This went away this past weekend to my daughter’s gymnastics competition. It was only 2.5 hours away, but it was a much needed break. I then took an extra 2 nights away to spend some alone and quality time with Jesus. I needed to still my soul.
During that time I didn’t do any writing, but I did read Proverbs 10 so that it can soak in a bit.
Up until now, Proverbs 1-9 we heard a lot from Wisdom. She offered lots of counsel and told her what would happen if we listened and followed her path, as well as what can happen when we don’t. Now, starting in chapter 10, Solomon starts to share His wisdom.
What’s tricky now is that there is great advise through out the entire chapter that it feels like I’m not doing it justice by just picking one. I can apply so many verses to my life. Solomon in this one chapter offers advice on a few different topics, but the point of this devotional is to pick one and live it. It’s much easier to change one thing about myself then 10. So, let’s see.
Ok, I actually have 4 verses that pop out at me. See, limiting to 1 verse is just so hard. These 4 verses though are applicable to my life right now. Some are not necessarily things I need to change, but are reminders of things that God has spoken to me. Funny is that in my Bible, the four verses all line up horizontally from left to right.
The one who walks in integrity will experience a fearless confidence in life, but the one who is devious will eventually be exposed.Proverbs 10:9
Wise men don’t divulge all that they know, but chattering fools blurt out words that bring them to the brink of ruinProverbs 10:14
The lovers of God feed many with their teachings, but the foolish ones starve themselves for lack of an understanding heart.Proverbs 10:21
Living in worship and awe of God will bring you many years of contented living. So how could the wicket ever expect to have a long, happy life?Proverbs 10:27
While other versions, like NLT, NASB, & NKJV, are clear with these verses as well, I like the way The Passion Translation (TPT) articulates them. It’s very easy to understand.
Proverbs 10:9 – Since the Summer time we have been diving into character and integrity with a focus on the fruit of the Spirit. When we talk about fruit, we don’t mean how many souls are won for Christ, how many healings and miracles occur, or how many people attend a meeting. We mean how the Bible defines fruit.
Fruit = Love, expressed in joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Integrity to me is when we move in love, no matter what. Moving in love looks like the definition above.
By moving in integrity, motivated with love, I can live my life in confidence. Why? Because Jesus is King and He reigns in Love. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Living with integrity means I am living my life in and through Jesus and in truth. Praying “search my heart and remove from me any impurity, is a daily posture. It is the only way to live in confidence and to come to the Father with pure and holy hands and heart.
Proverbs 10:14 – This is just a reminder that there is wisdom in discern. We see this in Proverbs over and over again. There are those who share everything they have, everything they know, everything they want. In reading the life of Joseph we see that’s where he went wrong. He shared too much and it brought him to the brink of ruin.
Proverbs 10:21 – This is also a reminder. I take great honor in my role as a pastor, teacher, and leader. It is not something I take lightly. While there are people who turn to us for help and I share advice, my goal is to always point people to Jesus who has supreme advice, insight, and wisdom. As I’ve been learning in the writing mentorship I’m a part of, it is in the overflow that everything should pour out of us. That means that I must take the time to be filled by the Holy Spirit and allow myself to overflow; it should pour out of me. The lovers of God feed many with their teachings…I declare that over my life. As a lover of God many may be fed by my teachings. What I teach simply comes from what He teaches me. He teaches me and I teach others. It all comes from Him. It flows from Him. It initiates from Him. I just need to be a good steward and let it spill out of me.
Proverbs 10:27 – You don’t know this about me, but those close to me know. I’m going to share it with you. I am determined to live until at least 120 – with no walker, ailments…completely functional. While some can’t wait to leave this Earth, I am determined to stay as long as possible so that I can be a part of God accomplishing His purpose on the Earth. As a human being, I do not see it as a curse; I see it as a gift and blessing.
Some laugh and think I’m crazy. Heck, I think I’m crazy sometimes when I stop and think about how many years that leaves me to live, but it also leaves me excited. While I lean on the Holy Spirit to make that possible, I do what I can do ensure I am healthy and keeping this temple of the Holy Spirit in shape to endure another 80 years of life…at least.
So, this verse, like some others in Proverbs, gives wisdom on now only how to have more years added to life, but how to live a good life. I don’t just want years. I want to live my years with the promises Jesus left us. Yes, he said we would have tribulation, but He said independent of that we would have peace that surpasses understanding, unspeakable joy, abundance, and love that casts out fear. That’s the way I am determined to live my life. Why? Because Jesus said so. Which means it’s possible. I want everything Jesus wants me to have.
There’s a song that says “I live to worship you”. Every time that song comes in my heart just melts because it accurately describes my heart. I live to worship Him. I live for Him. Everything I do, it’s for Him. To honor Him and love Him; to bring glory to His name.
Most of these verses are reminders, so what I’m going to do with this one is write these 4 verses down on a piece of paper. I will keep in on my desk so that I can be reminded of it often and be encouraged.
My heart is thankful that you not only answer my prayers, but you know the encouragement I need each and every day. I find it a bit crazy that although my devotional is in the book of Proverbs and a specific chapter each day, somehow it’s always relevant. Your Word is a living word and I thank you for allowing us to have access to it. I ask that you always send me reminders when I get discouraged or simply need reminders of the promises you’ve made to me.