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“Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit” (Proverbs 25:16 NKJV)

October 15, 2020

DO YOU ALWAYS WANT MORE? Solomon pondered the question, “Can you ever have too much of a good thing?”   In short, his answer was in the affirmative. He advised that you should practice moderation, eating “only as much as you need,” so that you wouldn’t make yourself sick.   But we have a problem.

“He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given” (Proverbs 19:17 NKJV).

July 18, 2020

GOD IS DEBTOR TO THE ONE WHO GIVES TO THE POOR This is an astounding proverb! God willingly makes Himself a debtor to the one who shows pity on the poor, giving to them. Someone may hesitate to give to a poor person, but who would not lend to the Lord? Surely the One who

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24 NKJV).

July 10, 2020

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS The first part of this proverb applies the law of reciprocity to friendship. The law of reciprocity says that you reap what you sow. Therefore, if you want friends, be friendly. Sow friendship, reap friends.   However, the final line of the proverb, if taken in contrast, might

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22 NKJV).

July 9, 2020

THE DIVINE FAVOR FOUND IN A GODLY MARRIAGE Marriage was God’s idea. It is not a mere social construct, but a Divine creation. It is God’s provision for man’s need for companionship and oneness. This oneness is three-dimensional, involving the physical, the soul and the spirit. It is also God’s plan for having children and

“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness” (Proverbs 16:31 NKJV).

June 10, 2020

SILVER HAIR IS NO CROWN WITHOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS Solomon wrote during an age when elders were honored and silver hair was considered a crown. But Solomon made clear that age alone was not sufficient for such glory. For without righteousness, the elderly are perhaps even more “laden with iniquity” (Gill) than the young. For they have

“The person who labors, labors for himself, for his hungry mouth drives him on.” (Proverbs 16:26 NKJV).

June 8, 2020

HUNGER CAN BE A BLESSING A wise observation by King Solomon: Hunger motivates work. In other words, hunger can act as an incentive for one to labor for himself. Self-employment is hard, but often the most rewarding, for both the stomach and for one’s self-respect. Of course, the opposite must also be true: Full stomachs

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV).

May 29, 2020

MAKING PLANS DURING A TIME LIKE THIS There is no biblical prohibition against making plans. There is wisdom in planning for the future. Yet, it is foolish to leave the Lord out of our planning for God is the one who holds the future. So, ask for God’s wisdom when making plans. Seek godly counsel.

“Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred” (Proverbs 15:17 NKJV).

May 17, 2020

LOVE MAKES THE MEAL When there is no love in the home no amount of food or furnishing can compensate. Without love, a rich banquet is dry and tasteless. Without love, the steak is too tough and the bread, too hard.   But with love, the simplest fare is life-giving. Everything tastes better with love.

“The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share its joy” (Proverbs 14:10 NKJV).

April 28, 2020

BE CAREFUL WHEN SAYING ‘I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL’ John Donne wrote that “no man is an island,” illustrating his conviction that we should recognize the unity and commonality of all humanity. Yet, the Proverb teaches that there is within a man that which cannot be fully shared nor understood by another. For the depth

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25 NKJV).

April 9, 2020

THE POWER OF A GOOD WORD Are your words a pressure cooker or a pressure release for others? When you see someone struggling with anxiety, do they need something more to worry about? Or do they need a “good word” that lifts them up? Consider how people perceive you. When they see you coming, what