Saturday, October 22, 2011

Proverbs 24

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 24. 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 10 tells us that how we act when things get tough reveals a lot about us.
  • Verse 11 teaches us to defend the innocent. If we turn a blind eye to the innocent being hurt then we can’t claim to be people who truly follow Jesus.
  • Quite a few verses in this chapter warn against hanging out with evil people who scheme about bringing others down. We all know people like that and we know they’ll eventually get us into trouble. So, it would be wise just to not hang out with them. Perhaps even tell them why, in hopes that it will open their eyes.
  • We’re also told not to take joy in the downfall of our enemies. This is certainly counter to what we naturally want to do but God tells us to leave our revenge to him. We should let God do what he wants with people and just try our best to show everyone love.
  • The author also says that telling the truth can be as sweet as a kiss.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Maybe you have heard the saying “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” But this isn’t true. God frequently gives us more than we can handle so we have to learn to rely on him and others. This draws us closer to God and other people. That being said, times do get tough and we should never give up. 

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

  • Are you going through a tough time right now? Don’t give up. Going through difficult times makes us stronger in our relationship with God. God wouldn’t have our best interest at heart if he shielded us from all pain because that pain will draw us nearer to him. He knows being close to him is what’s best for us. 
  • Remember that how we conduct ourselves in difficult times reveals how strong we really are. Ask God to give you the strength to rely on him more.