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Wisdom For Real Living

Dear God 

September 26, 2021

 

Here are seven random axioms from the book of Proverbs to make you wiser in the here and now. 

 

Proverbs 27

 Do not boast about tomorrow,

for you do not know what a day may bring.

2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;

an outsider, and not your own lips.

3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden,

but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,

but who can stand before jealousy?

5 Better is open rebuke

than hidden love.

6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,

but an enemy multiplies kisses.

7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb,

but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

8 Like a bird that flees its nest

is anyone who flees from home.

9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,

and the pleasantness of a friend

springs from their heartfelt advice.

10 Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family,

and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you—

better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.

11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;

then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.

12 The prudent see danger and take refuge,

but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;

hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.

14 If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning,

it will be taken as a curse.

15 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping

of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;

16 restraining her is like restraining the wind

or grasping oil with the hand.

17 As iron sharpens iron,

so one person sharpens another.

18 The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,

and whoever protects their master will be honored.

19 As water reflects the face,

so one’s life reflects the heart.

20 Death and Destruction are never satisfied,

and neither are human eyes.

21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,

but people are tested by their praise.

22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar,

grinding them like grain with a pestle,

you will not remove their folly from them.

23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,

give careful attention to your herds;

24 for riches do not endure forever,

and a crown is not secure for all generations.

25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears

and the grass from the hills is gathered in,

26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,

and the goats with the price of a field.

27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family

and to nourish your female servants.

 

  1. Question: Dear God, how should I go about planning for the future?

 

Answer: Always give God your plans.

 

 1 Do not boast about tomorrow, 

for you do not know what a day may bring.

 

  1. Question: Dear God, what should I do when I feel really proud of myself?

 

Answer: Praise others, not yourself.

 

2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; 

an outsider, and not your own lips. 

 

  1. Question: Dear God, how do you view anger and jealousy?

 

Answer: Both are very destructive, however jealousy is worse.

 

4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, 

but who can stand before jealousy? 

 

  1. Question: Dear God, I have friends who are off the beaten path, what should I do?

 

Answer: Real love speaks truth to others.

 

    Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,

    but an enemy multiplies kisses.

 

  1. Question: Dear God, what kind of people should I befriend?

 

Answer: Make friends with people who are wise.

 

9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, 

and the pleasantness of a friend 

springs from their heartfelt advice.

 

  1. Question: Dear God, how should I view criticism?

 

Answer: You should be in a community where you are becoming a better version of yourself.

 

17 As iron sharpens iron, 

so one person sharpens another. 

 

  1. Question: Dear God, How should I go about financial planning?

 

Answer: You should pay attention to your finances now and make sure your plans are in proper order.

 

23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, 

give careful attention to your herds; 

24 for riches do not endure forever, 

and a crown is not secure for all generations. 

25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears 

and the grass from the hills is gathered in, 

26 the lambs will provide you with clothing, 

and the goats with the price of a field. 

27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family  and to nourish your female servants. 

 

Next steps:

  • Take each axiom and ask which one or ones do I need to work on this week?
  • Once you determine which one applies to you then share with your spouse or a friend so they can hold you accountable.
  • Set up goals that will help you change in that particular area.
  • Memorize the verse that supports that axiom.
  • Find more verses that go with the axiom you have chosen. For instance if it is finances then type in google “what does the Bible say about finances?”
  • You may be struggling to accept these axioms as principles to follow and that may be because you do not yet have a personal relationship with God. I invite you to consider starting a relationship with God.

Connection prayer:  Thank you for what your Son did on the cross for me. I now, with what faith I have, confess that you Jesus died on the cross for my sins, were buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. I take you as my Savior, Lord, and Leader. Please forgive me of my sins and thank you for your forgiveness. Help me to follow you all the days of my life. Amen

 

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