Day 14 and I am feeling great about this study. Doing such large chunks does make it difficult to dig very deep, but I am enjoying how the Word speaks to my heart in different ways as I read. Hope you are feeling the same way!
A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. Those who follow the right path fear the Lord; those who take the wrong path despise him. A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe. Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies. A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding. Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips. The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves. Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy. The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the godly will flourish. There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains. Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward. Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated. Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly. The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many “friends.” It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor. If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness. Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness. A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor. Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing. People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness. A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him. The wicked are crushed by disaster, but the godly have a refuge when they die. Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools. Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people. A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him.
What did I learn from this chapter today:
I want to be a wise woman and I am conscious of building up my home. I realize how my actions have a huge impact on my family. I have a choice every day. If I find myself in a place of feeling resentful and self righteous, I know I am walking the wrong path. Then it is time to step back, repent, examine and lay it all down before the Lord. I want to be wise in my relationships.
Honesty and hard work are important. As I read about the honest and godly will prevail, I am reminded that it may not be on this planet. Those that accept Jesus as our Savior will be rewarded in heaven. It’s important that we keep our eyes and hearts on eternity.
A peaceful heart heals the body. I can attest to the fact that I have lost a good amount of weight this year, and it happened while I was going through the process of healing old wounds. As God heals me, I become free. It’s amazing the work He does when asked. He desires to free us from the bonds we inflict upon ourselves. We only need to allow Him to. Only I get it the way of the beauty Jesus wishes to bring into my darkest places within.
I am also reminded to pray for our nation, as Godliness makes a nation great.
My prayer for today :
Lord, humbled I come before You and thank You for the love and healing You have given me so freely. I don’t deserve it, yet You show such grace and kindness. I pray that you continue to work on this heart and to shine into my very core. I want to let You in completely. I pray that all who read this will do the same. That we choose the Living Water You offer us all. That we recognize the path You lay before us and choose life. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things.