Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 3:27-35. Solomon warns his son; don’t withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. What does this mean? What are some things that would be considered to be good that we could withhold from others? Do we ever willfully not do good for others even though we are able to do good to them?
Would this include an employer/employee relationship? How about a husband/wife relationship?
Don’t say to your neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when you have it by you. Does this mean if our neighbor came to borrow something from us and we had it available we are to give it?
Has there ever been a time in your life when someone asked you to do something for them and you didn’t feel like being bothered? Maybe you had the power to do for them what they needed, but you were selfish. Maybe you didn’t want to get involved. If we look back on our lives and think of these things were there times we weren’t always a good neighbor? How could we improve on doing good to others?
In doing so, it is a way for us to share the love of Christ with our neighbor or those we come in contact with every day.
Don’t devise evil against your neighbor; see that he dwells securely by you. If everybody lived peacefully with their neighbor we would have a much better world to live in today.
In Luke 10:25-37 Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan who took compassion on his neighbor and took care of his needs, both physically and financially. He tells us to go and do likewise.
Don’t quarrel with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm. This is also meant not to sue a man without cause. In the world we live in today there are some people who are always looking to sue someone and get over on somebody. This is forbidden in this Scripture.
Don’t envy the violent man, and don’t choose any of his ways.
For the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but his counsel is with the righteous.
Solomon tells his son why he shouldn’t choose the ways of the wicked. He explains to him what the rewards are for living a righteous life and being in fellowship with the LORD.
The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesses the house of the just.
He mocks the scorners: but gives grace to the lowly (poor, humble, meek). The wise will inherit honor: but dishonor will be the promotion of fools.
Sometimes we may look at people who do wrong and thing that they seem to be getting along better than we are. This Scripture tells us not to choose any of his ways. His ways are contrary to the ways of the LORD. In time he will get his just reward. The LORD communes with the righteous and His blessings are on them.
Daily Bible Reading:
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
Things to think about:
- What are some things we can do for others that would be considered good?
- Who is our neighbor?
- How are we to treat our neighbor?
- What is the fate of wicked people?
- What are the rewards of righteous people?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we study this Scripture in the book of Proverbs no doubt many of us are convicted about the ways we have interacted with others. Help us to treat others in the ways You would have us to. Help us to be good neighbors and to always do good to those who it is due when we have the power to do it. Help us not to be selfish. Help us not to be unconcerned about other people. Help us to show Your love to others by our good deeds. 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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