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Proverbs 31:4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel-not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer” - 31:4.

Leaders do not exist to serve their own needs and desires but to serve the highest priority needs of others. What's more, leaders must not be intoxicated with power or their own importance. What kind of leader are you?  What kind do you want to be?  Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar and Herod are examples of poor leaders; Joseph, Joshua and David are examples of good ones. For an explanation of what makes a good leader, read what Paul had to say about Timothy in Philippians 2:19-23

Proverbs 30:32

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“If you have played the fool and exalted yourself,
or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!”-30:32.

Where your job, future and promotion are involved, can you trust Him, or have you taken matters into your own hands? You can and must prepare for success, but your path to that success is in His hands. Can you trust the Lord for your future? You may want to read the words that have encouraged so many about planning for the future in Jeremiah 29:10-14.

Proverbs 29:2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan” - 29:2.

King David learned more about leadership from Saul than anyone else - he learned how not to lead. What are you learning from your leaders, both good and bad, that will shape your own leadership philosophy? Are you consciously applying that to your life, family, work and ministry?  Review Paul's requirements for being an elder in Titus 1:6-9 and see how many of those traits you can incorporate into your own character, whether you are a parent, corporate exec or a pastor!

Proverbs 28:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;
but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding” - 28:12.

Bad leadership causes gifted people to go into hiding, taking their gifts and creativity with them. What kind of leader are you? Do you even want to be a leader?  Will people give their best for you?  How can you develop as an effective leader? If you are a follower, have you "checked out" due to a poor leader?  Take some time to read about Nehemiah's leadership skills and see what you can learn to get the kind of results he got in Nehemiah 6:15-16.

Proverbs 26:14

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed” - 26:14.

What are you living for? Your next meal? Your next holiday? The coming weekend? Your favorite sports team? The next installment of your favorite TV show? Don't waste or wish your life away one day at a time as you move from one event to another, trying to deaden your boredom pain or forget your sorrows. Find something that gives you energy and you can do with enthusiasm, and stop sleep walking your way through life! Paul had divine energy or power when he worked (see Ephesians 3:7). How can you have this same kind of energy and power? Hint: It will involve something related to your purpose, something that gives you joy and not something that only serves to deaden your brain and senses.


Proverbs 27:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it” - 27:12. 

Discernment is an important skill in work and life.  Knowing when to proceed and when to wait requires you to watch and listen and be ready to move quickly or not at all. Most people tend to emphasize one or the other (wait or go).  What can you do to be more prudent in your relationships and decisions? Are you delaying or rushing an important decision or action?  Read what David did to develop his prudence and discernment in 1 Chronicles 14:8-17

Proverbs 25:27

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor” - 25:27.

Honor is in God's hands and He shares it with whom He wishes.  A promotion or accolades are under His control, so why fret when you are overlooked or passed over?  When the time is right, He will honor you - and God knows how to do it well.  Therefore, stay faithful and steadfast, and leave the rest to Him!  To reinforce this concept, read Psalm 75 and then look in Esther 6 to see how God honored Mordecai who had been faithful.

Proverbs 24:1-2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Do not envy wicked men,
do not desire their company;
for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble” - 24:1-2.

It matters who your friends are and with whom you spend your time.  Do you have people in your life who are helping you fulfill your purpose or people who are draining you of life and energy? Maybe it's time to reassess the company you keep (even family). Paul gave us a principle to remember in this regard in 1 Corinthians 15:33-34.

Proverbs 23:21

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“. . . for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags” - 23:21.

You have a purpose and fulfilling it should cause you to be in training, so to speak. Is your lifestyle such that you have energy to be productive, or are you addicted to food, drink, television, sleep, the Internet or dime-store novels?  Perhaps it is time for some changes, for if you want what you don't have, you must begin doing what you have never done. Read what Paul had to say about purposeful discipline in 1 Corinthians 9:27 and 2 Timothy 2:2-7.

Proverbs 22:6

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

 "Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it” - 22:6.

Whether parent, teacher, immediate family or friend, you have an obligation to help train the children in your life in the ways of God. Into what youth are you investing yourself?  If you aren't, it's time to find some and start investing! And if you are a grown child, are you true to the ways in which you were trained and raised? If not, it's time to get back on track! Read what Paul had to say about raising godly children in Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 3:21.