Saturday, December 30, 2017

December 30 - Proverbs 30

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 30. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter quotes a guy named Agur. Not much is known about Agur, and he had a pretty unfortunate name, but the wisdom offered in this chapter is solid.
  • He starts out by saying that he’s not a wise person and no one can fully know or understand God. This is the beginning of being wise.
  • Then Agur has two things he asked from God:
    1. To keep him from lying.
    2. To only give him enough money for his needs.
  • He didn’t want to be rich, because he feared he might forget that he needs God. He also didn’t want to be poor because he would be tempted to steal from others.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The only source for true wisdom is God. We can search for knowledge and wisdom everywhere else, but we’ll never be satisfied until we turn to the originator and keeper of all wisdom.
  • If our desire for anything in our lives -- money, fame, possessions, relationships -- becomes bigger than our desire to know God, that's a problem. We need to make God our number one priority. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is your desire for money, or popularity, or possessions, or fulfillment in relationships bigger than your desire to know God? Talk to God today about your feelings, and be honest about where your priorities are. As we head into the New Year, be intentional about making him the most important thing in your life. Maybe you need to spend more time reading the Bible regularly, or give more generously, or be okay with being single even if you feel like you "need" to constantly have someone you're dating. 
  • None of this is easy, but with God's help it is very doable.