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Bible Reading: Proverbs 12.13-28

Proverbs 12.13-28: Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble. 14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward. 15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. 16 Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. 17 An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies. 18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. 20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. 21 No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. 22 The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. 23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly. 24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. 25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. 26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt. 28 In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.

It is hard to believe that 2018 is coming to a close and 2019 begins tomorrow.  I have always heard that as you get older time moves faster and does it ever.  Before we entered the advent season we were taking a journey through Proverbs.  We pick back up today where we ended.  Let us pursue the wisdom of God in 2019.

We live in a day with much reckless talk.   From social media to the airways people frequently make trouble of their own with their words.  The wise are careful with their words as they do not seek to wound others with their words.  The old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is farthest from the truth.  The wise know that very well and are careful with their words.

Ultimately we want to live for what the Lord delights in and Solomon says that the Lord delights in those that are “trustworthy”.  Solomon is speaking of those who practice truth, who act in good faith and whose words and works are reliable.  As Wiersbe says, “When words can’t be trusted, then society starts to fall apart. Contracts are useless, promises are vain, the judicial system becomes a farce, and all personal relationships are suspect.”

In 2019, let us live for what pleases the Lord.  It is “the way of the righteous” and in it there is truly life. 

Memory Verse: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2.9