Fall seven times

Meditate on this verse:

Indeed a righteous person will fall seven times, and then get up again, but the guilty will collapse in calamity, Proverbs 24.16.

Offer this prayer:

Father, keep me from falling. But if and when I do fall, give me the grit to get up again. Keep me on the way, in the light, behind the Lord Jesus.

Savor this thought:

God takes our weakness into account. The gospel contains every provision for our continued forgiveness.

Take this action:

Identify those moments when you are most prone to falling. God doesn’t want you to fall, 1 John 2.1. What justifications do you use for falling?

#most #falling #Proverbs

The righteous person escapes, Proverbs 12.13

“The evil person is ensnared by the transgression of his speech, but the righteous person escapes out of trouble.”

Proverbs 12.13

Evil is full of lies, obfuscation, half-truths, and self-interest. The righteous person is honest, true, transparent, unselfish. Righteousness pays!

For all the talk of how evil has the advantage, it’s really not true. In the end, evil suffers from its own undoing. God is in control and rewards the righteous!

#votd #Proverbs #evil

Knife to your throat, Proverbs 23.1-2

“When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you possess a large appetite.”

Proverbs 23.1-2

In some situations, extreme self-control is necessary, especially in those areas where we are weakest. If not, others will take advantage of us.

The first step to such self-control is to “consider carefully.” We must evaluate situations objectively, not emotionally. Otherwise, our passions will be our downfall.

#votd #Proverbs #self-control

The life of his animal

“A righteous person cares for the life of his animal, but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.”

Proverbs 12.10

As a creature made by God who created all good things, the righteous show their goodness in treating well even the animals under their care.

Animals are not equal to humans, but they do deserve proper care. A sign of wickedness is lack of compassion for those under one’s responsibility.

#Proverbs #votd #animals

Light of the righteous shines brightly: Proverbs 13.9

“The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked goes out.”

Proverbs 13.9

The righteous light, literally, rejoices. It is characterized by durable joy and produces the same. The wicked’s deceitful light cannot be sustained.

Righteousness permeates both the life of the righteous and his surroundings. Its power transforms. Purity, grace, virtue, and truth bless and redeem.

#votd #Proverbs #righteousness

Make the path level: Proverbs 4.26

“Make the path for your feet level, so that all your ways may be established.”

Proverbs 4.26

One must weigh one’s options, consider the right course, engage in practical planning, in order for one’s ways to be sure. Proper thought is needed. Lack of it is disastrous.

Evaluation and planning call for input. Scripture and the church best provide it. The world wants us to listen to it. We must counter its influence.

#votd #Proverbs #thought

Lend to the Lord: Proverbs 19.17

“The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will repay him for his good deed.”

Proverbs 19.17

The Lord prizes helping the poor. Indifference brings judgment. Kindness brings God’s reward.

Do I ignore the poor? Is that but a step removed from mistreatment? Why should the poor appear on my radar?

#votd #Proverbs #poor

Words of a gossip: Proverbs 18.18

“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; and they have gone down into the person’s innermost being.”

Proverbs 18.18

Words matter. What we choose to listen to, and revel in, affects who we are. They become a part of us, for good or ill. As always, evil has its initial appeal.

Never speak ill of anyone. We know that’s right, even if it’s practiced more in the breach. But never listen to anyone speak ill of another. That takes it to a whole new level!

#votd #Proverbs #gossip

Tips on how to reprove someone

The one who reproves another will in the end find more favor than the one who flatters with the tongue, Prov 28.23.

So how does one go about this in order to have a positive result, and not just dump criticism on the other?

I saw this article today and it reminded me of the verse above that I had read yesterday.

What suggestions would you give on how to reprove another?

#reproof #correction #Proverbs

A noble wife: Proverbs 12.4

“A noble wife is the crown of her husband, but the wife who acts shamefully is like rottenness in his bones.”

Proverbs 12.4

Nobility is strong character for righteousness. Such a wife honors her husband. The shameless wife “is like a disease which gradually wears down and weakens the bodily frame” (J.E. Smith, Wisdom Literature & Psalms).

Marry well by choosing a person of good character. Be a person of nobility by developing in your life the right living which pleases God.

#votd #Proverbs #marrriage

Poor is better: Proverbs 28.6

“A poor person who walks in his integrity is better than one who is perverse in his ways even though he is rich.”

Proverbs 28.6

Riches cannot make up for lack of integrity. The root idea of integrity is completeness, what is “entirely in accord with truth and fact” (TWOT/BDB).

Some things are more important than money. Will we allow the pursuit of money (think time on the job) keep us from being wholly devoted to God?

#votd #Proverbs #integrity

All the words of my mouth are righteous: Proverbs 8.8

“All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing in them twisted or crooked.”

Proverbs 8.8

So speaks the voice of wisdom in its appeal to all mankind. Who learns God’s wisdom can also speak righteous words. But the price to pay is an intense and unceasing search.

Where will we find wisdom? Not on Facebook, nor in a Google search, but in the Word of God. It deserves our constant perusal and meditation.

#votd #Proverbs #wisdom

A continual feast: Proverbs 15.15

“All the days of the afflicted are bad,
but one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”

Proverbs 15.15

The afflicted are those whose hearts are heavy because they let circumstances weigh them down. The cheerful heart is one who decides, in every case, to be joyful.

Our attitude affects our enjoyment of life. The decision to develop a positive disposition makes all the difference.

#votd #joy #Proverbs

Fools mock at reparation: Proverbs 14.9

“Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.”

Proverbs 14.9

“An intelligent man knows that sin cannot be justified and hence knows better than to try. Fools may know enough to recognize sin but are so lacking in good sense they resort to mocking as an ‘alibi’ for their evil deeds. A man who is righteous will gain the favor of God; if he makes a mistake he will make amends to God” (E.M. Zerr).

#votd #Proverbs #sin

The Lord tests hearts: Proverbs 17.3

“The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.”

Proverbs 17.3

What the Lord does in the life of his saints is similiar to the refining fire, to separate impurities in the heart from what is precious to him. The verse urges cooperation with this process.

How is the Lord testing my heart? What moments and situations is he using to purify my heart? How can I best cooperate with his testing?

#votd #Proverbs #trials