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Proverbs 31:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Her husband is respected in the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land" - 31:23.

Sometimes God may use you to serve behind the scenes and make someone else look good. Can you be part of a team where others get the notoriety and credit, whether family, work or ministry? This requires humility and grace while also taking satisfaction that you at least have influence. You may wish to read Galatians 5:13-15 and Proverbs 27:18 to understand what you will need to be a good team player.

Proverbs 30:11

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers" - 30:11.

One of the Ten Commandments is to honor your father and mother. If your parents are alive, do you spend time with them? If not, in what tangible ways do you honor their memory?  In either case, do you bless them for giving you life?  Do something today that communicates your love and respect for your parents. You may also wish to read Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:1-3.

Proverbs 29:23

Your daily dose of Proverb:

"A man's pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor" - 29:23.

Pride gains God's immediate attention, but only so He can humble you. You are wise if you humble yourself before He has to do it for you. Has pride crept into your thinking, speech or behavior? Ask God to show you the reality of your heart before you answer. Read Psalm 138:6-7 and Proverbs 3:34 to get more insight into how the Lord relates to the proud.

Proverbs 28:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"He who keeps the law is a discerning son,
but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father" 28:7.

The Law directs you to treat your neighbor as yourself. A glutton puts the focus for life squarely on him- or herself. So are you a selfish 'consumer' or selfless lover of others?  Don't answer before you read Matthew 5:16-48 and 19:16-22.

Proverbs 27:10

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father" - 27:10.

Maintaining a friendship takes time and effort. Are there friends with whom you have lost contact? Why not get in touch with them today and start being friends again, not just in word, but in deed? Better yet, just call or write your friend(s) today to say hello. Proverbs has a lot to say about friendship, as you can see in Proverbs 17:17 and 18:24.

Proverbs 26:17

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Like one who seizes a dog by the ears
is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own" - 26:17. 

The lesson of this verse is simple: Mind your own business. Why get angry over things that don't pertain to you? In fact, why are you so angry about certain things at all? Don't take up an offense that isn't yours and don't be so quick to offer opinions that really don't affect you. For an example of someone who lost his life because he took on a "battle" not his own, read 2 Samuel 2:8-23.

Proverbs 24:27

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready,
after that, build your house" - 24:27.

You must have priorities in your life and work. If everything is important, then nothing is and, what's more, little gets accomplished. Are you working toward short-term relief of pressing problems, or long-term projects that will bring lasting results? Do you go to bed feeling like you got nothing done, or are you confident at the end of the day that you were true to your values and priorities? Jesus had priorities and He spoke of how to set them in John 8:28-29 and Luke 12:35-38.

Proverbs 23:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off" - 23:18.

No matter how bleak your world looks today, it can all change tomorrow with one meeting, phone call or idea. It may look impossible to you, but nothing is impossible with God. Don't abandon your hope and next year at this time you may marvel at where you were and how far you have come!  Read Jeremiah 29:1-14, Jeremiah 32, and Luke 1:47 and stir up your hope in God today.

Proverbs 22:19

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you" - 22:19. 

It is a wise thing to put your faith in God. Do you trust God today more than you did yesterday? What proof is there that you do?  What are you faith goals that only God can help you achieve? What are you trusting the Lord for that you will look foolish if He doesn't come through? Read what James had to say about faith and action in James 2:14-24 and then see how you can act out your faith today.