Manna For Today: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 21
1. Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases.
• The only things that can hinder God from directing the flow of our hearts are the dams we’ve erected that stop the flow. Ask God to search your heart and tear down any obstacle to the free flow of His direction.
2. Proverbs 21:3 – The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.
• The question we must ask ourselves is, am I offering sacrifices and neglecting doing right in some detail of my life? Sacrifice can never redeem wrong doing.
3. Proverbs 21:5 – Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
• Process is that part of life that is sometimes inconvenient and troublesome. Process is also the pattern that God has set for what we must do through Him that leads to success.
4. Proverbs 21:9 – It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
• The things to be valued most in life are not material. It’s the intangible fruit of the Spirit that we need most; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
5. Proverbs 21:13 – Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.
• According to the Word of God, the best insurance against lack in our time of need is not to neglect the poor. Find someone in need today and do an act of mercy.
6. Proverbs 21:15 – Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.
• Advocacy is the responsibility of every believer; the Bible is clear about that. Dr. King once said that “injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere.”
7. Proverbs 21:21 – Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.
• God has wired our lives in such a way that what we need most to survive are both freely given to us and produced only by Him. All we have to do is to get after it!
8. Proverbs 21:23 – Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.
• Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences – Proverbs 18:20-21.
9. Proverbs 21:26 – Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!
• Don’t have for breakfast what you should have for dinner. Giving is a seed that will meet any need.
10. Proverbs 21:31 – The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.
• Every success in our life must point back to the cause. Every good thing is from above!
Peace and blessings!