Daily Bible Reading “Commit to the LORD” (Proverbs 16:1-9)

Proverbs 16Commit to the LORD

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 16:1-9. In this Scripture, we are reminded that the preparations of the heart and the answer of the tongue come from the LORD. All our ways are clean in our own eyes; but the LORD weighs the spirits.

Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.

The LORD created all things for himself: including the wicked for the day of evil.

Everyone who has a proud heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand joins in hand, they will not be innocent.

Iniquity is purged by mercy and truth: and because of the fear of the LORD people turn away from evil.

When a person’s ways please the LORD, He makes even their enemies to be at peace with them.

It is better to have a little with righteousness than great riches without doing right.

A person’s heart may devise their path: but the LORD directs their steps.

We may think we know what we are supposed to do. We may have dreams and goals. We may make plans. But, God is the one who directs our steps and leads us through life. We need to humble ourselves and seek God’s will through prayer. We need to commit our lives to God. When we are in God’s perfect will then we can consider ourselves successful.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 16:1-9

1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

 

Things to think about:

  • What are the things we learn in this Scripture about surrendering our will to God’s will?
  • Who has the ultimate control of our lives?
  • How can we commit our ways to the LORD?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we see that despite our best efforts we fall short. Help us to examine our hearts and realize our need for a Savior. Forgive us of the ways we have sinned against You. Help us to commit our ways to you. Help us to make right decisions in our life. Direct our path, oh LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Choose Joy” (Proverbs 15:23-33)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 15:23-33. In this Scripture, we are reminded that a person finds joy by the words of their mouth: and how good a word is that is spoken in due season!

The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant.

Those who are greedy of gain cause trouble to their own house; but the one who hate gifts will live.

The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart: and a good report makes the bones fat.

The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.

Those who refuse instruction despise their own soul: but those who listen reproof gain understanding.

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and humility comes before honor.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep on choosing it every day.” – Henry J. M. Nowen

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 15:23-33

23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

 

Things to think about:

  • According to this Scripture how do we find joy?
  • How should we choose joy?
  • What other Scriptures in this passage stand out to you? Why?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs, we see that we have to make the right choices to have a happy, joyful life in Christ. Help us to choose joy in spite of our circumstances. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “A Merry Heart” (Proverbs 15:12-22)

A Merry Heart

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 15:12-22. As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs, we are reminded that a scoffer hates those who reprimand them: so they won’t seek counsel from those who are wise. We are also reminded that a merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but the spirit is broken when there is sorrow in the heart.

The heart of those who have understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

All the days of the afflicted are evil: but those who have a merry heart have a continual feast.

It is better to have little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

It is better to have a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

A wrathful person stirs up strife: but those who are slow to anger settle strife.

The way of the slothful person is like a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous person is made plain.

A wise person makes a glad father: but a foolish person despises their mother.

Foolishness is pleasure to those who are deprived of wisdom: but a person of understanding walks uprightly.

Without counsel commitments are dissatisfied: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.

Sometimes we have to work at making our heart merry with all the circumstances of life. Pain, sorrow, and turmoil in our lives will cause our heart to be heavy and weighed down with the cares of this world.

We need to spend time with the Lord and and His Word in order to refill our spirits. Life has a way of draining our energy sometimes. The only way for us to thrive is to continually fill our spirit with God’s love, joy, and peace. When our hearts are full of His love our face will reflect His love to those around us.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 15:12-22

12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

 

Things to think about:

  •  What does a scorner hate?
  • What does a merry heart do?
  • Have you ever noticed how joy or pain shows on someone’s face?
  • How can we refill our spirit with God’s love?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read the book of Proverbs there are so many lessons to learn. We thank You for Your love that fills our hearts with joy. If it weren’t for You in our lives, we would be empty. Fill us with Your love, Your joy, and Your peace. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “A Soft Answer” (Proverbs 15:1-11)

A Soft Answer

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 15:1-11. In this Scripture, we are reminded that a soft answer turns away wrath: but a harsh word stirs up anger. Have you ever noticed how someone’s tone of voice can make a difference in how you respond to them?

The tongue of the wise uses knowledge for good: but the mouth of fools overflows with foolishness.

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching for good and evil.

A gentle tongue is a tree of life: but perverse speech crushes the spirit.

A fool despises their parent’s instruction: but those who heed correction show good judgment.

There is much treasure in the house of the righteous: but the profit of the wicked brings trouble.

The lips of the wise spread knowledge: but the heart of the foolish is not wise.

