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Written by | January 25, 2017 | 0
Verses 1-4 – These verses contain some important instructions for the present generation. Many children have become disrespectful of their father’s instructions, as well as anyone else in authority. This creates havoc in society. I thank God for the Christian youth who are serving God and are respectful to their elders. These ones are making a difference in their circle of friends. But, at present, they are a minority. We should all remember to pray for our young people. Throughout Scripture, children are admonished to obey their parents. The Bible also instructs fathers to be the right kind of parent. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with a promise; that it may be well with thee, and

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 25, 2017 | 0
Verse 33 – Proverbs makes many comparisons between good and evil, stating what will befall both the wicked and the righteous. Today, we think of “cursing” as foul language, or blasphemous words against God. Our definition usually is synonymous with “swearing.” Swearing is a form of cursing, but only a small portion of what it means in the Bible. Biblically speaking, cursing is not only speaking evil of someone, but also invoking harm upon them. According to the Bible, evil comes upon a person under a curse. Evil circumstances, sickness, or tragedy occur in their lives. This evil is not coming from God, but rather, Satan. When we follow and obey God, we receive His blessings. Sin produces corruption in our lives and opens the door for curses to come upon us. If

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 25, 2017 | 0
Verse 30 – We might phrase this admonition as “Don’t start a fight without a reason.” Some people just love to argue. Verse 31 – Sometimes it seems that oppressors are better off than those seeking to do what is right. However, Psalm 37:1-9 tells us not to envy such people or choose to follow their ways: “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 25, 2017 | 0
Verse 27-28 – The Bible records much practical advice concerning finances, including instructions regarding payment of loans or services rendered. If we have enough money to reimburse a loan or pay for the work someone did for us, we should pay promptly and not put it off. Many friendships are strained if the borrower puts off paying back what was given to him as a temporary loan. These verses say that if we have it, we must not turn our neighbor away and ask him to come back later. How should we respond to situations in which we are asked to help someone? If we are able, we should help those in need, but this does not mean giving money to everyone that asks. There are many “con artists” in the world. Rather, these verses refer to neighbors and friends, meaning that we are

Thought for the Day

Written by | January 1, 2017 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 1 – Most of the book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon, whom the Bible calls the wisest of men apart from Christ Himself. “So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart” (1 Kings 10:23-24). Since God Himself imparted wisdom to Solomon, we can benefit from what he penned. God bestowed upon Solomon the ability to write and compose music: “For he was wiser than all men… And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five” (1 Kings 4:31-32). God continues to grant many people these same abilities today that we all may be blessed through writings and songs that come from His heart. Solomon

Thought for the Day

Written by | November 30, 2016 | 0
Thought for the Day Verses 15 and 17 – The theme of correcting children is addressed many times in Proverbs. This indicates how important it is to discipline our children. As we have seen in several other studies, it is necessary that we do several things if we desire our children to bring us delight and not shame. Here is a quick summary of what we have already studied on Day 97, Day 222 and at other times: First, we need to realize that correction is an integral part of raising a child in God’s ways. It is not an option if we desire to have joy and not shame from our children. Second, we must administer correction with the rod (spanking). Young children need the discipline of a spanking from time to time, though it must never be administered in anger, which can lead to abuse.

Thought for the Day

Written by | November 30, 2016 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 12 – We know that a ruler who keeps company with liars, is also corrupt himself. Those who are wicked do not want men of integrity around them, so the officials they choose to serve them will also be wicked. It goes back to the old adage: “Birds of a feather, flock together.” Verse 13 – Although the poor and the deceitful may be worlds apart in their manner of living, both receive sight from God. Mankind has been bestowed with life and blessings that come only from God. He created the earth for all people, even those who do not acknowledge that it came from Him. He gives us eyes and sunlight by which to see valleys, mountains, rivers, animals, and all creation. He causes the sun to shine on the good and the evil. He sends rain on the just and

Thought for the Day

Written by | November 27, 2016 | 0
Thought for the Day Verses 5-6 – Hunters in ancient times used nets in several ways to ensnare birds and animals. In the same way, flatterers can spread two sorts of spiritual nets, setting a snare for others. With one net, a flatterer manipulates people to do what he wants. With the other, he entangles them in pride. The one who has these nets set for him can escape them through discernment and God’s guidance. Eventually, all flatterers will be tripped by their own nets. An evil man’s sin is like a snare, for it influences and entraps others to sin with him. This is how many people have fallen into a snare of drinking and partying, becoming addicted to alcohol, drugs, or crime. They may not have had an interest in taking drugs, drinking, or stealing, until friends encouraged

Thought for the Day

Written by | November 21, 2016 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 23 – If the body of Christ is to mature, we must conform to Jesus, who is the truth. “That we henceforth be no more children…But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ…” (Ephesians 4:14-15). Giving an honest rebuke is part of speaking the truth in love. This is often difficult to do, since we risk the anger and rejection of the person rebuked. However, we will eventually be appreciated more than a flatterer. A true friend will appreciate our honesty, for it shows genuine concern. Lying flattery leads someone to continue in error. Many portions of Scripture admonish us not to lie to each other, such as Colossians 3:9-10. A news organization recently did a survey here in America and

Thought for the Day

Written by | November 10, 2016 | 0
Thought for the Day Verse 25 – Today’s verses lay out a plan for the profitable management of an ancient Israelite’s resources. We can learn from these instructions and devise a model for modern household management. “Hay” was made in Israel by leaving cut grasses in the fields to provide forage for livestock during the dry season, and also bundling it for future use. Grass emerged again when the rainy season began, but reserves could be used in the meantime. The business principle we derive from this is that we should retain a cash reserve to carry us through “dry spells.” This is especially important for businesses that are seasonal in nature, such as tourist services. This principle for households would mean putting money aside for emergencies, such