Day 152

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Proverbs 14:1-16:33

Bobbe Pennington, KidFusion Small Group Leader, Grades 4&5

What strikes me as I read through these proverbs are all of the comparisons made:
“A wise woman builds her house; a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.” (14:1)
“The talk of fools is a rod for their backs, but the words of the wise keep them out of trouble.” (14:3)
“Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.” (14:9)
“A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor.” (14:25)
“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who help the poor honor him.” (14:31)
“Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” (15:4)
“If you reject criticism you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.” (15:32)
“It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” (16:32)

In life, we have choices. The Bible gives us wise advice, which we don’t always choose to follow. Proverbs 16:2 tells us that “people may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.”
Seeking to follow God and His words of wisdom is a lifelong journey. In Christ, I have learned that this journey is MORE than just striving. In fact, the more I strive to make right choices, think pure thoughts, serve God with a whole heart…the more I see my shortcomings. Earlier in my walk with Christ, this led to discouragement, a critical spirit, and the sense that I could never be good enough. And that’s the truth! I can never be a perfect person. Jesus died to free me from myself. My Savior has saved me. His grace has led me into a relationship with a loving Father. His Holy Spirit teaches me as I am open to His words in scripture.

In life, we have choices.

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9 responses »

  1. Thanks Bobbe,

    I remember all to well my season of discouragement and the feeling that if I can’t get this right, why even bother trying.
    He patiently waited for me to realize just what path I needed to be on that would lead me back to Him. As my love and trust in the Lord grew, so did my desire to turn from the ways that took me further away. When I opened His word He began to speak into my life and provide signs of reassurance that I was on the right path like a trail of bread crumbs. He has been speaking into my life ever since, providing wisdom and discernment that far surpasses my education. He knew I was His all along, even when I was most defiant.
    The Lord allowed me to experience the things I had to experience to strengthen me as a person and to build a strong passion for life. Then He (at the perfect timing) showed me what I was doing wrong and where my focus needed to be to give it all meaning. He has filled me so full with His spirit that I can’t contain it. I share the good news with all that will listen. He helps me to know to whom I should speak and to whom I should only show by example. I could go on and on!!! All for His Glory!!!
    I am so grateful for His patience, love, grace & mercy.

    Like the song says, “No turning back”

    • Ray, I often think about your mom and dad. They would be so proud of you! Thanks for sharing your heart. Love this song. Love your heart for Jesus.

  2. The refrain that struck my eye was: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the ends of it are the ways of death.” Seeming right isn’t enough: we need to study and test and submit to God’s judgment any plan we launch out on. And we need to evaluate the results and change course as needed. The way of wisdom involves work: Proverbs tells us to seek, pursue, search diligently. But the benefits are worth it.

    Father, may we roll up our sleeves and get to work with all the strength and ability You’ve invested in us.

  3. I, too, went through a period of great discouragement. I was trying so hard to be the person I thought God wanted me to be… To be good enough for God. But the gospel, God’s “Good News”to the world, is that we can never be good enough and that salvation is not about being good enough. The gospel tells us that God loved us before we were even born, knowing full well every way we would fail but he sent his son Jesus to make a way for us to be reconciled to him anyway. God is both just and the justifier, having paid the price for our sins. If we truly understand this we will be so grateful that we want to please Him, following His ways and not our own leanings. Recognizing this is the way to true peace and freedom.

  4. 16:2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the Lord.
    Father, please examine my motives. I desire to choose Your way. No turning back. And when I do wander, thank You for leading me back to You, for there is no other way.

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