Today’s Reading: Proverbs 16-17
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Key Verses: Proverbs 17:22
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
In the synagogue at Nazareth Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah (Luke 4:16-30). This was Jesus’ mission statement as He began three years of public ministry. He declares that “The Spirit of the Lord…has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…”
When reading this book, it’s difficult to choose which proverb to highlight. These words are dripping with wisdom! Examples — “Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established” (16:3) and “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (16:18). Consider this, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (16:25). Then there are prescriptions for maintaining good health, our key verse, as well as, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones” (16:24). All grandparents need to listen up, particularly grandfathers: “Children’s children are the crown of old men” (17:6a). Who are our true friends? “A friend loves at all times” (17:17a). This works both ways. Each one of us needs to ask ourself, “Am I a true friend?”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I’m not capable of carrying out the wisdom of the Proverbs on my own. I ask for Your daily grace. (I’m singing as I type, the old hymn written by Joseph Scrivens of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus!”…click here for a rendition of this classic song when Guy Penrod sang it on 100 Huntley Street). Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My reaction to the Proverbs is “WOW!” and “OUCH!” I have learned a little wisdom (very little I think sometimes), and I am learning more as I read, mark, remember, and inwardly digest what I’m reading. For example, I need to do better in sticking to my goal of 100 words in each section of this blog. The last verse of Proverbs says, “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips [keeps to 100 words in my case], he is considered perceptive.” That’s it! I’ll stop right now. My original idea in this blog was to be short, so busy people would find time to read the Scriptures daily and complete the entire Bible in two years.
Yours with the intention of dispensing the wisdom of the ages,
P.S. I found it hard to resist a few more words, given the topic of our key verse! Please check out this segment from 100 Huntley Street from a couple of years ago, when we featured a DVD offer of our made-for-TV seniors’ series called, Really Good Medicine (click here). I’m not sure if any copies of the DVD are still available, but to find out you could call the Crossroads Order Line during business hours at 1-800-265-3100.
My heart if full of thanks this morning. Our 7 year old granddaughter asked Jesus to come into her heart last night. Her mom told me that it was a very proud moment for her. Tears of joy!!
Praise God, Ruby! How joyful for you! God’s continued blessings on your dear granddaughter!
Yes, Praise God…rejoicing with you Grandma and your family!!
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established (16:3) has always been a favourite verse. Holding you up to our Lord in prayer dear sister, Lianne, that He wraps you in His loving arms of protection. Seeking prayer for peace, direction and answer to prayer, at this time. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord. May God bring special favour to each of you, today.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Num 6:24-26 ESV
Chris Tomlin – Good Good Father (Lyrics And Chords)
Amen Beverlee. Blessings to all, and thanks to Ron Ann and Reynold for this daily blog. Eleanor M.
PS Thinking of Norma Jean, it will be the first Christmas since Pastor David went to be with Our Lord.
Thank you Beverlee…and may “The Lord bless you, and the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you…!”
Amen! Beverlee Kay.
Thanks for sharing your comments and prayers.
May God bless each one on the blog according to His Will,
in Jesus’ Almighty Name, Amen!
Prov 16 1-3
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Wedding Spring 2018.
Praise God Ruby for the good news. Lifting you up in prayer Beverlee for peace, direction and answer to prayer at this time in Jesus Name. Amen! So many good proverbs in our reading today.
Yes, so many good proverbs in today’s Word. What a blessing!!!
Yes, thinking of you Norma-Jean and family as you will be missing the physical presents of your beloved husband and father as you celebrate this special time of the year; may the memories of David be ever so close to you as you share them with one another. Dear Lord Jesus I pray, keep them all in the palm of Your Hand during this time. Amen!!