Devotions From Proverbs Devotional S, Proverbs: A 31

Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey His commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise Him forever! Psalm 111:10 Daily Bible Devotions: A 31-Day Journey Through The Book of Proverbs is a collection of my reflections on the Book of Proverbs, which is perfect for daily reading as there is a proverb for EVERY day to help YOU live the Abundant Life!

You are invited to read all the way through from start to finish or jump to whatever day of the month it may be. For example, if you’re here on the 10th of the month, click on Day 10 below and read that devotional. If you’re here on the 30th, jump to the 30th and so on.

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My prayer is that this 31-day journey into God’s word will provide wisdom, hope and that it will prove to be a light unto your path.

God Bless!

~ Dr. Z

Daily Bible Devotions

Proverbs is the book of wisdom and given to us for instruction, insight, and knowledge. Let’s spend a month diving into some of my favorite principles from the book of Proverbs and see what we can learn together!

Daily Bible Devotions: Day 1

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding. Proverbs 1:1-2

In elegant simplicity, the Book of Proverbs begins with a road map to help us along the journey to fulfill the very purpose for which the book was written. Wisdom is gained; it is experienced. It is not something that you can download onto your mental hard drive, and it all starts with following the clearly designated steps that have been laid out in this treasure map.

If you want to be wise (able to skillfully utilize the information that you’re exposed to) and, if you do not want to be gullible (able to discern truth from falsehood), then simply pour yourself into the very God-breathed inspiration that was designed to guide you in your quest. The Book of Proverbs is truly an experience. You will be challenged, encouraged and corrected as your submit yourself to these pithy sayings. Make it your aim to implement the sage advice found in these verses featured as a daily proverb, and sit back as you watch how a new layer of the Abundant Life unfolds before your very eyes!

Daily Bible Devotions: Day 2

My son, if you will receive my words, and treasure my commandments within you… Proverbs 2:1

It happens at different points in each person’s walk. Slowly familiarity settles in. The awe and wonder cease. Next thing you know, someone becomes desensitized to the power of God’s Word and the inevitable happens…

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To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first…” (Revelation 2:1-5)

You see, the Ephesians were a mighty people. They persevered in the face of persecution. They did not grow weary, nor did they welcome sinful people in their camp. They were wise and tested people before they received them as leaders. Yet, somehow (somewhere) things changed in their heart. In the process of having their lives totally transformed by their Savior – the manifested Word of God – many of them left their first love.

We’ll never really know, on this side of eternity, what this means specifically; but from what Christ says next, I think we have a pretty good idea. From what we can tell, they lost discipline, which is why the Lord admonished them,

“…Remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first.”

Even though the Ephesians excelled in several areas, they allowed laziness to creep in and were told to go back to the basics. This should lead us to assume that they strayed from the Scripture. At its core, treasuring God’s word and taking heed to what He tells us in the pages of the Bible are the hallmark of the Christian experience.

How about you? Have you left God’s word aside for a season? Have you lost your love for reading the Scripture and treasuring His commands?

If so, the remedy is brilliantly simple: “…Remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first!

Daily Bible Devotions: Day 3

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days and years of life, and peace they will add to you. Proverbs 3:1-2

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When people think of the commandments of God, they typically think of the Ten Commandments and a bunch of “thou shall not’s.” Oh, what a tragic stereotype! God’s laws and teachings are so much more; they are actually life-giving!

Violating the Law of Physical Abundance – feeding your body with toxins like sugar, preservatives and other chemicals will ultimately lead to cancer, chronic disease and premature death.Violating the Law of Mental Abundance – not stimulating your brain and spending too much time in front of the TV will ultimately lead to cognitive atrophy, leaving your brain more susceptible to developing dementia and even Alzheimer’s.Violating the Law of Emotional Abundance – allowing fear and worry to settle in about the many “cares of life” will ultimately lead to anxiety, stress, and depression.Violating the Law of Financial Abundance – wasteful, rash spending habits during the working years of life will either prevent retirement altogether, or will ultimately lead to little extra money to enjoy the Golden Years.

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Violating the Law of Occupational Abundance – working at a J-O-B that you hate just to pay the bills, and never striving to find a more fulfilling line of work, will ultimately cause you to resent what you do for a living. You be robbed of your life’s purpose, because a majority of your day will be spent doing something that has no meaning.Violating the Law of Social Abundance – using and treating people as a means to an end will ultimately push them away, which will leave you either alone or with superficial relationships that are not lasting.

Jesus said it this way,

“I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.” (John 12:50)

God’s commands are eternal life, Jesus says, but what does this really mean? Well, if someone doesn’t respect the law of gravity by jumping off the roof of their house onto the concrete 30 feet below, they’ll likely end up with a broken leg or even worse! In the same way, someone will suffer if they violate the laws of sowing and reaping that God has set in motion since the beginning of time.

Daily Bible Devotions: Day 4

But the path of the just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until the perfect day . Proverbs 4:18

If there were ever a life-verse that should define our walk with God, this is it!

The secret gem to take home with you here is that Solomon describes the path of the righteous as a journey. Like Paul said “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”(Philippians 3:12)

Isn’t that gloriously reassuring!?!

You see? We are all under construction, which means that we should all be patient with each other, and especially with ourselves as well! What a sweet reminder to also embrace the struggles along the way, because they are certainly inevitable.

At the same time, there is a stern admonishment here as well. Our brightness is THE indicator of how closely we are walking with him, and it should be getting brighter every day! If it’s not, then we know something is wrong.

Granted, we all have those occasional dark, crummy kind of days. Just don’t make it your habit, get right back on the horse and start shining for the Lord again! As long as you keep on keeping on, your light will eventually shine through. Even on the cloudiest days, the sun will peak out sooner than later – we need to press through during challenging seasons to, and not let the gloomy seasons get the best of us.

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

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(Matthew 5:16)

Daily Bible Devotions: Day 5

Drink water from your own well – share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone? You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers. Proverbs 5:15-17 (NLT)

Let’s talk about sex for a minute. Yep, sex!

Whether you’ve been happily married for the past 30 years – or you are a teenager still trying to find your first date to the school dance – having the proper perspective on sex is critical in our culture.

The key distinction of Biblically minded sex, in contrast to worldly-minded sex, is that it’s for married folks only. That means EVERY variety of “sex” that you can think of. No Bill Clinton excuses will last long in God’s court!

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