Saturday, November 12, 2011

Proverbs 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 26. 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 (and all of Proverbs really) talk about how difficult the life of a fool is. The writer warns of the pitfalls of foolishness to drive the reader to strive for wisdom.
  • Verse 11 is a great reminder for us to keep away from repeating the same failures over and over again.
  • Verse 13 is hilarious but true. A lazy person always makes up excuses not to work; excuses as silly as “there’s a lion in the street.”
  • Verse 20 is the perfect description of how gossip only fuels the flames of an argument.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • This chapter is full of great advice to not be and stay away from foolish, gossiping and lazy people. It’s good for us to read these poignant views of these types of people so we don’t end up being them. 

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

  • It’s easy for us to gossip or be lazy. Which one is most difficult for you? Ask God to help you be more diligent in your work and to stay far from talking about people.