Wednesday, March 16, 2011

31 Days of Wisdom: Proverbs 16

Please visit the link below if you would like to read through Proverbs 16 before continuing.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2016&version=NIV

Disclaimer: This is a personal journey of discovery for me. I am not claiming any special wisdom or exposition of my own, only sharing how 31 days of wisdom affect me and stir my spirit. I highly suggest, no matter who is speaking or sharing, that you check their words against the words of Scripture.

Proverbs 16

You can make all the plans you want, but the Lord is in control. (v1)

“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” Sometimes we may not even know when our motives aren’t pure, but the Lord always knows. If we are humble before Him, He reveals these things to us. (v2)

A promise: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans.” We don’t have to figure this whole thing out. If we commit our ways to the Lord, He will show us the path and help us along it. (v3)

The Lord is in control. He works out all things. He makes sure we reap what we sow. (v4)

“The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” What strong language Solomon uses sometimes. Pride is a deadly sin. It’s one that can take hold of us so tightly. Be humble and find life. (v5)

Love and faithfulness covers our sins, but if we fear the Lord, we avoid evil. (v6)

The Lord can cause your enemies to make peace with you if He is pleased with you. That’s a good weapon to have in your arsenal! (v7)

Righteousness is always better than to gain something by causing pain to another. (v8)

We can make our plans, but it is the Lord who directs our steps. (v9)

The Lord uses those in authority to speak truth and establish His justice. (v10)

The Lord is with those who are honest in business; all righteousness in business belongs to Him. (v11)

There are many things that are true of kings (or should be true of kings). They detest wrongdoing and seek righteousness. They value honesty. They hold the power of life and death. (v12-15)

Wisdom and insight are much better to have than all of the riches in the world. (v16)
Guard your way. Avoid Evil. Take the high road. It will save your life. (v17)

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (v18)

“Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.” (v19)

It is wise to follow instructions and you will be blessed if you trust in the Lord. (v20)

“The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.” (v21)

If you are a prudent person, it flows from you like a fountain, the same way that folly is the sign of a fool. (v22)

When you are wise, your heart controls your mouth and your lips give instructions. (v23)

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” That’s so beautiful and so true! (v24)

Sometimes we think we are doing what is right, but in the end, it leads to our destruction. Be careful. Be wise. Seek the Lord. (v25)

A person who is hungry uses that drive to compel them to work. (v26)

The wicked plot evil; it burns within them. (v27)

“A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” Again, our words have so much power. It is so important to control your tongue. It really does hold the power of life and death, of blessing and curse. (v28)

A violent person looks for and stirs up a fight and drags people along with them. (v29)

You can tell by someone’s facial expressions if they are up to something. (v30)

“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.” (v31)

“Better is a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” To be able to wait, not defend, not judge immediately, control your tongue and all of those things that go with it, gives you great strength and great power. (v32)

The Lord controls “fate”. He rules over everything. (v33)

Dear Father of Wisdom,
I want to be stronger than a warrior because of the control I gain over myself, my thoughts, my words, my tongue. Lord, help me to be wise. Help me be slow to speak. May my words be gracious and sweet as honeycomb. May they reflect Your love. Amen

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