Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 3:7-12. Solomon warns his son not to be wise in his own eyes. So many times we think we know what is best for us, when in actuality we may not. He instructs his son to fear (stand in awe of, show reverence for) the LORD, and depart from evil. By doing this it will cause healing to his nerves, and refreshment to his bones.
So many times we toy around with evil and then don’t understand why it manifests in our lives. Solomon encourages his son to stay away from evil. This is good advice for all of us.
Solomon encourages his son to honor the LORD with his wealth, and with the first part of all his revenues. He tells him that by doing so his barns will be full, and his wine-presses will be overflowing with fresh wine.
When we honor the LORD with the first portion of our income, we have God’s blessings on our lives and on the rest of our possessions.
Solomon warns his son not to reject the discipline of the LORD and not to grow tired of his correction. He reminds him that the LORD corrects those he loves just as a father disciplines his children because he loves them and wants the best for them.
If you are a parent, think about how it has made you feel when you had to discipline your children. Surely it burdens the LORD when we are disobedient and He is forced to correct us and get us back on the right track.
If you have accepted Jesus as your savior, then God is your Heavenly Father and He wants the best for you, as He does all of His children. He wants to bless you. He wants to have a close, personal, intimate relationship with you. He is there for you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. He wants to spend time with you. He loves you.
Daily Bible Reading:
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Things to think about:
- What does Solomon mean when he says to fear the LORD?
- What are the benefits of fearing the LORD?
- What does it mean to give a first fruits offering?
- What are the benefits of giving a first fruit offering to the LORD?
- How are we to respond to the LORD’S chastening?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we see Solomon instructed his son to not be wise in his own eyes. Help us to follow Solomon’s advice. Help us to stay away from evil. Help us to honor You. Show us the benefits of first fruit offerings. Forgive us and help us to adhere to Your correction. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways is a Daily Bible Reading Study of the book of Haggai by Deborah H. Bateman. It is the twenty-fifth book in the Daily Bible Reading Series by the author. Haggai was one of the prophets from the Old Testament of the Bible.
In the book of Haggai the LORD reveals a message to Haggai for the people asking them to consider your ways. The LORD also reminded the people through Haggai that He was with them, among other things. These are lessons that we can still use today in our lives.
The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways contains four Daily Bible Reading lessons consisting of a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions to consider called, “Things to think about,” and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individual or group study.
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