A Little Wisdom Here, A Little Wisdom There

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 05/22/2022 5:30pm

Always Cooking Up Something Nasty

12-15 Swindlers and scoundrels

    talk out of both sides of their mouths.

They wink at each other, they shuffle their feet,

    they cross their fingers behind their backs.

Their perverse minds are always cooking up something nasty,

    always stirring up trouble.

Catastrophe is just around the corner for them,

    a total wreck, their lives ruined beyond repair.

Seven Things God Hates

16-19 Here are six things God hates,

    and one more that he loathes with a passion:

        eyes that are arrogant,

        a tongue that lies,

        hands that murder the innocent,

        a heart that hatches evil plots,

        feet that race down a wicked track,

        a mouth that lies under oath,

        a troublemaker in the family.

Warning on Adultery

20-23 Good friend, follow your father’s good advice;

    don’t wander off from your mother’s teachings.

Wrap yourself in them from head to foot;

    wear them like a scarf around your neck.

Wherever you walk, they’ll guide you;

    whenever you rest, they’ll guard you;

    when you wake up, they’ll tell you what’s next.

For sound advice is a beacon,

    good teaching is a light,

    moral discipline is a life path.

-Proverbs 6:12-23 The Message

12 A worthless person, a wicked man,

    goes about with crooked speech,

13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,

    points with his finger,

14 with perverted heart devises evil,

    continually sowing discord;

15, therefore, calamity will come upon him suddenly;

    in a moment, he will be broken beyond healing.

16 There are six things that the Lord hates,

    seven that are an abomination to him:

17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

    and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 a heart that devises wicked plans,

    feet that make haste to run to evil,

19 a false witness who breathes out lies,

    and one who sows discord among brothers.

Warnings Against Adultery

20 My son, keep your father’s commandment,

    and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

21 Bind them on your heart always;

    tie them around your neck.

22 When you walk, they will lead you;

    when you lie down, they will watch over you;

    and when you awake, they will talk with you.

23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,

    and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.

Verses 20-23 studies: It’s good for children to become independent of their parents as they grow up. But as young adults, they shouldn’t be deaf to their parents’ advice or anything. If a young adult struggles with a decision or needs insight, check with your parents or other trusted adults. The extra years of experience may hold the key to the wisdom you are seeking.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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