Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 1:8-19. Solomon exhorts his son to listen to the instruction and teaching of both his father and mother. He warns him about hanging out with the wrong people. He tells him if sinners entice him to do wrong don’t consent to their offers.
He warns his son that many people are only interested in their own gain. They don’t care about other people. They will steal from other people. They may even hurt other people to get what they want.
He tells him that those who are greedy are the same. They will take away from those who are less fortunate for their own gain.
It is important for us to consider those with whom we keep company. Your friends can influence you for good or bad. They can encourage you to do things that are right or they can influence you to do things that are wrong. Friends can improve your life or they can take you down the wrong road with them.
As believers we need other Christian friends to talk to and to do things with. The people we hang around with do influence us more than we may realize. These are things we not only need to teach our children and grandchildren, but need to consider for ourselves as well.
Daily Bible Reading:
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Things to think about:
- What does Solomon encourage his son to do?
- What does he warn his son about?
- What can we learn from this lesson?
- Give some thought as to who your best friends are and how they influence your life.
- What are some things that your parents taught you that you will never forget?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture we see from the wisdom of Solomon that it is important for us to consider those with whom we are friends. Help us to take this into consideration when choosing our friends. Help us to choose people to hang around with that will lift us up and not choose those who will cause us trouble. Help those of us who are parents or grandparents to be good examples to our children and grandchildren. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways
by Deborah H. Bateman
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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