Saturday, September 24, 2011

Proverbs 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 22. 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?)

  • The first verse in this chapter reminds us that our character and reputation is more important than any amount of money we could earn.
  • Parents, Verse 6 is not a guarantee from God that your kids will follow him when they get old if you take them to church.
  • A few times in our reading we’re told to be generous and take care of those less fortunate than ourselves. Verse 9 even says we will be blessed because we share. This isn’t blessed monetarily. The writer is talking about how we’re blessed on the inside for being generous.
  • In verse 24 we’re warned not to hang out with people who get angry quickly. This is great advice.
  • The last verse in this chapter reminds us to strive diligently at our jobs, whatever they are, to become the best. Not only because we should do our best to bring honor to God but this verse says so we will “serve before kings.” This could be taken to mean having a better client to work for or to make a financial gain. Either way, it’s a good thing.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • If we hang out with people who get angry easily then we will most likely find ourselves in the middle of confrontations that we have no part in.
  • If we really teach our children how to have a relationship with God and what’s right and wrong then they will be more likely to follow that way of life for themselves.
    NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

    • Do you protect your reputation and your character? Maybe just as important do you consistently try to improve your character? If you’re a parent, are you training your child to have a relationship with God or are you relying on others (such as the church) to do that for you? This is our greatest responsibility as parents. The best way to teach your kids about having a relationship with God is to have one yourself that they get to see on a daily basis.
    • Are you a generous person? Do you try to find new ways to help those less fortunate than yourself? The Bible speaks frequently about how much God wants us to take care of the poor. Lastly, do you do your best at work? Or do you just get by? God wants us to do our best at everything because we’re doing it for him, including our jobs.