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Proverbs 31:8

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute” - 31:8.

The poor and disenfanchised have no one to speak up and stand for them. Jesus was clear that their needs must be part of your life and work. What are you doing to help those who cannot help themselves?  You may want to read what James wrote in James 1:27 and James 2:1-4.

Proverbs 30:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One” - 30:3. 

The more you learn about God, the more you realize how little you know. It is important to walk in humility and have a proper assessment of your own spiritual poverty and God's grace toward you. I wonder if this is what Jesus talked about when He mentioned, among other things, being poor in spirit in Matthew 5:1-10?

Proverbs 29:16

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall” - 29:16.

This is why you can turn the other cheek and bless those who treat you badly. Either they will repent or God will bring justice, so either way, the righteous "win."  Can you trust that God will eventually make all things right and judge the wicked? If so, then read Matthew 5:43-48 to see how you should behave in light of this trust.

Proverbs 28:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“The wicked man flees though no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion” - 28:1.

A lion is not timid, passive or concerned what anyone else thinks. A lion goes where it wants, eats what it wants and hunts in a team. What can you learn from the lion's example today? How bold are you when it comes to your purpose and goals? How aggressive are you in evangelism and prayer?  You may want to read 2 Corinthians 3:11-13 and Hebrews 4:16 to better understand how to express this boldness. 

Proverbs 27:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds” - 27:23.

This verse urges you to pay close attention to the things and people around you. What does your "world" - your desk, house, car - look like to others?  And what about those closest to you?  Do you notice when they are down, sad, or even angry?  To do so, you must be interested and take the time to see things through the eyes of others. For examples of this, look at Luke 21:1-4 and Luke 5:20.

Proverbs 26:15

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth” - 26:15.

What a silly picture of someone who puts food on his fork but doesn't bring it to his mouth!  Yet if you start something and don't finish it, it can be just as foolish. What are you putting off finishing and what is stopping you from doing it? You may also want to see what Hebrews 6:12 has to say about the cost of laziness.

Proverbs 25:13

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy
messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters” - 25:13.

You have been entrusted with the message of life to give to others. Are you a faithful messenger?  If so, then you not only are a blessing to those who hear, but also the One who gave you the message! To see an example of trustworthy messengers at work, take a look at Acts 4:23-31

Proverbs 24:11

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter” - 24:11.

People who don't know the Lord are in danger of spending eternity out of God's presence and favor. You have the words of life that can rescue them from their dilemma.  Are you sharing those words of life with whomever will listen? You may want to read Ezekiel 22:30-31 and Isaiah 59:15-16

Proverbs 23:20

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat” - 23:20.

It is possible to be a Christian but be a selfish one. You can concentrate on taking care of yourself at the expense of others around you.  What are you doing to share your blessings or do you keep them all for and to yourself?  What can you do today to "feed" someone else? You may also want to read what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:17-19 and notice that he was writing about believers!

Daily Questions

I started a new daily series on Twitter, called What Would Jesus Ask?  Each day I present a question from one of the gospels that Jesus posed to His disciples.  I think He is still asking those questions today! Subscribe to follow me on Twitter @johnstanko and use these questions as part of your daily devotions and meditation.  For example, today's question is:

What would Jesus ask:  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:27.