Observant More Than We Think V

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 07/02/2022 11:30am

21 The empty-headed treat life as a plaything;

    the perceptive grasp its meaning and make a go of it.

22 Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail;

    take good counsel and watch them succeed.

23 Congenial conversation—what a pleasure!

    The right word at the right time—beautiful!

24 Life ascends to the heights for the thoughtful—

    it’s a clean about-face from descent into hell.

25 God smashes the pretensions of the arrogant;

    he stands with those who have no standing.

26 God can’t stand evil scheming,

    but he puts words of grace and beauty on display.

-Proverbs 15:21-26 The Message

21 Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense,

    but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.

22 Without counsel, plans fail,

    but with many advisers, they succeed.

23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,

    and a word in season, how good it is!

24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent,

    that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud

    but maintains the widow’s boundaries.

26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,

    but gracious words are pure.

Verse 22 study: Narrow-minded people are the ones that miss an opportunity because they close their minds to new ideas or options. We can use the help of others to open our narrow minds to more room to operate. Seek out people advice that knows you and has experience. Network with advisers, be open to new ideas, and be willing to adjust your suggestions. As a result, your plans will be more substantial and have a chance of succeeding.

Verse 23 study: the NKJV says, “A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is”! That is the praise of the concept of the proverb itself.

Verse 25 study: The NKJV says, “The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.” Regardless of how you see things, God is always defending the helpless. You may not be there to see it, but know he defends the defenseless.

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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