Scripture: Proverbs 27-29. 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. This next section of Proverbs was meant to be helpful for individuals who were/are leaders or wanted/want to become leaders. These next chapters of Proverbs also point out that diligence is a vital part of wise living. Diligence is defined by dictionary.com as a”constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.” Follow along in Proverbs 27-29!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Proverbs points out the difference between a true friend and an enemy. A friend who has our best interest at heart may have to give unpleasant advice, always being honest and upfront; an enemy will tell you what you want to hear and send you on your way to ruin. A real friend’s advice is much more valuable than an enemy’s. The act of nagging will only hinder communication in a relationship, pushing the other person further away. When we are truly concerned with other individuals, we will think of a more effective way of communicating to them. The best way to get through to someone is to surprise them with words of love, encouragement, and patience. Life is short, and we must work to be more diligent in what we do with our lives. God wants us to treat others justly in our lives, because He is just. We must be concerned about the well-being of others and not just ourselves. God hears and listens to our prayers; however, He will not listen if we just intend to go back to our sin as soon as we are done praying for forgiveness. We must strive to do what is right, always obeying and following Him. Our God is very merciful, just, forgiving, and loving. In order to learn from a mistake, an error, or failure in life, we must first learn to acknowledge and admit it, confess it, and make sure that we do not keep repeating the same mistakes. After all, the first step toward forgiveness is confession. We must fear the Lord, revering and honoring Him. As mentioned in many parts of the Bible, God wants us to care for the needy in the world. We are to be His hands and feet to others who are in need of help. God loves them just the same, and we must all work together to make the world a better place, preparing for God’s kingdom.
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.