Daily Bible Reading “Let Your Light Shine in the Darkness” (Proverbs 4:14-19)

 Let Your Light Shine in the Darkness

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 4:14-19. Solomon warns his son saying, “Don’t enter into the path of the wicked, and don’t go in the way of evil men. Avoid it, don’t pass by it, turn from it, and pass away.”

The wicked don’t sleep, until they have gotten into some kind of mischief; and their sleep is taken away, and they cause someone to fall. They eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. It’s as if they live and breathe to get into trouble.

The path of the righteous is like a shining light that shines brighter every day.

The way of the wicked is like someone stumbling around in the night: they have no idea what will cause them to stumble.

Solomon warns his son not to walk in the way of the wicked. He tells him to do whatever he has to do to keep from going down that path. He explains to him how those who are wicked act and think.

We must be on guard at every turn so that the enemy doesn’t cause us to stray. The enemy will try to tempt us to turn away from God and to go down the path of the wicked.

As believers, we are to let our light shine in the darkness of this world. We are to share the light of God’s Word with those who haven’t heard it. By doing so we may be able to help some of those who have trodden down the path of the wicked and lead them to see the light of the LORD.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 4:14-19

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

 

Things to think about:

  • What does Solomon say about the wicked?
  • What does he say about the path of the righteous?
  • What are some things we can do as believers to help shed the light of the LORD in this dark world?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we see Solomon’s warning about walking in the path of the wicked. Help us not to walk in the ways of the wicked, but to let our light shine in this dark world. Guard us from all iniquity and help us to walk on the path of righteousness. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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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.

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Daily Bible Reading “Get Wisdom” (Proverbs 4:1-13)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 4:1-13. Solomon says, “Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and listen to learn understanding. I give you good instruction, don’t forsake my direction.”

I was my father’s son, tender and beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me well, and said to me, Let your heart attain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

Get wisdom, get understanding: don’t forget it; don’t stray from the words of my mouth.

Don’t abandon wisdom, she will protect you: love her, and she will keep you.

Wisdom is the first thing; so acquire wisdom: and with all your acquisitions get intelligence.

Exalt wisdom, and it will promote you: it will bring you honor, when you embrace it.

Wisdom will give to your head a wreath of favor: it will give you a crown of glory.

Listen, my son, and receive my words; and you will add many years to your life.

Solomon says, “I have taught you the ways of wisdom; I have led you on the right paths. When you go, your steps won’t be distressed; and when you run, you won’t fall.”

Hold on to instruction; don’t let go: guard her; she is your life.

As children, our parents taught us many things. It is important that we pass down the wisdom of our parents to our children.

As we learned earlier in Proverbs, wisdom comes from the LORD. We need to pass down what we have learned from the Bible to our children as well. Much of what is taught in Proverbs are good godly principles to live our lives by.

In this Scripture, Solomon is trying to impress the importance of holding on to the wisdom that he has been taught by his father as his way of life. He knows the dangers of straying from the ways of the LORD. He wants his son to live a good life, as we wish for our children and grandchildren as well.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 4:1-13

1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

 

Things to think about:

  • What is the importance of wisdom in our lives?
  • What is the importance of passing down wisdom to our children?
  • What is the importance of understanding?
  • How can we get wisdom?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we learn the importance of attaining wisdom and abiding by what we learn. Help us to make wise decisions. Help us to pass down the wisdom we have learned in this life to our children and grandchildren. Guard our hearts and minds. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. – Proverbs 4:5

 

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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.

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Daily Bible Reading “Live Good, Do Good, Be Blessed” (Proverbs 3:27-35)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 3:27-35. In this Scripture, Solomon warns his son not to 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 things for others even though we are able to do them?

Would this include an employer/employee relationship? How about a husband/wife relationship? How about our children? How about our friends and extended family? How about our church family? How about strangers we meet on the street?

Has someone ever stopped you on the street and asked you for money and even though you had money you did not give it to them? Is this what the Scripture is talking about? Should we be generous enough to trust that people really do need money or they wouldn’t be asking us? Or, are we sometimes skeptical and afraid of what people might do so we refuse to help them? Maybe it is not our place to judge them. Maybe we should leave it up to God to determine if they are right or wrong.

The Scripture says, “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 should give it to them?

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?

Being generous is a way for us to share the love of Christ with our neighbor or those we come in contact with every day.

We are warned not to devise evil against our neighbor. We are to see that he dwells safely by us. 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.

We are instructed not to quarrel with a person without cause if they have done us 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.

We are warned not envy violent men and not to choose any of their ways. The wicked person is an abomination to the LORD. But God’s guidance is with those who are 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 Scripture says that the curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but God blesses the house of those who are just.

He mocks the scorners: but gives grace to the lowly, those who are poor, humble and meek. People who are wise will inherit honor: but dishonor will come to those who are foolish.

