Sunday Devotional: Proverbs 1:1-7

“The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
For learning what wisdom and discipline are;
for understanding insightful sayings;
for receiving wise instruction
in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced,
knowledge and discretion to a young man—
a wise man will listen and increase his learning,
and a discerning man will obtain guidance—
for understanding a proverb or a parable,
the words of the wise, and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:1-7)

Solomon, King of Israel and son of King David, wrote these words here that are applicable to this day.  Solomon was regarded as the wisest man who ever lived.  He knew that ultimate wisdom and knowledge comes from the Lord.  He knew that truth, righteousness, justice and integrity comes from the Lord.  And he knew that to grow in those things comes from the Lord.

Today, we should learn from Solomon.  We should seek out learning from the Lord.  We should grow in our honoring of the Lord in our words and actions.  We should seek righteousness, justice, integrity, knowledge, learning.  We should listen and hear from the Lord and then do what He says.

This week, let us seek after the Lord.  Let us listen and follow Him and grow in wisdom and love.

Sunday Devotional: Proverbs 15:1

“A soft answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)

Solomon was one of the wisest men who ever lived.  He talked in Ecclesiastes how there is nothing new under the sun.  One thing that has constantly been with us (due to our sinful nature) is our use of words to hurt people.  In this day and age it is prevalent in social media.  We see instances over and over again of how harsh words hurt people.  “Trolling” has become a phrase that is unfortunately well known by many.

Even in Solomon’s day, harsh words hurt people and stirred up anger.  But a soft word turns away wrath.  A kind word can make a whole lot of difference in someone’s life.  The apostle James in his letter to fellow believers talked about how the tongue can do so much damage if left unchecked.  In our sinful nature our words can cut to the core if not used wisely.

But as followers of Jesus, we are called to use our words to bless people.  We are called to praise God and to show love and kindness to others.  When a harsh word is given to us, we are not to respond in like manner.  We are to give a soft answer in response.  It can be difficult sometimes given how we still have a sinful nature inside us but we do have the Holy Spirit working in us making us more like Christ.

This week, let us show Christ’s love through our words.  Let us give that “soft answer” and if a harsh word is given to us, let us forgive and show love in response.  Christ has forgiven us for our harsh words, let us do the same.

Sunday Devotional: Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

These verses are some of the most well known and well cited in all of the book of Proverbs.  The verses bring simple and honest truth but they have a lot of depth to them.

We all need direction in our lives.  God can (and wants to) direct our paths because He knows what’s best for us.  We have to trust Him and acknowledge that He’s in control.  Is that easy?  No but it’s worth it.  It’s worth trusting in Him.  We can’t do it on our own, with our own understanding.  We need Him to lead us and to guide us.  Ultimately He’s in control, we need to acknowledge that.

This week, let us lean on God.  We can trust Him because of all that He’s done for us (not the least of which is send Jesus to die for our sins so we can have a renewed relationship with Him).  Let us trust Him as we go down the paths set before us.