Scripture: Proverbs 13-15. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
A proverb is described in the Bible as “a short, wise, easy-to-learn saying that calls a person to action.” The Book of Proverbs focuses on the Lord and describes how we can live in a close relationship with Him daily. Solomon asked God for wisdom, and God granted Him him with wisdom. These next few chapters of Proverbs speak about wisdom for all people, practical wisdom for godly living at each stage in our lives. Follow along in Proverbs 13-15!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Words can hurt and destroy. If we want to have self-control, we must start with controlling our tongues and what we say to others. Each decision that we make to obey God and His Word will bring a greater sense of order in our lives, while disobedience will lead to disorder and destruction. When we obey God’s instructions for us, our lives will go smoother with God in control. God knows what is best for each of us, for He created us, knows us, and loves us even in the middle of our failures. Sometimes when wisdom does not come easily to us, our attitudes can be the barrier. We can find our wisdom from God in His Word and from experienced people who give us good advice. Anger divides people, and a quick temper can be dangerous. We can ask God for help when it comes to channeling our feelings into an effective action instead of holding grudges or seeking revenge on others. We must be slow to anger, although it is a very difficult emotion to control sometimes. We cannot always choose our circumstances and the events that happen in our lives, but we can choose our attitude in each different situation.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Proverbs, and the lessons of wisdom that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.