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Proverbs 31:19

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy" - 31:19

A rich man's money can defend his interests, but the poor must rely on others to speak on their behalf. What are you doing to help the poor and needy? Is there any way you can speak out on their behalf? How can you do that more often and effectively?  Read how Elijah employed his prophetic ministry on behalf of the poor widow in 1 Kings 17:7-24 and then prayerfully consider how you can use your own gifts to help the poor in your own way.

Proverbs 30:10

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not slander a servant to his master,
or he will curse you, and you will pay for it" - 30:10.

If you have a problem with anyone, the best but not always the easiest way to handle it is to go to that person. Don't take your 'bad report' to others or even to God, that person's 'master.' Is it time you stopped complaining about someone to God and others and set up an appointment to see him or her? You can read how Jesus said to handle this problem in Matthew 5:22-24.

Proverbs 29:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Where there is no vision, the people perish" - 29:18 (KJV).

Vision is important for an organization or an individual. What do you see yourself doing and where are you living in five years? What price are you willing to pay to get there? What things must you do to fulfill that vision? Now ask yourself the same questions concerning your family, company or ministry. Read Joseph's 'vision' in Genesis 37:1-11 and then meditate on how that vision impacted the rest of his life. That is how your own vision should impact yours.

Proverbs 28:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"He whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall" - 28:18.

You may think you are not being observed, but you are. God is watching, and He will either preserve you, if your ways please Him, or trip you up, if your ways are not what they should be. Is there any area where you are actually sabotaging your own success? To see someone who suddenly fell due to perverse ways, take a look at a man named Haman in Esther 7.

Proverbs 27:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who looks after his master will be honored" - 27:18.

It requires humility and grace to serve someone else's vision, working for them like you would for the Lord. Yet God promises honor for those who do. Where or who is your fig tree? How is your attitude as you serve? Keep in mind that you are honoring God as you honor His servants.  Read about the woman who anointed Jesus in Matthew 26:6-13 and also what Isaiah said in Isaiah 26:13 to understand that the Lord is your supreme Master whom you must honor.

Proverbs 26:22

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man's inmost parts" - 26:22.

It can be difficult to resist gossip, whether giving or receiving, just like it's hard to to pass up good food! Why not choose today to harness the positive power of 'reverse' gossip and spread a good report about someone, building up his or her character and reputation in the eyes of others?  To see how damaging gossip can be, read Daniel 6 and see that his trip to the lion's den began with gossip the king accepted as truth.  To see the power in a positive report, read Acts 9:26-30.

Proverbs 25:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear" - 25:12.

Feedback from others, sometimes presented as criticism, is a valuable thing, not to be taken lightly. If you do not want or seek feedback, however, you can see it as an unwelcome intruder. How can you be more open to hear and receive what will only make you more effective, even if it can be difficult to hear? Read about a time when David received a rebuke of sorts from Abigail in 1 Samuel 25:1-35 and see how he listened and thus was kept from doing wrong and taking revenge.

Proverbs 24:6

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"For waging war you need guidance,
and for victory many advisers" - 24:6. 

You need a personal board of directors who can advise you on various aspects of your life and work. These advisers can be alive and well, or role models who left a legacy from a life well lived. Who serves on your personal board of directors?  What difference are they making in your life?  As an example of one who sought advice and one who did not, read 1 Kings 22.

Proverbs 23:19

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path" - 23:19. 

It requires effort to maintain a pure heart on a righteous path. God gave Solomon wisdom because he literally prayed for a 'listening heart.' How well do you listen to God?  How well do you listen to others?  How well do you listen to your own heart?  Read Solomon's prayer in 1 Kings 3:7-10, see what Jesus told the crowd to do in Matthew 15:10, then go do the same.

Proverbs 22:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” - 22:1.

What do you want your legacy to be when you are gone? If you amass wealth and prestige, you may be remembered for what you had. If you bless as many as possible while you are here, you will be remembered for who you are. I choose the latter. Which do you choose? You may also want to read 2 Timothy 1:15-18  to read Paul's report of a man with a good name.