Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 17:22-28. We are reminded in this Scripture that a merry heart does good like medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
A wicked person takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
Wisdom is before those who have understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
A foolish child is a grief to their father, and bitterness to their mother
To punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
Those who have knowledge spare their words: and a person of understanding has an excellent spirit.
Even a fool, when they hold their peace, is counted wise: and those who shut their mouth are esteemed as people of understanding.
“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works” (Ecclesiastes 9:7).
Do you find it hard sometimes to have a merry heart? When we get our minds on our circumstances it can be difficult at times to be joyful and to have peace in our hearts. If we can focus on the LORD and His goodness to us, instead of our circumstances, we are more likely to be able to have a merry heart.
We are reminded in Nehemiah 8:10 that “The joy of the LORD is our strength.” Even if you don’t have joy and happiness in this life, you can have a merry heart by focusing on the LORD and His goodness to you.
Daily Bible Reading:
22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Things to think about:
- What is a merry heart compared to in this Scripture?
- What does this Scripture say about a foolish child?
- What is one of the attributes of a person of knowledge which is shown in this Scripture?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture and reminded that a merry heart does good like medicine, help us to have a cheerful heart. Help us to live in the joy of the Lord. Give us the peace and joy that we need in our lives in order for our hearts to be merry. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor by Deborah H. Bateman is a Daily Bible Reading study of the book of Esther from the Old Testament of the Bible.
In the book of Esther, Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai. In a series of events and through fasting, prayer and God’s favor Esther was placed in a position to save the Jewish people. Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai, who told her maybe she was born for such a time as this.
God puts us all in circumstances where He can use us to further His kingdom and give Him glory, if we are willing and obedient. Esther found her purpose for life. Like Esther you were born for such a time as this.
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