be shocked and dismayed, but their downfall is inevitable.
May 14, 2018
Proverbs 30:14 – There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Thought: There is a generation that measures its worth by what it possesses. Sadly, their heart of covetousness causes them to take advantage of those who are poor and needy. They eat them with teeth as sharp as swords and chew them up with jaw teeth like unto knives. They do not spare, even for their crying. What they possess is more important to them than people. Instead of serving, they desire to be served. They have, but what they have will one day perish forever and ever.
May 15, 2018
Proverbs 30:15 – The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough.
Thought: There are things in this world that take and never give back. They receive, but are never satisfied. The horseleach is a blood sucker that has two daughters that constantly cry: “Give, give.” There are other things in our world that are extremely covetous as well. The writer will write of these in the next verse. The things he will mention are part of the wonders of the world. By this we mean that they cause men to be in awe as they contemplate them.
May 16, 2018
Proverbs 30:16 – The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
Thought: There things that seem to be unrelated in our world that sometimes have a common characteristic. Here the inspired writer tells us of four things that never say: “It is enough.” We have all witnessed the insatiable appetite of these four things. Anything that is given to them is soon gone. The cry they make is: “I need more. Give! Give!” My friend, nothing will satisfy these four things.
May 17, 2018
Proverbs 30:17 – The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Thought: One of the teachings that runs throughout the Bible involves a child’s respect for his/her father and mother. Children who are stubborn and rebellious are constantly warned and condemned in God’s Word. The eyes often reflect what is found in the mind. The disrespect and obstinacy of a child can be seen in the eyes. The punishment of such a child involves having his eyes plucked out by the ravens and eaten by the young eagles. God has no tolerance for a child’s disrespect and disobedience to their parents.
May 18, 2018
Proverbs 30:18 – There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not.
Thought: Once again, the inspired penman is amazed by the things that he sees in nature. Sadly, so many of us are so caught up in our technology that we miss the wonders of nature. Because of this, we miss many of the blessings that God has provided for us in this world. We encourage everyone to get out. Take a walk. Look around. Do this for several days in a row. Be attentive to your surroundings. You, too, may see something that is “too wonderful” for you.
May 19, 2018
Proverbs 30:19 – The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of man with a maid.
Thought: The writer of this proverb was extremely observant of the things that he saw within the creation of God. He noted that these things were too wonderful for him. He watched the eagle fly effortlessly in the air. He saw the serpent as it quickly slithered upon the rock. He saw the small ship as it took command of the endless sea. He watched young men as they sought to win the affection of a maid. All of these things were marvels to him. Many continue to wonder about them today. What have you seen in the world that makes you stand in awe?
May 20, 2018
Proverbs 30:20 – Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
Thought: The adulterous woman is sinister and evil. She stalks her prey. When she finds one who is weak and vulnerable, she springs up him. She devours him with delight. She licks her mouth clean after her feast. She then proclaims: “I have done no wickedness.” She has hardened her heart to the sinfulness of her ways. She has no sting of conscience due to her wicked practices. Her sinful lifestyle brings her no shame. We all must be aware of our sins. They can entrap us and become who we are if we do not resist.
May 21, 2018
Proverbs 30:21 – For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear.
Thought: The author of the proverbs in chapter 31 is one who was a close observer of nature and humanity. He watched things and others very closely. When he saw relationships between things, he was able to group those things together. He is about to reveal some things that disrupt the peace and harmony of man. They disquiet the earth. The inhabitants of the earth have a difficult time bearing these things. Our author gives us an incentive to live our lives with our eyes open, to pay more attention to our surroundings. Today, look for something you have been missing.
May 22, 2018
Proverbs 30:22 – For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat.
Thought: Men find themselves in various stations in life. Usually, they are there because of their knowledge, talents, and experience. When unqualified men occupy high positions, there will be trouble. Here, the writer tells us that when a servant reigns the earth is disquieted. Too, when a profligate fails to reap the consequences of his wasteful lifestyle, he becomes more arrogant and evil. This, too, is something the earth cannot bear.
May 23, 2018
Proverbs 30:23 – For an odious woman when she is married; and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
Thought: The inspired penman notes two more things that cause the earth to be disquieted. An odious woman is a hateful woman. Her hatred is manifested in her attitudes, words, and behaviors. When married, her hatred is turned upon her husband. A peaceful home becomes a war zone. When a handmaid has a child and her mistress does not, there are major conflicts in the home. The handmaid feels superior to her mistress. She boasts and brags. Her child is in line for the husband’s inheritance. In such a situation, the home again becomes a war zone.
May 24, 2018
Proverbs 30:24 – There are four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise.
Thought: Again, the writer shows forth his quality of keen observation. He has looked at various little creatures within God’s creation and found them to be very wise. Physical strength often depends upon size. Wisdom does not. The smallest creatures can display great wisdom. The same is true of human beings. Some of the wisest men and woman have been weak and vulnerable individuals. Their wisdom is what made them exceedingly strong.
May 25, 2018
Proverbs 30:25 – The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.
Thought: The ant is a very, very small creature. Physically, the ant is not very strong. It is easy to stomp one to death. A puff of wind can blow him away. However, he manifests great wisdom in his ability to prepare. The ant knows the lean times are coming. While the harvest is plenteous, he stores and saves. Thus, when the cold settles in and food is scarce, he is well supplied. Man would do well to learn from the ant.