Today the 27th = Proverbs 27

[Scripture is from the CEV]

Don’t brag about tomorrow!
Each day brings its own surprises.
2 Don’t brag about yourself — let others praise you.            Verses 1-2

An angry person is dangerous, but a jealous person is even worse.

5 A truly good friend will openly correct you.
6 You can trust a friend who corrects you,
but kisses from an enemy are nothing but lies.              Verses 4-6

When you are far from home, you feel like a bird without a nest.
9 The sweet smell of incense can make you feel good,
but true friendship is better still.             Verses 8-9

Be cautious and hide when you see danger—
don’t be stupid and walk right into trouble.       Verse 12

The steady dripping of rain and the nagging of a wife are one and the same.
16 It’s easier to catch the wind or hold olive oil in your hand than to stop a nagging wife.

17 Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other.          Verses 15-17

I have often written that one of the Bible study exercises that I do is to read the Proverbs chapter that corresponds with the day of the month it happens to be. This has been a wonderful way to study especially when I have been traveling and do not want to add my study books to the bulging weight of my luggage. With a Bible version on my phone or Kindle/Nook, I have all that I need to spend time listening to what Jesus wants to teach me today.

It’s good to dig in and spend time reading a chapter in the Bible and then pull a concordance and follow some related texts and then Google 2-3 commentaries and see what others have said on the chapter. And pull it all together with prayer and meditation on the verses that I originally read. But, frankly, most days I think God wants me to just read like I did today, identify verses that are straightforward teaching and consider how I am doing at applying His commands in my day-to-day, real life. Most days I can say without hesitation, “Yes, LORD, I need to work a bit more on that!”

God did not make His commands and precepts convoluted or obscure. He is a perfect parent who sets the rules of His home in basic declarative sentences. God wants me to succeed; He doesn’t try to make my life difficult and set me up to fail!

So today I am looking at these 11 verses and pasting them into my life. I am going to keep it simple and real and sit at the Teacher’s feet and listen to how I can live my life more fully obedient and glorify Him in every step.

Sitting at the Feet of Jesus, author unknown, sung by Bill Gaither Vocal Band

 

 

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