Today’s reading is: Prov. 14-16
Proverbs Chapter Fourteen
- The believing wife and mother either builds up or tears down her house through her spiritual wisdom or foolishness (Prov. 14:1).
- Being productive means messy work (Prov. 14:4).
- True witnesses witness the truth, and liars tell lies (Prov. 14:5). Perhaps this goes without saying, but being precedes doing.
- Learning the Word of God is easy for those to whom He has revealed Himself (Prov. 14:6).
- Following personal righteousness, rather than the wisdom of Divine righteousness, is a dead-end road (Prov. 14:12; 16:25).
- Wisdom makes the believer patient (Prov. 14:29), peaceful (Prov. 14:30), and pitiful (Prov. 14:31).
- Graciousness honors God as a wise believer imitates Him (Prov. 14:31).
- God fearing believers, walking in the light, provide blessing by association to a nation (Prov. 14:34).
Proverbs Chapter Fifteen
- Wisdom learns how to answer with gentleness, and not add fuel to the fire (Prov. 15:1).
- The Lord sees what we are going through (Prov. 15:3).
- It is our heart-attitude which makes our offerings to the Lord acceptable or unacceptable (Prov. 15:8).
- Wisdom allows a believer to rejoice always (Prov. 15:15; 1st Thess. 5:16).
- Temporal-life poverty for the believer in fellowship is better than temporal-life prosperity for the believer in carnality (Prov. 15:16; 16:8).
- Wisdom allows for a believer to have an intimate prayer ministry before the Lord (Prov. 15:29).
- The fear of the Lord is a prerequisite for wisdom, even as humility is a prerequisite for glory (Prov. 15:33).
Proverbs Chapter Sixteen
- Chapter sixteen begins Solomon’s proverbs of comparisons (synonymous parallels) & completions (synthetic parallels).
- Wisdom recognizes Divine sovereignty over our thoughts, words, and deeds (Prov. 16:1,9).
- Wisdom recognizes God’s eternal purpose in the outworking of His perfect plan (Prov. 16:4).
- Wisdom in the heart of a king is a blessing, but wickedness in a king is an abomination (Prov. 16:12-15).
- Wisdom teaches the believer to observe pride as the primary danger sign for additional sin problems (Prov. 16:18; Job 41:34; Ezek. 28:17; 1st Tim. 3:6).
- Wisdom teaches the believer to be an encouragement to our fellow believers (Prov. 16:24; cf. 15:23; Eph. 4:29; 5:19).
- Wisdom recognizes the advantages of Godly experience (Prov. 16:31), Godly patience (Prov. 16:32), and a Godly preference (Prov. 16:33).