Manna For Today: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 17
God’s wisdom exceeds our ability to totally grasp, yet He makes available to us windows through which we can both see and practice the principles of wisdom He teaches us.
Wisdom from God for us is not a state of mind but a lifestyle learned from observation and application.
Consider the following and allow God to reveal their applications for you today:
1. Proverbs 17:1 – Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.
• If your pursuit of more is foundational to your challenges at home, perhaps less is actually more.
2. Proverbs 17:3 – Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
• God doesn’t assess us by the condition of our economy but by the condition of our hearts.
3. Proverbs 17:7 – Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler.
• Right thinking and right speaking must be done under right circumstances with the right people.
4. Proverbs 17:9 – Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
• Forgiveness is to the hope of love what cleansing is to an open wound.
5. Proverbs 17:11 – Evil people are eager for rebellion, but they will be severely punished.
• The reward of rebellion is self-destruction.
6. Proverbs 17:14 – Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.
• A wise old man once told me, “The best way to fix some problems is to give them a good letting alone.”
7. Proverbs 17:17 – A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
• Committed support and timely assistance are the result of God’s favor in our lives.
8. Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
• Encouragement is a balm that will heal all manner of brokenness.
9. Proverbs 17:24 – Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
• Whatever you want to become begin to focus on that. You are today what you were focused on yesterday.
10. Proverbs 17:28 – Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
• Silence is a spiritual discipline that we may do well to exercise daily.
Peace and blessings!