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Proverbs 30

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Proverbs 30

The author of this proverb has a great insight regarding riches. If we are too rich, we may deny Him. However, if we are too poor, we might steal and dishonor His Name. He is wise enough to realize that if the Lord simply provides for his daily needs, that is all he really needs.

Verses 11-14 reminded me of what we see happening in our society. There is a generation rising up who curses their parents, are pure in their own eyes, arrogant and condescending. They are proud, and their mouths speak things which cut like a sword. This generation has not been taught the way of wisdom and discretion. The NLT gives a good insight into this in Proverbs 29:18: “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.” What an apt description of what we see happening today. Their actions are much like the adulterous woman – they do wrong, then act as if there was nothing wrong with their behavior. (Proverbs 30:20)

If I were to offer you a glass of water, then tell you it has one tiny drop of strychnine in it, would you drink it? Of course not! How wonderful it is to know that when we “drink” of God’s Word, we never have to worry about being poisoned because every Word of God is pure! Digging into the Word will help us avoid being like the generation mentioned in the paragraph above. The Lord will also be a shield to us because we have taken refuge in Him. What a wonderful promise in these times!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Proverbs 29

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Proverbs 29

I have previously mentioned knowing someone who was arrested on drug charges. Even after being warned and rebuked multiple times by those who love him, he remained stiff-necked. I couldn’t help but think of him as I read the first verse. It tells us that person will be destroyed and without remedy. This man is in his fifties. His drug charges have caused him to lose his job and his car, and the house he is living in currently has no power. What pain and turmoil could have been avoided, if only he had listened to the wise counsel of those who love him!

While a fool will vent all his feelings, the wise will hold them back. They have the power of the Holy Spirit to help them stay under control so they don’t sin with their mouth or their actions. A wise man has learned there are times to just be still and silent.

We see more insight on how important it is to use wisdom in parenting our children. No one else is responsible for raising your children! Correction provides them with wisdom, and helps them avoid a wrong path. By investing in our children with loving discipline, they will bring delight to us as we watch them grow.

“Where there is no understanding of the Word of the Lord, the people do whatever they want to, but happy is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18 NLV. I have mentioned before how even the church is biblically illiterate, let alone the rest of society, who has zero interest in following the Lord. Based on this scripture, is it any wonder that our nation is in such a moral mess?

We see that scoffers can set a city aflame, yet wise men can turn away wrath. How? The best way we can turn away wrath is to pray for our nation. I believe our nation is under judgment right now, but that doesn’t stop me from praying the Lord thwarts any evil intents of our leaders. Just as Esther was called ‘for such a time as this,’ we may also be that one person who can change the course of a nation through our intercession!

Don’t discount what one person’s prayers can do!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Proverbs 28

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Proverbs 28

I started reading one section of Psalm 119 every day, turning it into a prayer. Throughout that long portion of scripture, you find God’s Word described as His decrees, precepts, statutes, and the law. Being I was doing this every day, those words began to stand out to me as I read other portions of scripture. When I came upon verse 9 of this Proverb, my jaw dropped because I saw it in a completely new light. It tells us that when we turn our ear from hearing the law (God’s Word), our prayers are an abomination. To me, this means that when I willfully choose to neglect getting into the Word of God, my prayers are an abomination to Him. I never saw it like this before! What a strong word for us!

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Why would our prayers become an abomination to the Lord? I think James 4:3 explains it well. It is because when we pray, we have wrong motives. We come to God like He is a genie god – there for our every wish and command. We treat Him flippantly, instead of reverently. When we choose not to get into His Word, it is usually because we are putting our agenda first. We are to seek His kingdom first. (Matthew 6:33)

Verse 14 tells us that happy is the man who is always reverent. Honestly, for me to be truly reverent of the Lord, I must spend time in His Word. I cannot have a truly reverent attitude toward the God of the universe if I am not meditating and learning more about Who He is.

There are several other benefits listed in this chapter, but I am not going to address them because I feel the most important message in this chapter is the importance of not neglecting His law. It is imperative for His children to be in His Word!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Proverbs 27

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Proverbs 27

When the Lord led me to stop reading other books, and start reading only the Bible, I was like a hungry soul. Even the bitter parts of the Word became sweet to me. While reading the books of prophecy were disturbing at times, they were also sweet because I was beginning to understand so much more and ‘connect’ the dots. I also began to see that even in His judgment, His mercy can still be found.

A prudent person can foresee evil and hide himself. The best place to ‘hide’ is in the shadow of the wings of Almighty God. We can prepare for the apocalypse, buying food, medical supplies, items for bartering, etc., but if we fail to hide in the shadow of His wings, and in His Word, all of our preparation is in vain.

Friends can sharpen one another like iron sharpens iron. Whenever I have been with one of my closest friends, you can see it in my countenance. We have deep discussions on spiritual things, hammering out meanings, and how to apply the Word to our daily lives. It is invigorating to have those precious times together, and it shows on our countenance, just like the Word says.

Occasionally, when studying the Word, I will pull out a different version for a fresh, new insight into a verse. I found this in verse 18 of the New Life Version. “He who cares for the fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who cares for the one he works for will be honored.” As I pondered on what this means, it occurred to me that when we work diligently and honestly for our employer, it gets noticed by others and by the Lord. I have seen that in my own job. We unexpectedly lost a senior member of our team shortly after I started working in the department. No one knew how to keep things updated in the computer, but in this position, it is imperative to keep things up to date. Patients’ lives depended upon it! I kept working on the computer system, playing around with it until I could figure out how to accomplish the task. I continued to stay on top of any updates and changes, even though it technically wasn’t just my job. I did it because it was the right thing to do. After five years of this, that diligence paid off when I got a big promotion. It reminds me of Galatians 6:9, where it tells us not to become weary in doing good because at the proper time, we will reap a harvest.

Be diligent! You will be rewarded!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

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