Understanding Warning Signs IV

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 09/06/2022 8:00am

17 A murderer haunted by guilt

    is doomed—there’s no helping him.

18 Walk straight—live well and be saved;

    a devious life is a doomed life.

Doing Great Harm in Seemingly Harmless Ways

19 Work your garden—you’ll end up with plenty of food;

    play and party—you’ll end up with an empty plate.

20 Committed and persistent work pays off;

    get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.

21 Playing favorites is always a bad thing;

    you can do great harm in seemingly harmless ways.

22 A miser in a hurry to get rich

    doesn’t know he’ll end up broke.

-Proverbs 28:17-22 The Message

17 If one is burdened with the blood of another,

    he will be a fugitive until death;

    let no one help him.

18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,

    but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,

    but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.

20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,

    but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

21 To show partiality is not good,

    but a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.

22 A stingy man hastens after wealth

    and does not know that poverty will come upon him.

-Proverbs 28:17-22 ESV

Verses 17-18 studies: A sinner’s conscience will drive them either to guilt or death. The guilt that builds up will probably result in repentance. Death will probably happen of refusal to repent. It is no act of kindness to try to make them feel better. The more guilt they feel, the more they are likely to turn to God for repentance. If we interfere with the natural consequences of his act, we may make it easier for them to continue in sin.

Verse 20 study: Faith and wisdom may lead to riches, but giving priority to riches is a severe error.

Verse 21 study: Just a tiny bribe can have messy results in maintaining order and justice in society.

Verse 22 study: A stingy man, a miser. Poverty will come. This means two things.

  1. Miser lacks the wisdom to keep wealth and gain it.
  2. God’s justice will not allow such one to be rich.

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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