Proverbs 20 – August 20

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Proverbs 20
Author: James Osborne

The book of Proverbs is a writing filled with pithy statements on everyday life.. The book gives us sayings of counsel and knowledge. But the writer also understands life can be understood only in part—wisdom has limits. The book certainly does not espouse that one can be wise while ignoring religion—quite to the contrary it argues that a life of insight, self-restraint and care for others will inevitably lead to a kind of faith.

One of the great statements found in the Proverbs is found in chapter 20, verse 27:

“God is in charge of human life,
watching and examining us inside and out.”

This is good news to us as believers. Knowing that a powerful and gracious God is concerned about me and is willing to watch and examine me is reassuring. He also says in verse 24: “The very steps we take come from God; otherwise how would we know where we are going?

Chapter 20 is full of advice and wisdom that can be very helpful as we live our everyday lives, but the author reminds us that God is merciful, omniscient, wise and provides for all that we need.

Proverbs 20 – July 20

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Proverbs 20
Author: Luke Anderson

What do you want to be when you grow up?

We are often asked this when we are young, and often times I’m sure you answered, “I want to be like my dad!”

We all look up to our parents, or someone in our lives that is older than us. That is why one of our church mottos is “1 Older” You are being looked up to, parents! We want to be like you.

In the song “Watching You” by Rodney Adkins this phrase comes to life.

Adkins describes a son who copies the things his dad does, both good and bad. When the son is asked where he learned to act like that, the son replies:

He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad. Ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
We got cowboy boots and camo pants.
Yeah, we’re just alike. Hey, ain’t we, dad?
I wanna do everything you do.
So I’ve been watching you.”

I love this song because it is true to me, I want to be like my dad. Things that he does I wish I could do. One day I will grow up and will raise my kids the way he raised me.

Little kids look up, both physically and in life problems. The son looks up to his dad. “I want to be just like you.” “I’ve been watching you.”

To everyone out there, someone is looking up to you! That might be a kid at school, or your child, or your nephew, or someone you met at church, but someone is watching what you do. If you are doing something wrong then they will do that. If it is something right, then they will do that, too.

Proverbs 20:7 says “Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right.” (GNB)

We are fortunate to have you and if you are making a bad decision, we will probably make it too. The Bible talks about raising your kids up in what is right and that is very true because we do look up to you.

Do what is right in the eyes of the LORD, because if you do it, chances are some one else will follow in your footsteps.

I invite you to teach your kids in what is right because it will be passed on to future generations and if you were not raised right, then I invite you to change that. There is still time to teach your kids and raise them up in honest and right things.

Proverbs 20 – June 20

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Proverbs 20
Author: Daniel Wheeler

One of the early instructions we hear in Proverbs is to keep or protect sound judgment and discretion. There are many things that endanger our sound judgment and discretion and will lead us astray. Some are obvious and some are not.

Proverbs 20 touches on a few of the things we encounter that can deceive us and entice us to act like fools. Alcohol is one of the obvious. We don’t have to look very far to find examples of people who have allowed alcohol to rob them of their sound judgment and have suffered terribly as a result.

Likewise, we can be deceived by others who wish to rob us – for example, dishonest buyers and dishonest sellers. We must be aware of circumstances where people may not be telling us the truth.

Perhaps the most deceptive thing we encounter is our own hearts. Knowing our own hearts and our own motives – seeing our own pride – hearing our own lies – this wisdom and insight can only come from God. Only God can reveal the heart.

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So, how does God reveal this wisdom? Ironically, it may come in the sincere rebuke of a wise person who wounds us with God’s truth.

May we have the humility to reject deception and accept instruction.