Day 13 already, I feel like we just started this study! Let us see what God’s Word will say to our hearts today.
A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction. Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence. Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace. Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin. Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor. The rich can pay a ransom for their lives, but the poor won’t even get threatened. The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed. The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death. A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person is headed for destruction. Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing. If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored. It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them. Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous. Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly. A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away. Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.
What did I take away from this chapter today:
As a woman who was once wicked and who now walks with the Lords, I feel thankful. I can attest to the death, destruction, and pain that occurs when you’re outside of God’s will. I can tell you that I was unaware of how destructive my life was until I began to accept God’s Love and Grace. I fought against Jesus for so long, felling like it would bring judgment and resentment into my life, I was do wrong. True Christianity is simply following Jesus. Accepting His freely given Grace and allowing Him to heal us brings such peace.
Jesus is greater, He is stronger, and He loves us all. Even when I was actively His enemy, due to actions of man, He still loved me. I choose His ways and to wait upon Him in all things.
He shows us the error of our ways and disciplines us because He loves us. I put boundaries in place for my own children, for their own good and out of love. How much more so does our Great Creator?
My prayer today:
Lord, thank You for not giving up on any of us. I pray that we all remember to keep our eyes on You in all things and to choose to do the right things always. Let us not succumb to the wickedness of this world as it is only temporary, You are eternal. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things.