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In the Beginning, God

Putting God in the beginning of all we do!

Don’t Fight; God Always Wins

Today’s reading is Proverbs 20-21.

“No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel
can avail against the Lord.”
Proverbs 21:30

Why bother? Why even try to go against God? Why not just do what He says? Do you honestly think you can trick Him? Beat Him? Outmaneuver Him? Out think Him? It’s not going to happen. Look, you don’t tug on superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger, and though someone finally came along and beat Jim (ask your parents, maybe your grandparents), no one will ever beat God. Quit beating your head against a wall, just surrender to Him and do what He says?

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 22-23.

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Break Up a Marriage in One Easy Step

Today’s reading is Proverbs 18-19.

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.”
Proverbs 18:2

I didn’t have to get too far in today’s reading to find a proverb that is in competition with yesterday’s for being my worst proverb yet. And I couldn’t help but think what failing at this proverb will do to our relationships, especially marriage. Let’s put God in the beginning of all our relationships by seeking to understand each other before we spout our opinions. Let me know how it works for you.

Today’s reading is Proverbs 20-21.

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My Worst Proverb

Today’s reading is Proverbs 16-17.

“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise,
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”
Proverbs 17:28

Well, I’m leery of adding anything to this one. I’m bringing it up today merely because it is the one I have the most trouble living by. I think I’ll just be quiet now.

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 18-19.

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The Fear of the Lord

Today’s reading is Proverbs 14-15.

“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.”
Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the Lord is not a popular topic. Many believe it is a terrible motivator. The proverbialist thought otherwise. He saw the fear of the Lord as a fountain of life, which one might say produces the river of life. If the springs of our life come forth from our heart, then a healthy dose of the fear of the Lord in our heart will make sure that what springs forth is the fountain of life. Of course, this isn’t talking about the abject terror of facing a fickle God from whom you never know what to expect. This is the healthy reverence for the God whose word of judgment you know and believe. One of the reasons we can love the Lord is because we know exactly what we need to fear about God and what we don’t. Nevertheless, capitalize on a healthy reverence, awe, and fear of God in order to have life spring forth from your heart.

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 16-17.

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A Friend of the Wise

Today’s reading is Proverbs 12-13.

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Proverbs 13:20

What comment really needs to be added to this proverb? As I heard growing up, “If you lied down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.” Or when I was a little older, “If you hangout in a barbershop, eventually you’ll get a haircut.” However, you want to say it, the people you spend the most time with and rely on the most are going to impact you. While we must all make contact with, interact with, show compassion and care to those who are against God, we must make sure our best friends are those who will lead us to wisdom.

Monday’s reading is Proverbs 14-15.

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Search and Find

Today’s reading is Proverbs 10-11.

“Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.”
Proverbs 11:27

There it is. We all end up with what we are looking for. The proverb is not saying only good things happen to people who are looking for good things and only evil things happen to those searching for evil. In any given moment, the one seeking good may experience evil (even Jesus experienced that). But, in the end, we all end up with what we were looking for. God won’t bring a judgment in eternity other than exactly what we were seeking throughout out lives. If you are diligently seeking Him, you will be with Him in eternity. But if there is something you are seeking more than Him, that is where you will be in eternity. So, what are you seeking today?

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 12-13.

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A Litmus Test for Wisdom

Today’s reading is Proverbs 8-9.

We know fear is the beginning of wisdom. We know humility is the key to wisdom. In Proverbs 9:8, we learn the litmus test for wisdom. The wise can take reproof. And oh, I have a long way to go. But there it is. How do you react when someone disagrees with you? How do you react when someone reproves or instructs or challenges you? If you scoff, ridicule, dismiss, then you are pretty much a fool, a scoffer, and a wicked person (Solomon’s words, not mine). But if you love the one who reproves, learning still more, and becoming more wise, you are one of the wise. Let’s grow together on this one.

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 10-11.

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All Sins Are Not the Same!

Today’s reading is Proverbs 6-7.

Certainly, all sins are the same in the eyes of God; but we are not simply living before the eyes of God. According to Proverbs 6:30-35, all sins are not equal in the sight of men. If you steal a man’s food when you are hungry, when you repay, he will not despise you. If you steal a man’s wife, though you multiply gifts, don’t be surprised when he hates you forever. I know, we are to forgive as Christ forgave us. But let us never forget our sins have earthly consequences as well, don’t be surprised when men and women view the betrayal of adultery differently than gossip and tail-bearing. Don’t be surprised when men and women view murder differently than cheating on your taxes. Even the proverbialist saw a difference. I don’t say this to make any who have already committed these sins feel even more guilty, but rather to warn those who are thinking of them. Go ahead and ask those who have committed these sins if what this proverb says isn’t true.

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 8-9.

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Keep Your Heart

Today’s reading is Proverbs 4-5.

“Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.”
Proverbs 4:23

Our lives stem from our hearts. Everything we say begins in our hearts. Everything we do begins in our hearts. Every place we go begins in our hearts. Everything we are begins in our hearts. Our hearts then are of utmost importance to our lives and future. That is why God says we need to keep or guard or protect our hearts. If our hearts are damaged, defiled, distorted, our entire lives will be also. How do you protect your heart? Cover it up with God’s Word and wisdom, its the only inoculation and insulation against the distortion of the world on your heart. Keep your heart; it will change your life.

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 6-7.

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