Peace and Quiet

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 17 Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. (v. 1) If a dry crust is better than strife, then strife must taste pretty awful. A family meal erupts into disagreement between two people. The delicious food becomes tasteless. Your appetite disappears, and the argument hangs over the table like a dark cloud ready to burst forth its destructive winds. Or imagine this. You’re having a great time out for the …

Good Listening—God Living

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 16 Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. (v. 20) “Will you listen?” You’ve been asked that, haven’t you? Sometimes, the question comes as a gentle request to turn your ear to a friend in distress. Likely, too, the question has come from a frustrated parent who really needed you to focus on what you needed to hear. “Will you listen?” is a question from God that …

Life List

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 15 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD; how much more the hearts of the children of man! (v. 11) As you read Proverbs, do you sometimes feel as if you’re reading a list? Well, you’re right! Proverbs is often arranged as a series of truths to keep in your heart. Proverb’s “list truths” will guide you to know and believe the truths God has revealed for your life. What is the truth today? You must know …

Do Good

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 13 Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. (v. 21) As I listen to people talk about their lives, I have heard people say, “I wish I could have done better.” It is certainly commendable when people realize they could have made better choices. But why don’t people just do what is right? Today’s reading talks about misfortune pursuing the sinner. As I consider the problems people face in this life, it makes me wonder, …

Good Words Require Work

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 12:15-18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (v. 18) I’m guilty of it, and likely you are too. I have spoken words that have been reckless and have cut like a sword. I’m thankful for people in my life over the years who have corrected me. I hope you have had the same blessing. One great lesson that comes out of understanding God’s blessings throughout the …

God’s Precious Family

Bob James

Read: Proverbs 11 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. (v. 29) The family is a precious thing to God. He created the family through Adam and Eve’s union and the mandate to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). He repeated this creation mandate to Noah and his family after the great flood (Genesis 9:1). To you parents, I’d like to ask, “How committed are you to …