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Read devotionals for August 2017
September 1, 2017
Proverbs 21:26 – He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
Thought: The slothful man has longings and desires that he wants fulfilled. However, he is not willing to expend the necessary energy to acquire these things. The righteous, on the other hand, work and toil diligently. Not only can they provide for their own needs, but they also have enough to share with others. Two different mind sets. Two different actions. Two different outcomes. Which one will you cultivate for your life?
September 2, 2017
Proverbs 21:27 – The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
Thought: Wicked people often go through the motions of religious acts. They go to “church.” They sing and pray and listen to the sermon. However, there is no contrition in their heart for their evil deeds. Their worship is disgusting to God. The wicked can also assemble with wicked plans and schemes in his mind for that day. His “showy” worship means nothing. In fact, if his mind is filled with wickedness while in the presence of God, his sacrifice is even more of an abomination.
September 3, 2017
Proverbs 21:28 – A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth, speaketh constantly.
Thought: Two individuals are in view in this verse. The first is the false witness. He speaks lies against another in order to pervert justice from being given to the innocent. This person will perish. The second person is one that hears the testimony of the false witness and has the courage to speak out against him. He knows his words are lies. He is not willing to let them pass. He speaks constantly in order to correct the injustice caused by the false witness. Thank God for honest and just people.
September 4, 2017
Proverbs 21:29 – A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
Thought: Reception of the truth is very important in the lives of all men. Some, the wicked, harden their faces toward it. They reject it. Often, they will ridicule it. Too, they will become enemies of it. The upright, however, receive the truth. They “direct” their way, that is, they set their way in the right direction. Which person will you be? Will you harden your heart to the Word, or, will you set your life in a direction that harmonizes with it?
September 5, 2017
Proverbs 21:30 – There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.
Thought: There is no wisdom, understanding, or counsel of man that can prevail against the Lord. One might think he is having success against God for a time, but God always overcomes. Man just does not have the wisdom that God has. He cannot think and reason like deity. Man’s thoughts are tiny in comparison to the thoughts of God. Thus, it is essential for men to trust in the Lord and lean not unto their own understanding.
September 6, 2017
Proverbs 21:31 – The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.
Thought: The horse is a powerful animal. Man has the ability to train him for warfare. Man, however, must remember that his strength is not in the horse. The horse is just a tool. Safety on the battlefield is of the Lord. It is by God’s strength that His armies prevail. It is God that provides both protection and victory. He uses men, horses, and weapons to accomplish His purposes. Man must never mistake the tools of victory as the means of victory. Salvation is of the Lord!
I Samuel 17:47
September 7, 2017
Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Thought: There are times when people spend their energy in the wrong things. They pursue great riches and accumulate silver and gold. In the process, they forget about their name, that is, their reputation. They also forget to add positive qualities to their lives such as grace or loving favor. Riches without a good name are worthless. A good name without riches is priceless. Silver and gold without the Christian graces are of no value. A holy demeanor without silver and gold is priceless.
September 8, 2017
Proverbs 22:2 – The rich and the poor meet together: the Lord is maker of them all.
Thought: Man divides human beings into all types of categories. Some refer to this as “identity politics.” Males and female. Young and old. Rich and poor. Black and white. City and country. Educated and uneducated. The reality is that all men share more in common that they have in differences. We are all created by God. We all have needs. We are all sinners. We all stand in need of a Savior. We will all die. We will all stand before God in judgment. These are the important things. These are the things that cause the rich and poor to meet together.
September 9, 2017
Proverbs 22:3 – A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Thought: The prudent are those who have learned from instruction, from experience, and the experiences of others. These individuals have the ability to see the consequences of evil actions. This knowledge causes them to hide themselves, that is, to refrain from wickedness. Others are simple. They are stubborn, rebellious, inexperienced, and giddy. Instead of protecting themselves from evil, they pass on, and are punished. So many things could illustrate this point: alcohol, drugs, pornography, affairs, etc.
September 10, 2017
Proverbs 22:4 – By humility and fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.
Thought: When man possesses certain spiritual attributes, doors are opened unto him that bring reward. Humility and the fear of the Lord are two qualities that can bring positive things to one’s life. The humble do not overestimate himself. The humble understands his weaknesses and fears. The humble know he must rely upon others. The fear of the Lord is respect and awe shown to one who is superior and who is worthy of honor. If we practice these two things, we are well on our way to riches, honor, and life.
September 11, 2017
Proverbs 22:5 – Thorns and snares are in the way of the forward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
Thought: This verse teaches the necessity of a person’s being extremely conscience of his soul and how he lives his life. The inspired penman stresses the need for keeping one’s soul. The word “keep” means “to guard, to protect, to attend to.” The idea is that of having a guard on duty to watch and observe. It involves putting a hedge or wall around something for protection. Those who keep their souls will keep themselves from both thorns and snares. Who seriously desires either of those things?
II Samuel 18:9-14
September 12, 2017
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Thought: This verse is doubted by many parents who feel that they trained their children properly, only to have them depart from the faith once they were grown. Several points could be made about this. First, this is a proverb, a rule, and rules have exceptions. Second, some parents may need to give serious thought to what they thought was training? Third, this verse could refer more to how parents “bend” their children. Their children have desires and talents. The parent sees these and bends the child in that direction. All of these are possible solutions to a verse that has troubled many.
September 13, 2017
Proverbs 22:7 – The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrow is servant to the lender.
