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Proverbs 31:5

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Lest they drink and forget what the law decrees,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights” - 31:5.

God's word is clear: taken care of the poor! It is easy, however, to be 'intoxicated' with other thoughts and causes, and to forget your duty and responsibility to them. What are you doing to help those who have not? There are many verses about caring for the poor, but look at Galatians 2:7-10 to see what the apostles said to Paul about what was most important to his Gentile ministry.

Proverbs 30:20

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“This is the way of an adulteress:
She eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’” - 30:20.

It can be difficult to say, "I was wrong, forgive me."  And saying, "I'm sorry," is not the same as saying, "Forgive me." It is easier to blame someone else or to explain why you did or said what you did. Yet you cannot get forgiveness unless you acknowledge what you have done to God and others. Is it hard for you to say, "I messed up"? Perhaps reading 1 John 1:8-10 will help you understand why this is so important.

Proverbs 29:13

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: 
the Lord gives sight to the eyes of both” - 29:13.

There should be no class or economic distinctions in the body of Christ. Both rich and poor must remember that God is the Father of them both. Yet it is up to the privileged to reach out to the less so.  What are you doing to fellowship and befriend those of less economic means than you?  James, the brother of Jesus, spoke to this very issue in James 2:1-13.  Read it to better understand what today's verse is trying to convey.

Proverbs 28:9

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law,
even his prayers are detestable” - 28:9.

Prayer is no substitute for obedience. You cannot do what you choose and then pray to ask God for help. Prayer should flow out of a relationship with the Lord that includes studying and obeying God's word, which contains His revealed will. What plan do you have in place to grow in your knowledge of God's "law"?  Jesus addressed the need for obedience as well in Matthew 7:21-23.

Proverbs 27:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“He who is full loathes honey,
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet” - 27:7. 

Do you appreciate what you have or do you take it for granted?  Sometimes God will allow you to go without so you can appreciate what you have and what He is about to give you, as described in Deuteronomy 8:1-18. Can you thank God for your current situation even if you lack?

Proverbs 26:24

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit” - 26:24. 

Jesus stated in Matthew 12:33-35 that your mouth speaks out of what is in your heart.  Therefore, if you want to "clean up" your speech, you have to work on your heart!  What heart area, like cynicism, sarcasm, or arrogance, may be affecting your speech more than you realize?  What steps can you take to correct the problem?

Proverbs 25:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“These are the proverbs of Solomon,
copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah” - 25:1.

If God is going to be glorified, He must work through people and that includes you. It is good to be humble, but you can still talk about who you are and what you can do. Are you willing for God to use your name and face to accomplish His purposes?  Can you surrender your desire for privacy for Him? Jesus was a public figure and you can read about how busy He was in Mark 3:20-22.

Proverbs 24:14

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;
if you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off” - 24:14.

If you are worried about the future, then work to obtain wisdom today! You will have what you should do today, what you will need to face future challenges and be able to leave a legacy.  Jesus referred to this when He spoke the words recorded in Matthew 6:20-22

Proverbs 23:10-11

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you” - 23:10-11.

God watches out for the weak and poor. Your job is not to contribute to their problems or to ignore their plight.  What are you doing for the poor and needy?  How can you do more?  Be reminded of your duties as a "religious" person by reading James 1:27.

Proverbs 22:21

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
teaching you true and reliable words,
so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you” - 22:20-21. 

There is power in writing and the content can be read and reviewed again and again, making it a great teaching/learning tool. Is there writing or some other creative expression in you that you are avoiding? What are you afraid of?  How can you get started or improve? Read the Lord's direction to the prophet in Habakkuk 2:2-4 and see if it applies to you as well.