Morning Hope – May 10, 2011

Today’s bible readings:

  • 1 Samuel 25-26
  • Luke 22
  • Proverbs 10
  • Psalm 64-65

Proverb 10 really caught my eye today. It is a proverb that compares what the righteous look like and what the wicked look like. So often today we forget that we are to be light to the world, so we should stand out. We should be different. Today’s proverb was a reminder of that.  I want to take a quick look at a few verses in this proverb and see what we should look like.

 1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. (KJV)

How is your relationship with your parents? Siblings? Grandparents? The people that raised us? Spiritual parents? Can we do something about it today? Have we done everything we can do to live in peace as much as it depends on us? Have we taken it to the Lord in prayer?

  3The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked. (KJV)

During times the world is going through hard times, are we prospering and being a blessing to those in need? We should be. Read in Exodus about the Israelites in Egypt and Goshen during the plagues if you need a quick refresher.

4He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. (KJV)

This really speaks to me of a work ethic. Small things at work can speak volumes to the unbeliever. Whether it’s something like taking a pen accidently and remembering to return it, or whether it’s how we handle our breaks , returning from them on time and not using work time for personal business, it’s all important.

5He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. (KJV)

There should be miracles in the believers life that deal with knowing the right time to do and say things. These will lift up and prosper the believer and bring honor and prosperity to your family. Are we awake, ready for a harvest?

 8The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. (KJV)

Are we quick to receive correction from the Word and implement it in our life? Are we quietly listening for His voice to correct us, or are we the only one talking during prayer time?

11The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. (KJV)

When we speak to others are we speaking in love and not to tear down?

12Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. (KJV)

We want to be one that covers with love, not one that stirs up strife with our words and actions. Is there someone we need to repent to today for not walking in love?

15The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty. (KJV)

Are we properly using your prosperity to bless others? Is there somewhere we can do better in this area?

18He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. (KJV)

Are out tongues flapping with gossip or to tear down , or are they building up in love?

19In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

20The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

 21The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom. (KJV)

Again, the importance of our words are emphasized. I haven’t even listed all the verses in this proverb that deal with this. Is there some area where we need to be quiet? Some area that we need to speak and aren’t? Some area that we need to learn to hear the voice of the Spirit about when to speak and when not to? This is extremely important in marriages.

22The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. (KJV)

This verse is powerful.  I think I will just leave it  to have you read a few times and let you hear what He would say to you about it.

24The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. (KJV)

Job also said this, “That which I feared came upon me”.  If you are in fear in an area, I would encourage you to get into the Word and build up your faith in that area, so that fear has no place.

27The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. (KJV)

We should be living longer than the unbeliever. That’s something to ponder! 🙂

I hope you do read the whole proverb to get the full impact of it, I am just touching on a few points.

We are light!

Be blessed!

-Kath

Scripture quotations marked “KJV” are taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version, Cambridge, 1769.

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