Saturday, 12 May 2018

Proverbs 21-25

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan Barnes said...

21:2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.

“We justify our actions by appearances; GOD examines our motives” (Message Bible).

It is easy for us to justify ourselves but we are often unaware of our motives.

Susan Barnes said...

22:4 Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

The payoff for meekness and Fear-of-GOD is plenty and honor and a satisfying life (Message Bible).

There is a close relationship between meekness and humility. Both are attitudes that don’t demand their own way and realizes one’s position before God. The benefits are worth it.

Susan Barnes said...

23: 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Wealth is fleeting. Focus on God and trust his plans, rather than relying on our own cleverness.

Susan Barnes said...

24:16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

This is a definition of resilience – falling seven times and rising again. However the righteous do have ‘falls’ but failure isn’t final.

“God-loyal people don’t stay down long; Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces” (Message Bible).

Susan Barnes said...

25:15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

Patiently putting forward arguments does change people’s minds, especially when it’s done gently. Bones are the most rigid body part so even the most rigid person can be persuaded with gentle, patient arguments.