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Proverbs 31:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The sayings of King Lemuel - an oracle his mother taught him" - 31:1. 

Wisdom is best imparted in a family setting and is usually not appreciated until the children are older. Are you applying the good advice that your parents imparted to you as a child? If you are a parent, are you regularly teaching this same kind of wisdom, even if your children complain or seem to reject it?  Teaching the next generation was part of God's command to Israel as you can read in Deuteronomy 4:9-10.

Proverbs 30:5

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in Him" - 30:5

The Lord makes Himself known and present in your life through His Word.  Therefore, His Word is your lifeline and support.  How much time are you spending reading, studying and memorizing His Word?  What more can you do?  Is He truly your shield and do you take total refuge in Him in times of trouble?  Read what the psalmist had to say about the Lord and His Word in Psalm 119:113-115 and then renew your efforts to make God's Word your source of help, comfort and guidance.

Proverbs 29:20

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him" - 29:20.

How often have you rushed to judgment, upset over something that may happen but seldom does? You fuss and fume, only to expend a lot of emotional energy over nothing. Usually you say and think things you should not. Confront this pessimistic tendency or you will find a problem in every situation, leaving you a victim of your surging emotions and anger. As an example of someone who almost lost their healing over this tendency, read Naaman's story in 2 Kings 5:1-15.

Proverbs 28:26

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he walks in wisdom is kept safe" - 28:26. 

It is all too easy to underestimate your potential and the power of your ideas. That's why you need other people speaking into your life if you are to walk in wisdom. Who are your coaches and mentors?  Who challenges and broadens your perspective on life and purpose? Who is on your personal "board of directors"? As an example of the kind of input and encouragement you need from others, read about the encounter that Jonathan and David had in 1 Samuel 23:16-18.

Proverbs 27:2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
someone else, and not your own lips" - 27:2. 

God can do great things through people who don't mind if others get the credit. Are you willing to see your ideas and work used for the good of others without them knowing you were the source of the blessing? At the same time, the verse says to allow someone else to praise you.  How easy is it for you to receive a compliment or honor? To see how someone answered both those questions posed, check out the story of Haman in Esther 2:19-23 and then Esther 6.

Proverbs 26:4-5

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be just like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes" - 26:4-5. 

To answer or not to answer?  Some people are ready to hear and others aren't. You must rely on God's guidance to know what to say and when to say it to whom. How sensitive are you to the receptivity of those with whom you speak? To see how Jesus handled this challenge, read John 12:48-50.

Proverbs 25:2

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings" - 25:2. 

God 'hides' things so you will seek Him for clarity and answers. This seeking cannot be passive, but must involve active asking, listening and journaling. Are you seeking the Lord for any answers and direction right now?  Don't' give up until you have what you need from Him. Read what David had to say about seeking the Lord in a time of need in Psalm 27 and be encouraged to seek with all your heart as you search out matters for your life and purpose.

Proverbs 24:10

Your daily Dose of Proverbs:

"If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength" - 24:10. 

Adversity is part of everyone's life, especially the believer, for it builds and manifests your strength. It is important that you allow the adversity to accomplish its purpose and not cut it short or oppose its purpose. How are you dealing with any adversity these days?  Are you thankful and joyous in the midst of it? Read how Paul encouraged one church that endured suffering in 2 Thessalonians 1:4-11 and see if you can learn anything from his words to them.

Proverbs 23:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Buy truth and do not sell it;
get wisdom, discipline and understanding" - 23:23.

It seems that the higher the price you pay for truth, the less likely you are to sell or give it away. That explains why you must go through hard times for success - to make it more valuable in the long run. What price are you willing to pay to get wisdom and insight? Read what Jesus had to say to one of the churches in Revelation about what you need to buy from Him in Revelation 3:17-19

Proverbs 22:29

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will serve before kings; he will not stand before obscure men" - 22:29. 

God does not promote potential, but promotes and uses those who have developed their potential. What steps are you willing to take to be the best 'you' possible? Will it involve school, reading, challenging work or lessons?  What will it cost you to do so?  This happened in Paul's life as you can see in Acts 25:23-27