Saturday, July 23, 2011

Proverbs 19

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 19. 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?)

  • Verse 2 holds some great advice about how to act with knowledge.
  • There are a few verses that talk about how lazy people will suffer in life. The Bible warns against valuing money too much but it also encourages a good work ethic.
  • Verses 13 and 18 are sobering reminders to be a good father and husband.
  • The writer also reinforces what Jesus echoes later about caring for the poor in verse 17.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • How many times do you hear someone who is very adamant about their side of an issue but they clearly don’t have very much knowledge to back up their opinion. They’re just regurgitating information they’ve heard from other people. One of the worst examples of this is someone who claims to be a Christian and berates other people for their mistakes. The people who do this clearly haven’t read how Jesus interacted with the same sorts of people because he always led with love and respected the person.
  • Men have more to do with the quality of their home life than most are willing to accept. God calls men to step up to lead and love their families the way they deserve.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What verse has had the most impact on you today? Why? Is there some sort of action you need to take in response to it? If so, ask a close friend to help you see it through until the end.