A Clear Path

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READ : Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6, RSV I can remember it as clearly as if it were yesterday. I was sitting with my parents in a little church in Yonkers, New York. It was a few short weeks after I had become a Christian. I was eager to learn of the …

Anyone for Loyalty

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READ : Proverbs 3:3-4 “Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you. Bind them about your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3-4, RSV What about that? Someone is speaking for loyalty. Someone is praising faithfulness. It’s a voice from the past, from the Old Testament book of Proverbs, chapter 3, verses 3 and 4. It’s the counsel of a wise man, …

A Seeking Heart

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READ : Proverbs 2:1-6 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom. Proverbs 2:1-6a, RSV …

Where Wisdom Starts

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READ : Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:10, RSV What in human life would you say is supremely desirable? What is the highest good, the richest treasure, the “pearl,” as we say, “of great price”? For the writers of the Old Testament Proverbs there can be no doubt about the answer. To them what is most worth seeking for, for all of us, …

Every Word

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READ : Proverbs 30:05 Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5, RSV “Every word of God proves true.” There is much compressed into little, a sentence short in words but long in wisdom. This thought from an ancient proverb is worth mulling over. “Every word of God proves true.” I was talking about this verse from Proverbs 30:5 with some of my friends recently at an early morning …

The Mightiest Ruler

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READ : Proverbs 16:32 What is the truest royalty, the worthiest exercise of dominion? What is it in God’s eyes to be a mighty king, a ruler of genuine strength? Listen to this ancient saying from God’s Word. It’s in the book of Proverbs, chapter 16, verse 32: He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Think of that! To keep your temper is better …