Saturday, May 21, 2011

Proverbs 13

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 13. 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?)

  • In verse 3 the writer warns us to guard our mouth and it will guard our lives. Surely we all can associate with that verse. How often have you left a conversation and wished you hadn’t said something and thought; ‘if only I had been more careful with my words’?
  • Verse 5 echoes what we’ve read about many times before: those who follow Jesus should have an ever growing distaste for evil and a desire for truth.
  • Later in verse 10, we read about how pride can destroy our ability to communicate with others. When we are proud it oozes out of us and everyone knows it. Maybe this is why often the Bible tells us God values humility.
  • Verse 14 reveals to us why seeking wisdom is so vital to our lives. Because, seriously, who doesn’t want to avoid ‘the snares of death’?!?

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • The second to the last verse (vs. 24) is not advocating beating your kids. Rather, the writer is telling parents to discipline their children in love so that they can grow up learning how to function in this world and hopefully a model for the kids the love God has for them. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Which verse hit home with you today? The cool thing about Proverbs is that it seems nearly anytime you read it at least one verse applies to you that very day.