The LORD despises the sacrifice of the wicked: but He takes pleasure in the prayer of the righteous.

The way of the wicked is disgusting to the LORD: but He loves those who pursue righteousness.

Correction causes distress to those who abandon the way: those who hate reproof will die.

Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more the hearts of humans!

We are reminded again in this Scripture how our mouth can be used for good or for evil. In verse 1 we are told that a soft answer will help keep rage at bay, but offensive, hurtful words cause anger.

We need to learn to think before we speak. We also need to remember how it makes us feel when people use a harsh tone of voice or offensive language with us. We need to remember to do unto others as we would have them do to us.

Sometimes it is not what we say as much as how we say it. Our tone of voice can make a huge difference in how the message is received when we’re communicating with others.

I remember an incident that happened with my daughter’s dog that reminds me so much of this verse. One day, as I was arriving home, a thunderstorm was beginning to brew. I opened the car door to get out and about that time a big clap of thunder sounded. My daughter’s dog was deathly afraid of thunder so he jumped in my car and buried himself under the front seat. I couldn’t get him out for anything. I tried everything. I tried to pull him out. I hollered at him and told him he better get out of my car, but he wouldn’t budge.

I called my daughter and told her that she better come get her dog out of my car. It was hot, summertime weather; I couldn’t leave the dog in the car. I couldn’t leave the windows or doors open because it was about to rain.

She came over and with a sweet, tender voice, she spoke to the dog and he came right out from under the seat. I had been trying for thirty minutes or longer to persuade him to get out of the car, but I was using the wrong approach.

Here are a couple of quotes that I thought might help us remember to watch what we say and how we say it when dealing with others.

  • “Harsh words make no friends.”
  • “A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”
  • “Honey is sweet, but the bee stings.”
  • “If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.”

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 15:1-11

1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

 

Things to think about:

  • What does a soft answer do?
  • What do we cause to happen when we use harsh words?
  • Are you bothered when other people speak to you in a harsh tone?
  • What other lessons can we learn from this Scripture?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in Proverbs we are reminded that a soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Help us to keep this in mind when dealing with others. Help us to treat others as we would have them treat us. Help us to put a guard over our mouth and use our words for good and not evil. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Righteousness Exalts a Nation” (Proverbs 14:15-35)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 14:15-35. The verse we are focusing on in this passage of Scripture is verse 34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Before we get into this verse let’s look at the rest of the Scripture.

The simple person believes every word: but the prudent person looks well to their success.

A wise person fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

Those who are easily angered deal foolishly: and a person of wicked devices is hated.

A simple person inherits folly: but the prudent person is crowned with knowledge.

The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

The poor person is hated even by their own neighbor: but the rich have many friends. Is it because of their money that the wealthy have many friends or is it because of the way they treat others?

Those who despise their neighbor sins: but happy are those who have mercy on the poor.

Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth will  come to those who devise good.

In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips leads to poverty.

The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.

A true witness delivers souls: but a deceitful witness speaks lies.

In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

In the multitude of people is the king’s honor: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

He that is slow to wrath has great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

A sound heart is the life of the body: but envy decays the bones.

Those who oppress the poor reproach their Maker: but those who honor Him have mercy on the poor.

The wicked is driven away in their wickedness: but the righteous have hope in their death.

Wisdom rests in the heart of those who have understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

The king shows favor toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against those who cause shame.

Many times people believe that when they sin or do something wrong they are not hurting anyone else, but themselves. That is usually not true, more often than not, the bad decisions we make hurt the people we love the most. This Scripture goes as far to say that sin can affect an entire nation. When a nation turns against God they are more likely to reap the wrath of God instead of His blessings.

On the other hand, if we live good godly lives those closest to us reap the benefits of our obedience. When we, as a nation, obey God and make right choices our righteousness elevates our nation. It can cause God’s blessings to be upon us.

As believers, we have a responsibility to pray for our nation. We are reminded of our responsibility in 2 Chronicles 7:14 which says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 14:15-35

15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
28 In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

 

Things to think about:

  • What does righteousness do for a nation?
  • What does sin do for a nation?
  • What are the attributes of the righteous mentioned in this Scripture?
  • What are the attributes of the wicked or foolish mentioned in this Scripture?
  • What can we do as believers to help heal our nation and bring it back to God?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we see that righteousness can heal a nation, but sin can destroy a nation. Help us to humble ourselves, pray and seek your face. Help our nation to turn back to You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

– Proverbs 14:34

 

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