Good morning, let’s see what God’s Word tells us today.
Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring. Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth— a stranger, not your own lips. A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier. Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous. An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry. A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest. The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. Never abandon a friend— either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away. Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics. A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners. A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse! A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day. Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands. As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded. As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied. Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised. You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle. Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation. After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in, your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide the price of a field. And you will have enough goats’ milk for yourself, your family, and your servant girls.
What did I learn from this chapter today:
Today my heart was touched by a few things. The heart reflecting the true person was one. It reminds me of the importance of asking the Lord to transform my heart. Focusing on behaviors, habits, or tendencies will never really help, we must dig deeper and get to the core for true changes. Only when I have allowed Jesus into the very depths of my soul have I ever found true transformation. Anything less won’t last.
I am also reminded that a friend sharpens a friend. Fire purifies us. A reminder that we can challenge each other in ways that allow us to grow and gain perspective. Don’t shut people out just because you don’t like what they’re forcing you to see. Trials, stressors, and the unknown can purify us as our faith grows. I know that my faith has grown tremendously over the years. I can now look back and know that God has brought me through crazy situations and in such miraculous ways! He loves me, He is always working, and it’s never in the way I think it will work out.
My prayer for today:
Lord, I thank You for Your love and wisdom. I thank You for building my faith and transforming my heart. Holy Spirit, I pray that You cleans me, break these chains, deliver me from my sin, fill me with Your light and love. Burn away my desires for anything that is not of You. You are good, You are faithful, You are true. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.