June 28, 2017
Excerpts from Proverbs 18.
My daily devotion brought me to Proverbs 18.
I present these selected verses that seem to be particularly relevant today:
1Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
(Addictions love secrecy. Have fellowship with others and God, for in doing so, the needs that addictions cannot satisfy are met in friendship with God and others.)
2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
(We look foolish if we cut off understanding of other people as we form our opinions.)
5It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.
(In the end the wicked will not reward you for your partiality, while those who remember the righteous God Himself will remember.)
9Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
(This is straight talk for those of us who are tempted to underperform in our vocations. Slothfulness is not morally neutral.)
10The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
(His name is Jesus, and He is indeed grace for the sinner, and hope for the weary. “Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.”)
12Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
(This is so much on display today in our political world, but truth be told, this verse is a warning for us all.)
15An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
(Before you expound on a subject, do your research on the matter. You could be wrong. If you don’t know something, see verse 12.)
17The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
(How relevant today, whether you sit on a jury, consume news media output, or form an opinion about anything.)
22He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
(On a personal note, the Lord favored me with a “good thing” 41 years ago yesterday. May all spouses work to be “a good thing” for their mates!)
24A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
(“What a Friend we have in Jesus, all and sins and griefs to bear.” He will never leave you and is ever present to hear your prayers. Would he who gave His very own body on the cross for you, not also give all that is needed today?)
Timely advice, no matter what time it is.