Thought: The proverb found here is a simple statement of the truth. Sometimes we do not have control over our financial position. We do, however, have control over the second part of the statement. We do not have to be borrowers. Sadly, some are servants to multiple lenders. They are debt so deep that they feel like they will never get out. The trick is not to get into debt in the first place. Trying to fulfill our immediate needs through debt can ruin our future enjoyment of life.
September 14, 2017
Proverbs 22:8 – He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity; and the rod of his anger shall fail.
Thought: Clarke states: “The crop must be according to the seed” (e-sword, Clarke). This is a law that is so apparent, so simple, yet so neglected. What is the end of drunkards, drug addicts, and the sexually perverse? They reap vanity. “Vanity” can defined as “trouble, wickness, and sorrow.” We see it every day. When vanity comes, the rod with which he smites others fails, that is, it comes to an end. It is sad to think that the horrible end of those who sow iniquity can bring relief to others. Dear readers, our lives impact more than just ourselves.
September 15, 2017
Proverbs 22:9 – He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
Thought: In the previous verse, we learned that the wicked reap what they sow. Here, we learn that the bountiful person, that is, the one who is benevolent also reaps what he sows. Those who relieve the poor and the oppressed shall be blessed. What we give to others, it a type of sowing. There will a crop to be harvested from our giving. That crop can involve such things as joy, honor, and perhaps, more physical blessings. Trust the promise. “He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed.”
September 16, 2017
Proverbs 22:10 – Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
Thought: There are some people who do not need to be included in our fellowship if we desire our fellowship to be peaceful and harmonious. The scorner is one of those individuals. He treats spiritual things with scorn and contempt. He loves to raise questions. He enjoys causing a commotion. His mouth is full of questions and contention. When he is cast, the fires of strife are put out. Fighting and arguing cease. Without his presence, brethren can dwell together in unity.
September 17, 2017
Proverbs 22:11 – He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
Thought: Kings hold important positions of power. Their duties require that they surround themselves with many people. The king looks for those of knowledge and experience. But, knowledge and experience are not all he desires. He wants those of a pure heart, those who are honest and trustworthy. Too, he looks for people who know how to speak to him properly. They are not just “yes” men. They will speak both positive and negative things to the king. Trustworthy, gracious, knowledgeable, and experienced people quickly become the king’s friends.
Genesis 41: 39-46
September 18, 2017
Proverbs 22:12 – The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
Thought: God is invisible. God does not speak directly to man today. God does not operate miraculously today. Thus, many fail to remember that God is alive and active in our world. “The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge.” Through His divine providence, God makes sure that truth is lasting and never destroyed. As the words of the patriotic hymn say: “His truth is marching on!” But, the opposite is true of the words of the false teacher. God overthrows his words.
I Peter 1:25
September 19, 2017
Proverbs 22:13 – The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
Thought: The slothful, lazy man looks for every excuse for not putting his talents and ability to work. Here he refuses to labor in the field because it is possible that a lion will eat him. In our society, we give incentives to people that keep them from working. They really do not need incentives. All they need is one piddling excuse. We would laugh at his excuses, if his worthless state were not so serious.
September 20, 2017
Proverbs 22:14 – The mouth of a strange woman is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.
Thought: The strange woman is the harlot. She uses her words to tempt and entice. She knows how to lure with kindness, courtesy, and flattery. The end of yielding to her is like falling into a deep pit. There is great harm. Too, there is no escape. The man who yields to her is the one who is abhorred by the Lord. He is despised because his heart is not right with God. “…the man who stands in fellowship with God is armed against this syren voice” (e-sword, Keil & Delitzsch).
September 21, 2017
Proverbs 22:15 – Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Thought: Children come to this world as an empty slate. If they are not trained, they gravitate toward fun, play, and mischief. Thus, it is the responsibility of parents to properly discipline their children. Part of this correction is “the rod.” There are times when spankings are appropriate. If done with firmness and love, the foolishness of the child can be driven away. The child learns how to talk and behave and interact with others. It is a blessing to deal with children who received correction.
I Samuel 3:13
September 22, 2017
Proverbs 22:16 – He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
Thought: Both actions mentioned in this verse are evil. The first expresses greed within the heart. Only a greedy man would take from the poor to increase his riches. The second action involves evil intentions. What does a rich man need with more riches? The gifts he receives are often bribes that bring favors to the gift giver. Individuals who are influenced in wrong ways by riches will ultimately come to want. They will find that the trust they have put in riches is ill-founded.
September 23, 2017
Proverbs 22:17 – Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
Thought: To gain wisdom, there must be strong desire to do so. One must long to hear. The wise writer exhorts his readers to “bow down thine ear.” This involves the intentional desire to hear the words of the wise. One does not want to miss a drop of what is said. Hearing alone, however, is not enough. There must be the application of that knowledge to one’s life. Do to this the heart must ponder the knowledge received. It must ask the question: “How can these things be applied to life?” When head and hands are engaged, one is pleasing to the Lord. When heart and actions correspond, one finds favor with God.
September 24, 2017
Proverbs 22:18 – For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them with thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
Thought: The words of the wise bring joy, happiness, peace, and security when they are applied to one’s life. They must also be kept with a person. They must be applied at all times. If we depart from them at any time, the blessings of following God’s Word can depart from us. If we have them with us, we will also be able to share them with others. They will pour forth from our lips as a blessing to the lives of others as well.
September 25, 2017
Proverbs 22:19 – That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
Thought: God has revealed His wisdom and knowledge to man so man can put his trust in the Lord. God is faithful. God cannot lie. What God says is true. He will never go back on His promises. What God says is exactly what He means. Aren’t you glad God has revealed His will to us.? We do not have to speculate about God’s will. The writer states: “I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.”