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“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

“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself” (Proverbs 11:25 NKJV).

March 23, 2020

THE RICH AND GENEROUS LIFE OF THE OPEN HAND God’s Word promises that the one who is generous will be made rich. The promise is further illustrated by the phrase, “he who waters will also be watered himself.” Perhaps Solomon was sitting near the Jordan River when he wrote this proverb. As the snow melted

“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14 NKJV).

March 16, 2020

DO YOU SEEK WISE COUNSEL BEFORE DECIDING? It has been said that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Similarly, those who refuse to learn from the experience of others are doomed to make the same mistakes that they have made. And even when they do take the time to get