IN JULY OF THIS 2020 YEAR, THE LORD GAVE ME A PROVERBS JOURNAL THAT ALLOWED ME TO READ A CHAPTER EACH DAY, AND THEN NOTE FROM THAT READING. BELOW WILL BE A LINK TO THE CHAPTER FOR EACH DAY, MY NOTES FOR THAT CHAPTER, AND SOME DAYS POETRY THAT HIS WORD INSPIRED ME TO WRITE AS WELL. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL AND STRENGTHENING JOURNEY.
THANKS GOD FOR THE MOMENTS! I LOVE YOU!
Proverbs, Chapter 19 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)
Lord, You word is filled with instruction, warning, love, and so much more. So much of that instruction regards the tongue and the power it has. So much of our wisdom, knowledge, and understanding is wrapped up in the use of it (and the sometimes wisest understanding in NOT using it).
So when Your chapter 19 of Proverbs begins with “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool (verse 1),” it is not a surprise to me, but rather a familiar friend with whom I can trust sound counsel, wise rebuke, and a loving warning. Tough love that seeks to preserve my soul, and my walk with the LORD as well. And so I love hearing from that familiar friend.
That familiar friend (which is Your instruction) tells me it is not good to be without knowledge, nor to be hasty, nor to pervert my way, nor fret against You, nor to make a false witness, nor speak lies.
You also give us strong illustrations of what it means to be poor, in that being without discretion, wisdom integrity, knowledge, understanding, and many things that are basically being without those things which You give are instruction. You give those things because of their value, their necessity, and their power to keep us from the evil that is to fall into, and to be misled by.
Our friends may not value those same instructions, but that in itself is a treasure, a guide to know who is a true friend, and to discern wise counsel from evil counsel, especially when Your word tells us how valuable counsel itself is.
Your commandment tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and verse 8 tells us we love our own soul when we get wisdom, and find good in keeping understanding. Our discretion defers our anger. It is glory to overlook a transgression. Favor is as dew on the grass (Your favor). A wise wife is from You. (I value this for my son.)
We are not to be slothful, nor idle. We are to keep the commandments, not despise them. In having pit on the poor, we are lending to You. We are to chasten our children so that in love we spare them from punishments that they could learn to avoid now. If we prevent them from learning the consequences of their actions, they will do those actions again and again, expecting us to suffer for them.
Help me to receive counsel, to hear instruction, and to help my son do the same. Help us to cling to the counsel that will stand… YOURS. Fear of You tends to life. Help us not to listen to counsel that causes us to err so that we will not face that judgment prepared for scorners, nor the stripes for the backs of fools. Help us to acknowledge You in all our ways, that we would have You directing our paths. We love You!