Sunday, June 26, 2011

Proverbs 17

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 17. 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 starts off with a great proverb. If you’ve ever been in a house with arguing over Thanksgiving dinner you know exactly what the writer is talking about.
  • Verses 9 and 14 show us to forgive each other promptly in order to promote love and keep relationships strong.
  • Verse 12 is a great picture of how important it is to choose wisely who you keep company with.
  • The last verse shows us that we should think before we speak.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The second portion of verse 19 states that "Anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster." Trusting in things that we humans have made is foolish, and this metaphor means more than just defending against people who would destroy you.
  • Many of the "high walls" of our current day are things we obsess over: wealth, fitness, career, etc. All of these things will come to pass; to trust in them is indeed to "invite disaster." The most muscular bodybuilder will grow old, and the most diligent worker can be fired. When these man-made things inevitably fade away, people find their lives hollow. God's love is the only thing that is truly secure.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What verse spoke most to you this week? Did the ones that warn us to be careful how we talk hit home? What about how we are to be careful of who our friends are? Do you have friends who help you become the person God wants you to be? Is there anyone you need to forgive? These aren’t easy tasks but God wants to partner with us. Ask God to show you the next steps you need to take and give you the strength to do them.