Today’s reading is Esther 9-10 and Proverbs 1.

Now and Later: Those are the choices we have. We either pursue what gives us the most pleasure now and sacrifice later, or we sacrifice now for what will give us the most pleasure later. In many ways, it really does boil down to that. Those who are greedy for unjust gain (see Proverbs 1:19) are focused on now and don’t realize that their present pursuits will destroy their own life later. Choosing later is often unpleasant right now. It often means giving up what will give the most momentary pleasure for something that is boring, uncomfortable, sometimes even painful. But in the end when it yields the peaceful fruit of God’s righteousness, we’ll be glad we chose later. Put God first by choosing later over now.

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 2-3.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, if this is the first time you’ve ever read Proverbs, you are in for a treat. I know that some of the statements will be confusing. But, it is a great book full of plain old, practical, heavenly wisdom. It will tell you how to treat your parents, your siblings, your neighbor, your friends. It will tell you how to handle money, relationships, God’s Word. It will talk about what will make your life better and what will make your life worse. The problem is each chapter is full of so much that you might not get anything out of it for being overwhelmed. So, each day, listen for just one statement that really grabs your attention. Right that one down in a notebook and then spend some time thinking about it and how it can change your life.

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