March Madness Proverbs Day 24

March 24, 2007

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Read Proverbs chapter 24 for today!

From the Life Application Bible:

Verse 5: The athlete who has wisdom – who assesses the situation and plans strategies – has an advantage over a physically stronger but unwise opponent. We exercise regularly and eat well to build our strength, but do we take equal pains to develop wisdom and knowledge? Because wisdom is a vital part of strength, it pays to attain it.

Verse 6: In any major decision we make concerning college, marriage, career, children, etc., it is not a sign of weakness to ask for advice. Instead, it is foolish not to ask for it. Find good advisers before making any big decision. They can help you expand your alternatives and evaluate your choices.

Verse 8: Plotting to do evil can be as wrong as doing it because what you think determines what you will do. Left unchecked, wrong desires will lead us to sin. God wants pure hearts, free from sin, and planning evil brings sinful thoughts into our mind. Should you say, “Then I might as well go ahead and do it because I’ve already planned it?” No. You have sinned in your attitude, but you have not yet harmed other people. Stop in your tracks and ask God to forgive you and put you on a different path.

Verse 10: Times of trouble can be useful. They can show you who you really are – what kind of character you have developed. In addition, they can help you grow stronger. When Jeremiah questioned God because of the trouble he faced, God asked how he ever expected to face big challenges if the little ones tired him out (Jeremiah 12:5). Don’t complain about your problems. The trouble you face today is training you to be strong for the more difficult situations you will face in the future.

Verses 17-18: David, Solomon’s father, refused to gloat over the death of his lifelong enemy, Saul (See 2 Samuel 1). On the other hand, the nation of Edom rejoiced over Israel’s defeat and was punished by God for their attitude (Obadiah 1:12). To gloat over others’ misfortune is to make yourself the avenger and to put yourself in the place of God, who alone is the real Judge of all the earth (see Deuteronomy 32:35).

Verse 26: People often think that they should bend the truth to avoid hurting a friend. But one who gives an honest, straight-forward answer is a true friend.

Verse 27: We should carry out our work in its proper order. If a farmer builds his house in the spring, he will miss the planting season and go a year without food. If a businessman invests his money in a house while his business is struggling to grow, he may lose both. It is possible to work hard and still lose everything if the timing is wrong or the resources to carry it out are not in place.

Verse 29: Here is a reverse version of the Golden Rule (See Luke 6:31). Revenge is the way the world operates, but it is not God’s way.

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