Proverbs 4:3-4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“When I was a boy in my father’s house, still tender,
and an only child of my mother, he taught me” - 4:3-4.

It is never too early to teach a child about the Lord and His ways. What are you doing to prepare the next generation to serve the Lord? What about your own children, nieces and nephews? What more can you do to instruct them or the children in your church? Read what Jesus said about little children in Matthew 19:14.

Proverbs 2:6

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” - 2:6.

Wisdom is a gift from God. You can't earn it but you can position yourself to receive it and work to find it. What's more, God is always communicating His wisdom. It's not for a select few but available for any and all who ask and have faith to receive it, as James taught in James 1:5-8. Are you seeking God by asking Him questions? Are you listening for Him? Do you expect answers to your problems and questions?  Solomon asked for wisdom in 1 Kings 3:5-15 and God gave it to him. Why don't you ask, too?

Proverbs 1:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“For acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair” - 1:3.

A fruitful and productive life doesn't just happen or fall from the sky. It takes planning, hard work, diligence, and God’s grace. What are your goals this year to improve your quality of life. bear fruit, and to be more disciplined?  Set goals in as many areas as possible - financial, health, spiritual, personal development, and family. Read Joshua 24:14-15 and make it your theme this year as you take steps to grow and be more faithful. 

Proverbs 31:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings” - 31:3.

Your relationships should be godly and life-giving. Are there any people in your life who are hindering your ability to go forward and be the person God wants you to be? Perhaps the coming year is when you make some adjustments so you can give your energy and attention to your purpose and goals and not to so many dysfunctional people. See what Jesus had to say about your relationships in Matthew 10:34-39 and what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:14-18. Then make any changes based on their commands.

Proverbs 30:4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"What is his name, and the name of his son? 
Tell me if you know!” - 30:4.

If you were given a quiz on your faith and the Bible, how well would you do?  What goals can you set in the coming year that will enable you to grow in the knowledge of your faith, the Bible and the Lord Himself? Your goals should not only be to increase learning, but to apply that learning to godly living.  It is the longest psalm, but perhaps you can end the year by reading Psalm 119 and note the connection between the Word and holiness.  If you would rather listen to that psalm, you can do that here.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Be watching for a new devotional on January 1 as I phase out Proverbs (it will be online to access any time you wish) and introduce the new devotional entitled, "What Would Jesus Ask?"

Proverbs 29:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father” - 29:3. 

What you do and who you are impacts those closest to you, for good or not. Your love for wisdom and your desire to apply it will be a blessing to your family, whether natural or church, because true wisdom effects your behavior and no one acting with wisdom ever acts poorly. Do you love wisdom? What can you do to get even more of it? How can you express your love for wisdom in the coming year in a way that will bring others help and joy? Read James 3:17-18 to better understand wisdom and its traits and then set a course to obtain practical wisdom that will be a blessing to others, especially those you love and love you.

Proverbs 28:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“He who keeps the law is a discerning son” - 28:7.

If you are to keep the law, you must first know the law, and that requires effort on your part to study and grow your understanding. That must be more than just casual or even devotional reading, but must involve learning from others, whether it be in classes or reading. What goal can you set for next year that will give you more knowledge and understanding of God's word? What are your reading and learning goals for 2022? Is there any way you can teach others the Word, which is an effective way to increase your own learning? Now is the time to give that aspect of your spiritual life some consideration and set some concrete objectives. Look at Philippians 1:9-11 and determine how you can achieve the spiritual growth goals Paul mentioned there.

Proverbs 27:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what  day may bring forth" - Proverbs 27:1. 

None of us are getting out of here alive. The old die and the young can die, the reality of which should instill in us an urgency to make the most of our time. You should set ambitious long-term goals, for your times are in His hands and you may enjoy long life, while also living every day like it is your last. Are you living life to the fullest, with an eye on the future but a sober acceptance of your mortality? What can you do to maximize this day? What can you plan today that can be done in ten years, one day at a time? To understand the tension between the long and short term, read James 4:13-17, and then 1 Kings 6:37-38 and 1 Kings 7:1-3 to learn of Solomon's long-term building program. What can you do for the Lord in the next 13 years if you start today?

Proverbs 26:6

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence
is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool" - 26:6.

This verse employs a graphic simile, but it shows that God highly values faithfulness to deliver His message of life in Christ. You carry the most important message that Jesus was born to save men from their sins. Are you proclaiming it every chance you get? What more can you do in the coming year to proclaim God's goodness? Read Psalm 119:46 and 1 Peter 3:15 to see the kind of eager response the Lord expects you to give to all who ask.

Proverbs 25:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable” - 25:3.

A King was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago and His name is Jesus. The goodness and mercy in His heart are unsearchable and endless, but the Word of God reveals and explains them to us. Celebrate the birth of Christ today and every day, and never lose your wonder for the King of glory and His unsearchable love for you! Read Ephesians 2:3-5 and be reminded of God's great love for you today!