Day 16 is here. I have had a tough few days, spiritually and am looking forward to hearing God’s word.
We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord , and your plans will succeed. The Lord has made everything for His own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster. The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished. Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the Lord , people avoid evil. When people’s lives please the Lord , even their enemies are at peace with them. Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest. We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. The king speaks with divine wisdom; He must never judge unfairly. The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; He sets the standards for fairness. A king detests wrongdoing, for his rule is built on justice. The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; He loves those who speak honestly. The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise will try to appease it. When the king smiles, there is life; His favor refreshes like a spring rain. How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver! The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe. Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud. Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful. The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive. Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools. From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on. Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze. A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends. Violent people mislead their companions, leading them down a harmful path. With narrowed eyes, people plot evil; with a smirk, they plan their mischief. Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life. Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.
What I learned from this chapter today:
Well a few things stuck with me while reading this. God created all things for a reason, including evil for its day of destruction. He created you and me for a reason. We have purpose, even if it’s not clear at the moment.
I always feel like I should be doing more in life. Lately, I’ve learned to pause and reflect on the work I am doing on God’s behalf. This is the work that truly matters. Am I shining bright in the midst of darkness? Am I pausing and waiting on the Lord in all circumstances? Do I pray for the people He brings into my life? Do I allow Him to speak through me?
The life God offers is one of love, forgiveness, peace, and patience. I trust in Him in all things.
My prayer for today:
Lord, I pray that You show me the way through the trials before me. Like a small child taking their mother’s hand in a crowd, I cling to you and know that You will bring me through it safely. I yearn for Your wisdom and Your guidance in all things. Carve Your words into our hearts. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.