Sometimes we may look at people who do wrong and think that they are getting along better than we are. This Scripture tells us not to choose any of the wicked person’s ways because their ways are contrary to the ways of the LORD. In time they will get their just reward. The LORD communes with those who are righteous and blesses them.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 3:27-35

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 not to judge others. Help us to show Your love to others by our good deeds. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. – Proverbs 3:27

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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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Daily Bible Reading “The Proverbs of Solomon” (Proverbs 1:1-7)

The Proverbs of Solomon

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 1:1-7. The book of Proverbs was primarily written by Solomon, the son of King David. It is thought that Solomon collected these proverbs to pass down to his son to help him learn wisdom from his experiences.

This book is filled with words of wisdom and instruction to help those who read it to acquire a disciplined and wise life. It is meant to help us learn to do what is right, just, and fair.

The Proverbs were used by fathers in the Old Testament days to help teach their children knowledge and discretion. The wise were to listen to the words of Proverbs and add their own experiences as they taught their children. It was used to give guidance and understanding concerning the proverbs and parables – the sayings and riddles of the wise.

Proverbs are not the same as promises. Proverbs are general observations made by wise men. They may not always prove to be true in your situation, but generally are true. A promise is a particular obligation from a certain person.

Sometimes people take the Proverbs out of context and try to use them as promises of God. We need to remember that this is not how they are intended as we study the book of Proverbs.

In Old Testament times it was primarily the father’s duty to instruct the children in the Torah and the ways of God. They were to pass down the knowledge of God’s Word from generation to generation.

As parents it is our responsibility to teach our children about the Bible and how to live a good, godly life. That doesn’t mean that they are always going to listen and abide by everything we teach them, but it is our duty to make sure they know right from wrong.

Proverbs 10:1 tells us, “A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.”

My favorite verse from this passage is Proverbs 1:7 which says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

This means submission to the will of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Fools are those who reject wisdom and discipline.

The word fool is used in Proverbs and other places in the Old Testament of the Bible to mean one who lacks morals.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 1:1-7

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

Things to think about:

  • What are some of the things we will learn from the book of Proverbs?
  • What was the primary use of the book of Proverbs in Old Testament days?
  • What does the Scripture say about the fear of the LORD?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture and study the book of Proverbs help us to learn the lessons of this book. Help us to learn to be wise, disciplined and to have discretion in the decisions we make in life. Help us to always do what is right, just, and fair. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse for Journaling and Memorization:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

– Proverbs 1:7

 

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Each lesson contains a brief commentary, coordinating Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer for the day. Give Thanks is a great Bible study for individual or group Bible studies.

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Daily Bible Reading “Happy Mother’s Day” (Proverbs 31:10, 28)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is Proverbs 31:10, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” I thought these verses were appropriate for Mother’s Day since it is a day to show honor and appreciation to our mothers for who they are and all they have done for us.

One of the greatest gifts that God gave us, besides the gift of salvation through His Son, is the gift of life and love through our mothers.

Mother’s Day is supposed to be a day of celebration, but for many people, it is a day of remembrance, a day of sadness. As you celebrate Mother’s Day with your family be sensitive to those whose mothers are no longer with them.

Mother’s Day may also be a time of grief for those who have lost children or those who want to have children but haven’t been blessed in that way.

There may be those who are estranged from their children or mothers for one reason or another and so Mother’s Day is sad for them.

Celebrate your mother and enjoy your family, but understand that days like Mother’s Day are hard for some people. Be gentle with them.

My emotions run from one extreme to the other on Mother’s Day and the days surrounding Mother’s Day. Missing my Mama, mother-in-law, and grandmothers are really hard for me since they have all passed away already.

Then there are the feelings of being really blessed to be married to the man God blessed me with as my husband, who loves me unconditionally. We are blessed to have two beautiful daughters, whom we love dearly. We wondered if we would ever have children. For many years Mother’s Day was hard for me because I wanted children so badly, but had not been blessed with them yet. We were married eight years and had two miscarriages before we finally had our girls.

We are also blessed to have five precious grandchildren who are all special in their own way.

If you were not blessed to be raised in a Christian home with a mother who loved you unconditionally, you can know this kind of love through the unconditional, sacrificial love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

All things considered, Mother’s Day is a good day to celebrate through all the laughter and tears. I am thankful for all the people God placed in my life to mold me and make me into the person I am today. I hope it’s a good day for you and your family. I wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day. I love you. May God bless you!

 

Things to think about:

  • What is your best childhood memory of your mother?
  • What is one word that you would use to describe your mother?
  • What is the most important thing that your mother taught you?
  • What are you most grateful for concerning your mother?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this day to honor the mothers in our lives. Help us to show our love and gratitude for our mothers. Comfort those who have lost their mothers with sweet memories today. We also ask that you comfort those who wish to be mothers, but haven’t been blessed with children yet. Thank you for the gift of children and grandchildren. Thank you for our mothers. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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In this Bible study, you will learn what it means to be a virtuous woman and how we can honor God through our service to our families, our community, and to God.

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