I can’t believe we’ve reached chapter 20! I have enjoyed going through Proverbs and have really felt God’s word stirring things up in my heart. God is good!
Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise. The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life. Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling. Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out. Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them. When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good. Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”? False weights and unequal measures — the Lord detests double standards of every kind. Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right. Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the lord . If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat! The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,” then brags about getting a bargain! Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies. Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners. Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth. Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice. A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers. If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness. An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end. Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the lord to handle the matter. The lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales. The lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost. A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them. The lord ’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive. Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love. The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart.
A few things really speak to me here. The Lord’s light penetrates our souls and exposes all hidden motives. This is so true! As my walk continues, I find that He exposes more and more of me heart and this can be difficult at times. I crave for Him to cleans me and heal me, yet it can be so painful at times. I know that the period of unpleasantness is worth the wholeness and freedom found in Jesus when He is done.
The Lord detests dishonesty. He detests it, that’s pretty serious in my eyes. Let me not take part in gossip, dishonesty, or anything at all that will make our great Creator look upon me full of detest. Let me live in the Light and please our Lord.
My prayer for today:
Lord, please penetrate deeper into my very core. I pray that you shine in and through us all. I pray that we do not flinch as you uncover pieces of us we would rather not see. You show us to free us, let us remember that. Help me to remember that i don’t gave to always understand Your ways, I only have to know that Your ways are good and lead me to a life worth living. Thank You for the Word and all the wisdom and truth given. I pray that we all take heed and follow where You lead. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.