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Proverbs 31:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings” - 31:3.

Your relationships should be godly and life-giving.  Are there any people in your life who are hindering your ability to go forward and be the person God wants you to be? Then perhaps the coming year is when you make some adjustments that will enable you to give your energy and attention to your purpose and goals and not to so many dysfunctional people.  You may want to see what Jesus had to say about your relationships in Matthew 10:34-39 and then make any changes based on what He said.

Proverbs 30:4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and the name of his son? 
Tell me if you know!” - 30:4.

If you were given a quiz on your faith and the Bible, how well would you do?  What goals can you set in the coming year that will enable you to grow in the knowledge of your faith, the Bible and the Lord Himself? Your goals should not only be to increase learning, but to apply that learning to godly living.  It is the longest psalm, but perhaps you can end the year by reading Psalm 119 and note the connection between the Word and holiness.  If you would rather listen to that psalm, you can do that here.

Proverbs 29:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father” - 29:3. 

What you do impacts others, for good or not. Your love for wisdom and your desire to apply it will be a blessing to your family, whether natural or church. So how can you show your love for wisdom in the coming year in a way that will bring others joy? You may want to read James 3:17-18 to get some ideas of how to love and apply wisdom. 

Proverbs 28:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“He who keeps the law is a discerning son” - 28:7.

If you are to keep the law, you must first know the law. What goal can you set for next year that will give you more knowledge and understanding of God's word? What are your reading and learning goals for next year? Now is the time to give that some thought! Look at Colossians 1:9-12 and see how you can achieve the spiritual growth goals Paul outlined there.

Proverbs 27:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what  day may bring forth" - Proverbs 27:1. 

You should live every day like it is your last, while at the same time setting ambitious long-term goals. What can you do to maximize this day?  What can you plan today that canbe done in twenty years, one day at a time?  To understand the tension between the long- and short-term, read James 4:13-17 and Luke 12:16-21

Proverbs 26:6

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence
is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool" - 26:6.

This verse seems a bit extreme in its analogy, but it shows that God puts a high premium on faithfulness.  You carry the most important message that Jesus was born to save men from their sins. Are you proclaiming it every chance you get? Read 1 Peter 3:15 to see the kind of eager response the Lord expects you to give to all who ask.

Proverbs 25:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable” - 25:3.

A King was born in Bethlehem and His name is Jesus. The goodness and mercy in His heart are unsearchable, but the Word of God reveals them to us. Celebrate the coming of Christ today and every day and never lose your wonder for the King of glory and His love for you! Read Ephesians 2:3-5 and be reminded of God's great love for you today!

Proverbs 24:20

Daily dose of Proverbs:

“. . . And the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out” - 24:20.

The Christmas story is one of good triumphing over evil. Herod tried to kill the baby Jesus and almost succeeded, killing others in the process.  Yet Herod died, his kingdom came to nothing, while Jesus and His flock will live forever! Jesus leads his people to victory, even overcoming death on their behalf. You may want to read 2 Corinthians 2:14 and 1 Corinthians 15:53-55 to remind you of the victory you have in Christ.

Proverbs 23:22

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Listen to your father, who gave you life” - 23:22. 

There are those in your life who have spoken to you and brought life and help. It is good to know who those sources are and to return to them for regular help. Ideally, this is in your family, but it can also be a ministry, author or mentor. Who speaks and it brings vitality into your life and work?  You may want to read Hebrews 13:7, which also speaks to listening and learning.

Proverbs 22:2

Daily dose of Proverbs:
“Rich and poor have this in common:
the Lord is the Maker of them all” - 22:2
All have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.  The Christmas story reinforces this truth that all men need a Savior.  The way of the life is the same for everyone and riches or poverty are irrelevant in God's eyes. Are you proud of your riches or angry at your poverty? Both attitudes are foolish. Take some time to read Romans 3:22-24 and reflect on its meaning in light of today's verse.