Sunday, October 30, 2011

Proverbs 25

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 25. 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?)

  • A couple verses talk about keeping a friend’s confidence. When someone talks to you about something and asks you to keep it private then we should do so.
  • Verse 16 and 17 warn us not to wear out our welcome with friends. When we’re having a good time it’s easy to take the hospitality of our hosts to mean we should stay longer. However, just like with sweet food, our company could be nice to have but too much will make you nauseous.
  • Verses 21 and 22 tell us to do good even to our enemies. In doing so, we give them more insult than to retaliate because everyone (even them) will know we’re a better person than they are. Also, we’re trusting God to avenge us if it’s really necessary.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Often in this chapter, we are told to be humble. It’s better for people to speak highly of you than for you to and others disagree. We shouldn’t seek our own honor or praise. If you deserve it others will give it to you and if not then God will know you did well.
  • Solomon was the king of Israel, the author of much of Proverbs and widely known as the wisest man ever to have lived. In this chapter he tells us frequently to be humble, to live honorably, to trust God and to be trustworthy. These are all character traits. They’re not a list of rules or tasks to follow. It’s interesting that the wisest man in the world teaches us to guard our character. If the wisest man ever teaches us to develop and guard good character then shouldn’t we listen?

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

  • How’s your character? How’s your integrity? Integrity is doing the right thing even when others aren’t watching and would never find out. Ask God to help you develop your character and to keep your integrity.