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Bible Reading: Proverbs 20.26-30

Proverbs 20:26-30
A wise king winnows the wicked, and drives the threshing wheel over them. 27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the innermost parts of his being. 28 Loyalty and truth preserve the king, and he upholds his throne by righteousness. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, and the honor of old men is their gray hair. 30 Stripes that wound scour away evil, and strokes reach the innermost parts.

In these five verses we find God’s will for mankind and His values for us to uphold:

The duty of a king or government is to keep order and protect citizens from lawlessness. Verse 26 gives civil authorities the responsibility to maintain justice and morality from God’s law. Verse 30 seems to fit this train of thought in that proper punishment can often bring repentance and change to the one who has broken the law.

Pause right now and pray for our city, state, and federal leaders. Skip down to verse 28 and let the Holy Spirit guide you in how to pray for them. Speak loyalty and truth over our elected officials. Pray that they can hold onto their seats in righteousness. Also pray for the prisoner – that he or she might use the time of incarceration to turn to the Savior.

Verse 27 is a wonderful verse reminding us how God uses our innermost being to reflect and on the things of God. As you pray today, allow God to search your heart, intentions, and desires. Does this process glorify God or lead you to repentance?

Being young or old has certain advantages. Verse 29 highlights the vigor and power of youth provided it is used for God’s glory. Old people should not be jealous or despise youth but encourage and mentor them. In turn, the aged are to be honored. If they have given glory to God, then they are filled with wisdom and their counsel should be sought. Think of one young person you can email/text encouragement today. Or, think of one older person to email/text to thank and honor.

Memory Verse: Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.  Proverbs 21.2