Proverbs 8

Life is like a book

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Your life is like a book authored by God. Impossible you say. What makes me so important that He would write a book about you? Well, He loves you.

Book, Life, Chapters
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Life is like a book. When you meet someone, you never know which chapter of their life you have entered. But when you figure that out, you’re better able to relate to them. At the same time, your life is like a series of chapters being written too. Don’t neglect to think about where you’re at in your own story. 

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Your Neverending Story

Furthermore, our stories all have context—interrelated conditions in which someone or something exists—that makes us who we are. Our backgrounds. Our experiences, parents, beliefs, and geographic locations. The list of factors that shape us into who we are is endless. In other words, nobody lives in a bubble. We are who we are based on myriad factors—and the better we understand what those factors are, the better equipped we will be to deal with conflict.

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So context matters. One of the reasons we experience tension is because of the context of our lives. 

And more than any other factor, your view of God is extremely important in how it shapes your story. If you feel God has let you down, your story is shaped or reshaped. You feel like God exists but isn’t present in your life, your story is shaped or reshaped. God is your Creator, your God,your God Savior, your story is shaped or reshaped.

Conflict with others

When you are in conflict with another person, you’d do well to remember that their view of God is extremely important for their story too. Do you know what they think about God?

Scripture

Think about them in terms of what they tell us we can be sure is true of God.

God is the Creator – Psalm 139:13–14; Isaiah 40:28

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
Isaiah 40:28

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalms 139:13‭-‬14

God is holy and the ultimate Judge- James 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:14–16

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:14‭-‬16

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
James 4:12

God sent his Son as the Savior of the world Romans 5:6–8

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6‭-‬8

God is a Protector – 2 Thessalonians: 3-3

God is goodPsalm 107:1

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalms 107:1

God is merciful – Psalm 145:9

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
Psalms 145:9

Understanding God like that is a good background for writing the rest of your story!

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Magnify Proverbs 10

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Proverbs 10

Invitations of Wisdom and Folly

Proverbs of Solomon

The proverbs of Solomon:

A wise son brings joy to his father,
    but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
    but righteousness delivers from death.

The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
    but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
    but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

The name of the righteous is used in blessings,
    but the name of the wicked will rot.

The wise in heart accept commands,
    but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
    but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
    and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over all wrongs.

Scripture continued…

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
    but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

14 The wise store up knowledge,
    but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
    but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

16 The wages of the righteous is life,
    but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.

17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
    but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
    and spreads slander is a fool.

19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
    but the prudent hold their tongues.

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
    but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
    but fools die for lack of sense.

22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
    without painful toil for it.

24 What the wicked dread will overtake them;
    what the righteous desire will be granted.

23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
    but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.

25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
    but the righteous stand firm forever.

26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
    so are sluggards to those who send them.

27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
    but the years of the wicked are cut short.

28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
    but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
    but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
    but the wicked will not remain in the land.

31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
    but a perverse tongue will be silenced.

32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
    but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

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Core values

Every parent knows that children can bring amazing joy, but also deep heartache and worry. In Proverbs, there is such a rich tradition of family values that is sometimes overlooked, but it was actually deeply embedded into the Israelites, God’s people. Family loyalty was a strong value, and it was supposed to trickle down from generation to generation.

Today, family values seem to have shifted, and the art of family values seems to have diminished. The first verse in our reading really sets the stage for the chapter and our devotion today.

“A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.” (Proverbs 10:1)

Parent-child relationship

I do not know your family background or what you would call family, but in this verse there is an important mark of wisdom when it comes to our families. This son’s actions do affect his parents and it is something he needs to consider when making decisions in his life. The parent-child relationship is a two-way street. One affects the other. Take a moment and think about your family dynamics right now. If you are the dad, how do you think God is guiding you into wisdom as a father? The mom, how is God guiding you into wisdom as a mother? The son or daughter, how is God guiding you into wisdom with your parents?

Are there some things you need to ask forgiveness about?

Are there things you have forgotten that have brought you joy, and you need to remind your son or daughter how much they are adored by you?

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Today, make sure you hug people in your family and tell them how much you love them.

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Magnify Proverbs 9

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Proverbs 9

Invitations of Wisdom and Folly

Wisdom has built her house;
    she has set up its seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
    she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servants, and she calls
    from the highest point of the city,
    “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
    “Come, eat my food
    and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
    walk in the way of insight.”

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
    whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
    rebuke the wise and they will love you.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
    teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through wisdom your days will be many,
    and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
    if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

13 Folly is an unruly woman;
    she is simple and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house,
    on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by,
    who go straight on their way,
16     “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
17     “Stolen water is sweet;
    food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
    that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

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Stepping on Legos

Photo by Polesie Toys on Pexels.com

Why does it hurt so much? It all has to do with the material these stacking block toys are made out of, according to scientists. It’s called ABS plastic and it’s a combo of three different types of materials that make them strong, resistant, and shiny. All of these characteristics combined means those blocks are small, but mighty, and don’t give way under pressure.

Because of this, the pressure of your weight ends up cramming the brick up into your foot — and since this is such a soft area (with a ton of sensory receptors), that’s not a good combination.

I am always amazed how meticulous most Lego models and building can be. Start the building phase. Lay everything out in a specific area so you know exactly what you have in front of you, and to make sure you are not missing anything. Laying it all out first teaches you it is easier to build the project. If you don’t follow the directions, the death star would be a complete mess.

How are you building Godly Wisdom?

As you read through Proverbs 9 today, I want you to think about how you are building Godly wisdom in your life right now. How would you define wisdom, and what do you think are the things God is asking you to build into your life right now? If you were to receive a Godly wisdom Lego set, what would it look like?

  • Would you build it with honesty?
  • Will you build it with humility?
  • How much joy you build it with?

Write down 7 attributes of wisdom you want your life to have as a foundation.

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