Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.1-6
Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife. 2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers. 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests hearts. 4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers.
There is no particular theme in these verses so please consider the following thoughts and use them as your prayer guide for today:
First, is the call for peace and love within the family (17.1). A financially struggling family who seeks the presence and unity in the Father is blessed. But a family focused on material things without spiritual guidance is doomed. What is the focus right now of your family?
Second, we are instructed with the truth that a person’s rank in society is not as important as their wise actions (17.2). A wise servant in a household will be promoted over a true blooded son who lives with no moral sensibilities. How might this apply to your status at work and in your career?
Third, we are reminded of the value God places on our hearts (17.3). It’s a true and faithful heart the Lord desires. Through all circumstances, easy and hard, God proves our heart and improves it as well. What is the Lord doing in your heart today?
Fourth, we are given a rebuke against any wicked behavior in us (17.4). Don’t listen to the voice of culture that helps us rationalize our sin. Don’t be around people who constantly demean others and tear them down. As God is proving your heart today take a good look at any behavior that is not of God.
Fifth, we are challenged to have compassion (17.5). The disenfranchised of this world are still beloved by God. Don’t ignore people that Jesus died for. Don’t rejoice over the misfortune of those you don’t like or disagree with. God harshly judges us when we lack grace and mercy for others. Who do you need to recognize, pray for, and assist today?
Sixth, we are encouraged with the blessings of longevity (17.6). It is an honor to see your children grow up and have grandchildren. It is a great blessing if all the generations are loving and serving the Lord. What a blessing it is when children adore and honor their parents. How can you pray for each member of your family?.
Memory Verse: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17.22