Being The Conductor of Your Life I

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 08/02/2022 8:00am

The Cure Comes Through Discipline

22 A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich;

    a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.

2 The rich and the poor shake hands as equals—

    God made them both!

3 A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks;

    a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.

4 The payoff for meekness and Fear-of-God

    is plenty and honor and satisfying life.

5 The perverse travel a dangerous road, potholed and mud-slick;

    if you know what’s good for you, stay clear of it.

-Proverbs 22:1-5 The Message

22 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,

    and favor is better than silver or gold.

2 The rich and the poor meet together;

    the Lord is the Maker of them all.

3 The prudent see danger and hide,

    but the simple go on and suffer for it.

4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord

    is riches, honor, and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;

    whoever guards his soul will keep it far from them.

Proverbs 22:1-5 ESV

Verse 1 study: Having a reputation is part of wisdom. Riches are not discouraged but should be put into the proper perspective.

Verse 2 study: Regardless of inequalities of this life, riches and poor is under God as Creator and Judge. These meet together.

Verse 4 study: A life led by wisdom tends to prosperity. Israel’s sages pointed out that the right relationship with the Lord is the right decision that grows your life.

This proverb is a general observation that would have applied to an obedient Israelite living in Solomon’s God-fearing kingdom. Some were martyrs at a young age, and some gave away their wealth for God’s kingdom. The book of Proverbs describes life the way it should be. It doesn’t dwell on exceptions.

Verse 5 study: Thornes and snares are metaphors for the misfortunate of life that result from a breakdown of the true life-given order. Guarding his soul is showing his life in the wisdom of God.

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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