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Proverbs 30:15

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“The leech has two daughters. ‘Give, give!’ they cry” - 30:15.

Someone once said a mature person is one who gives more than he or she takes.  A leech is a taker, one who literally sucks the life out of another. Are you a taker or a giver? A whiner or an encourager? A builder of people or a user of people? What can you do to be a blessing to those around you today? You can read about two "leeches" in Numbers 22 and Acts 8:9-23.

Proverbs 29:11

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control” - 29:11.

Notice this verse does not say that anger is wrong, but acting out of anger is foolish. If you direct your anger toward action to correct a wrong, attitude or habit, then you are wise.  If you just bluster and blow with no redemptive or corrective action, then you are indeed a fool. What role does anger play in your life at present?  In Mark 3:5, we see that Jesus was angry yet He did not sin, which indicates it is possible to use anger as a motivating and not destructive force.

Proverbs 28:20

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“A faithful man will be richly blessed,
but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished” - 28:20.

There are no shortcuts to God's blessings, and faithfulness is the key. Plus, there are many more blessings beyond finances.  Do you desire to be rich or blessed?  Can you be content with what you have and not wait for more before you serve and reach out to others?  Jesus addressed this issue in Luke 16:1-9

Proverbs 27:17

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” - 27:17.

You need people in your life who will challenge you and help you grow. That means they may not always tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. Do you have these people in your life? Who are they and how can you draw even more from them?  Do you play that role for someone else? As a good example of this, read how Nathan "sharpened" King David in 2 Samuel 12:1-14.

Proverbs 26:16

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who answer discreetly” - 26:16.

Have you ever noticed how creative you can be to come up with excuses for why you are not doing something you want to do? Most laziness is rooted in some kind of fear, but you 'spin' that fear into something that makes more sense.  What are you favorite excuses?  What can you do to overcome them?  See how Jesus confronted procrastination in Luke 9:58-62.

Proverbs 25:7-8

Daily dose of Proverbs:

“What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?” - 25:7-8.

How often have you jumped to conclusions before getting all the information?  How often have you fretted over something you thought would happen but didn't? You must learn to observe but not jump to conclusions until you have all the information. To see an example of people who jumped to the wrong conclusion based on what they saw, check out the story in Joshua 22:10-34.

Proverbs 24:32

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw . . .” - 24:32.

If you don't pay attention, you will miss things that are happening right before your eyes. When you are distracted with worry, pride, or selfishness, you easily miss someone's body language and their unspoken messages to you. How observant do you think you are?  As a good example of this, look at Jesus' powers of observation when He watched the people giving their offerings in Luke 21:1-4.

Proverbs 23:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
note well what is before you" - 23:1.

There are two types of leaders: those who take and those who give. You should not assume all leaders are against or for you, but should consider his or her values before you decide to follow. Once you decide to follow, you should submit to his or her leadership. Are you a godly follower?  How do you know one way or the other?  Read about what it takes to be a godly follower in 1 Peter 2:13-21.

Proverbs 22:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful" -22:12.

God is active, keeping watch over or frustrating people according to their degree of faithfulness. If you are frustrated right now, could it be a result of your own unfaithfulness to pray, give, or bless?  Are you being your own worst hindrance where God's help is concerned? Check out Proverbs 19:3 to understand more of what today's verse is saying to you.

Proverbs 21:20

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil,
but  a foolish man devours all he has” - 21:20. 

Wisdom always has something to give to others.  Fools consume what they have on themselves. Do you waste your creative energies on worry and anxiety?  Are you always in "receive" mode when you should be in "give"? What steps can you take to stop consuming what God gives you?  What do you think Paul meant when he wrote that God will make you "rich in every way" in 2 Corinthians 9:11?