Proverbs 17

I know several people that read a Proverb a day. With 31 Proverbs, it works out well in a month. Let’s look at a Proverb a day this week and see what God has to say.

Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker.

He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished. v. 5 (WEB)

Jesus’ Bible says that it is the ‘least of these’ that I should serve. Those who experience hurricanes, earthquakes, loss of job; who are in jail; who are needy – what opportunities to serve does God open?

Children’s children are the crown of old men;

the glory of children are their parents. v. 6 (WEB)

The fruit of my grandchildren’s lives may be the truth of what I sowed in my children’s lives. May my children be proud of the truths they see in my life in Jesus.

Whoever rewards evil for good,

evil shall not depart from his house. v. 13 (WEB)

A warning! Get some Holy fear, Jody!

The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam,

therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out. v. 14 (WEB)

Complaining, angry, hurtful words may be followed with an apology but those words can never be ‘recalled’.

He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous,

both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh. v. 15 (WEB)

Have you ever wondered (as a Christian) about sitting on a jury? God teaches me in His word that there are consequences for my actions. His forgiveness is not withheld but there are still consequences.

A cheerful heart makes good medicine,

but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. v. 22 (WEB)

To me, one of the most extraordinary manifestations of God’s love for me is His healing power. In this world that exacts bruises and stabs to my heart every day, Jesus is the Great Physician who has the healing that my heart needs. He wants to give abundantly to heal. Am I willing to soak in His life-giving Spirit?

He who spares his words has knowledge.

He who is even tempered is a man of understanding. v. 27 (WEB)

I don’t know who it was that observed and said, “We have two ears and two eyes and only one mouth. We should make use of them accordingly.” I have learned a lot from my husband, Henry. He is the “even tempered” one in our marriage. He has taught me a lot about meditating and discussing with God first and then speaking it aloud.

My first day with Proverbs gave me a lot to think about. That is a good habit to cultivate.

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