Welcome to day 18 (ish) 🙂
My Pastor said something that struck me the other day. We need to fill ourselves with God’s wisdom so that it can counteract our flesh. Let us be filled.
Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense. Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt. Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook. It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent. Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips. Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart. A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe. The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety. Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor. Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish. The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit? Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people! The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins. Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents. An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars. Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the lord . The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
What did I learn from this chapter today:
Mostly I keep thinking about filing myself with God’s Word so that my heart and soul are drenched in His wisdom. As we read these words in Proverbs, we must remember that they are God breathed. He repeats valuable lessons that we are better off learning sooner rather than later. He cares for us, Jesus loves us and wants the best for us. These words are here to keep us from unnecessary pain and tragedy. Restriction is never the goal, freedom is found here.
My prayer for today:
Lord, fill my very core with You words, Your wisdom and Your will. I know that when I truly follow in Your ways, I find true freedom. I pray that this freedom expands through every aspect of my being. You are kind, You are love and You are the mighty Healer. Heal me Lord, love me, deliver me and guide my steps. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.