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Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse. Desire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way! A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord. Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them. A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free. Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts. The poor are shunned by all their relatives—how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found. The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper. A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish. It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—how much worse for a slave to rule over princes! A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof. Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry. Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die. Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death. A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again. Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar. The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth! Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge. Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace. Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil. Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools. Vs 1-29
It’s good to be enthusiastic about what you’re doing, as long as it’s accompanied by the proper knowledge needed to guide you. Are you enthusiastic because you have expectations of what it’s to look like, or are you excited because God called you to it and you can’t wait to see what He does?
People often keep their distance from the leader because they can be seen as the strict rule follower who only fives orders and discipline. The leader who gives as much as is expected will be seen as a fellow friend. A leader can also receive respect and love by offering compliments and praise for efforts made. How have you given a compliment or praise to your family or a friend today?
When we see someone’s actions bring about bad results, we are not to immediately jump in to smooth things out for them. We should let them suffer the consequences of their actions. Otherwise, they will not see a reason to change their ways. Are you enabling someone to seek change?
Again, we are reminded to listen. Listen to what others have to say. This is kindly saying “Hey, you don’t have all the answers to life’s problems and you cant figure it all out on your own. So pay attention to what others have to say!” We need to accept his as truth. If we don’t and we try to do it all ourselves, e will miss out on knowledge God is trying to bestow upon us. Are you listening? What knowledge is He trying to bestow upon you?
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the enthusiasm you fill us with when called to do your work. I pray this enthusiasm would bubble over to those we encounter each day, Amen.
Lately, I continue to find myself getting caught up in the decisions of others. Decisions, I feel, they are making poorly. It’s difficult to see someone, especially someone you love, make bad choices. Choices you know will have bad results. How do I know they will turn out bad? Because they’ve made the same choices in the past and I have seen the outcome. I know the results will not change, because the circumstances have not changed. Results that are painful. Painful to not only themselves, but to those around them as well.
Naturally, when I see someone falling, making a bad decision, I want to step in and offer help or advice. I want to tell them what they should or should not be doing. Even though I know they will not take my advice. Even though doing so might upset them and sometimes cause them to react in an unkind way.
Why would someone react unkindly? Wouldn’t you? How do you feel when someone tells you how you should be doing something when you didn’t ask for help or advice? I’m guessing irritated or upset. I know I usually am. Especially when you don’t see anything wrong with what you’re doing.
A few years ago I was told you shouldn’t give help or advice unless it’s asked for. But what if you know the person is doing something in error or about to make a bad decision, what do you do then? It’s ok to offer the help or advice, but it’s their choice to take you up on the offer. If they choose not to take your help then you must drop it.
It hurts when the person you’re trying to help can’t see how much you care for them. How much it hurts you to see them in pain. They fail to see your desire to help them avoid the pain you see staring them in the face.
Your help has been rejected and now you’re filled with pain and worry. What do you do with that? I was in such a predicament recently and a dear sweet friend said “Let it go”. Those three simple words caused the light bulb to go off. How was I supposed to let it go? Simple. Give it to God.
Why should I give it to God? I don’t believe God wishes for me to be in anguish over another, to worry unnecessarily about something I have no control over or to force my opinion upon others.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
Many people throughout our lives will do things we cannot, and will not, understand. Instead of trying to understand why someone is doing something we don’t agree with, we can leave it in God’s hands. We can pray they see what God desires for them to do. We can pray they seek God’s will for their life. We can pray God opens their heart to accept help and advice from those He puts in their path. Then we trust that God is working in their life. We believe that if there is anything God desires us to do for them, He will equip us to do so. He will make our paths straight. Hallelujah! That’s amazing right?!
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for always being there with your arms stretched out waiting for us to reach out to you. I pray, Lord, we seek your guidance first when the desire to help consumes us, so we may then rest in knowing you were in it and your ways are best.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Overwhelmed, Robert and I both eventually reached out and asked for prayers after finding out Robert’s new kidney was being rejected. Several friends and family had asked if they could add our prayer requests to prayer chains they were a part of. Of course we said ‘yes’. As far as I’m concerned prayer could only help, not hurt. There were people all over the country praying for Robert the family and I.
Some were prayers for Robert and I to be filled with God’s peace as we waited for the day of the biopsy. Others were for God to have His hand over all the details of the biopsy and for all to go well. There were prayers for God to guide the hands of the doctor performing the procedure. Many prayed for Robert and I to rest in the fact that God had it all under control. Some prayed for the results of the biopsy. Prayers the doctor would be told Robert’s kidney was healthy and it had not been affected by the rejection which had begun.
I prayed for similar things but in a slightly different way. I told God I knew how awesome and powerful He was. I knew He could do anything and nothing was impossible for Him. I believed God would protect the kidney Robert recently received. I asked God for the doctors to be baffled by the results of the biopsy because it would show no damage having occurred. I was asking God for a miracle because I knew He could do it!
At 9 o’clock on a Friday night, eight days after the procedure, which felt like a month, Robert received a call from the doctor. While he was talking to the doctor on the phone, I couldn’t tell if it was good news or bad. Robert had very little to say. I think Robert was speechless. The doctor was telling him the results showed the kidney had suffered NO DAMAGE! They thought they mixed the results up with another patient because it didn’t make sense. They were expecting to see damage. The point of the biopsy was to find out how much damage had occurred, not if there was damage.
Our specific prayers, that were expected to be answered in a mighty and awesome way, were. I wish I could personally thank and hug each and every person who has been praying for me and my family. It means more than I can express with words.
All week I’ve been sharing, with anyone who would listen, how awesome God is and how He answered our prayers. By sharing, I hope to encourage others to reach out to God with their requests. I believe God will reveal Himself to those who do, in a wonderful way. I believe God does answer EVERY prayer. We might not get the exact answer we’re hoping for, but God will answer. We must trust that God’s plans for us are far greater than anything we could imagine or hope for.
Do you pray for things in general or are you specific with details when talking to God? Has God answered a specific prayer of yours? If He has, I encourage you to share. It’s encouraging to others and helps you remember the power of God and how much He loves you.
My prayer for us today ~ Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer. May we take time, throughout each day, to be more specific when lifting up our prayers to You, whether it be praise, thanksgiving or requests, Amen