I've been reading for the past few weeks in Proverbs during my devotional time. It makes me feel smart, or wise rather. Making wise choices is something I try to be intentional about and remembering Proverbs helps me do that. So I thought I'd share with you some of the verses that have caught my attention and have been reflecting on lately.
Proverbs 3: 1-6
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life. Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace, write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.
Love covers all offenses.
Don't talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
God rescues the godly from danger, but he lets the wicked fall into trouble.
I had a question mark by this one. I don't understand it. Yes, it's true I don't always understand the Bible.
Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.
Those who trust the Lord will be happy.
Kind words are like honey - sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart.
Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends.
Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way.
People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.
Discipline your children while there is hope. If you don't, you will ruin their lives.
Get all the advice and instruction you can, and be wise the rest of your life.
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.
Though good advice lies deep within a person's heart, the wise will draw it out.
I really like Proverbs. It makes me think about my life right now. I can also see in my Bible where I've underlined or highlighted when I've read these verses before and remember what I was thinking about my life back then.
Rob Bell, a pastor and author, writes and creates material that makes me think about life too. Not just for a second, but he raises ideas that stay with me. Next time, I want to post some of my thoughts about a few of his ideas.