Proverbs 12

Today we continue with more wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Here are a few thoughts from Proverbs 12 in the Message Bible. Vs.10. Good people are good to their animals; the "good–hearted" bad people kick and abuse them. Animal lovers will love this proverb. It's a good reminder that all of God's creation is good and to be treated with care. Vs.11. The one who stays on the job has food on the table; the witless chase whims and fancies. Diligence leads to blessing. Slowly by slowly wealth is built, along with the character to sustain it. Vs.12. What... Read more →

Proverbs 5

For our first week of ther new year we continue with more wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Here are a few thoughts from Proverbs 5 in the Message Bible. In this chapter, the wise teacher talks to a young man about the dangers of yielding to sexual temptation (see vs.1-23). How relevant this to every generation. God's ways are best for us but sin always appears in alluring ways, promising more than it ever delivers and always leaving us with painful consequences. Vs.3-5. For the lips of an immoral woman (or man) are as sweet as honey, and her... Read more →

Proverbs 30

The final week of the year is under way and today we glean some more wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Here are a few thoughts from Proverbs 30 in the Message Bible. Vs.8-9. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little. If I'm too full, I might get independent, saying, 'God? Who needs him?' If I'm poor, I might steal and dishonor the name of my God. The value of moderation and contentment are reinforced. When is enough enough? There is much more to life than riches. Jesus echoed this warning when he said,... Read more →

Proverbs 23

This week's wisdom for life comes to us from Proverbs 23 in the Message Bible. Vs.4-5. Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself! Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder. There is far more to life than money! When is enough enough? I'll never forget going to Africa for the first time with our family back in 2007. We did some ministry there and also visited some orphanages. I'll never forget what one of my children said to me afterwards: "Dad, these people have so... Read more →

Proverbs 16

It's time to pause and reflect on more wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Today we dive into Proverbs 16 in the Message Bible. Vs.3. Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place. It's so easy do life by ourselves and only refer to God when things are going wrong. Instead, choose to start the day with God and include Him is all you are doing. Ask Him for wisdom and guidance. Make Him your Senior Partner. Vs.10. A good leader motivates, doesn't mislead, doesn't exploit. Christian leadership expert John Maxwell once said, "Manipulation... Read more →

Proverbs 9

We continue to today with insights from our Proverb of the week, Proverbs 9, from the Message Bible. Vs.4-6. Are you confused about life, don't know what's going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me! I've prepared a wonderful spread - fresh–baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning. Once again, Wisdom calls out to us. Will we turn aside? Will we listen and learn? A multitude of voices clamour for our attention. So much noise and so many distractions. How easy to... Read more →

Proverbs 2

Today we continue with our Proverb of the day, Proverbs 2. Reflections are from the Message Bible translation. Vs. 2. Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding. We live in a wordy world. TV, radio, social media, reading material and conversations infiltrate our day whether we want to hear them or not, whether we are listening or not. Words from the sacred text of Scripture also call out, offering us wisdom. The Spirit whispers for us to come aside. Will we hear the call? Will we respond? Wisdom waits ... Vs.6-8.... Read more →

Proverbs 24

As we dig into today's Proverb, let's reflect on the wisdom coming to us from Proverbs 24 in the Message Bible. Vs.3-4. A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. What kind of a house are you building? A home takes time and effort to craft but it's worth it in the end. Think about the 'environments' you are creating - at home, at work, at church. Be an architect of places characterised by love, peace and joy. Vs.5-6. The wise are... Read more →

Proverbs 17

Another week rolls by and we come to our Proverb of the Day. Today it's some wisdom from Proverbs 17 in the Message Bible translation. Vs.3. As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan, so our lives are assayed by God. God tests us to see what we are made of. Times of pressure and adversity reveal our true character. Anyone can keep a great attitude during the good times. How do we navigate the challenging times? Vs.9. Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and––good–bye, friend. We all need the gift of... Read more →

Proverbs 10

It's time for some reflections from our weekly Proverb and today is the 10th of the month so it's Proverbs 10 (Message Bible). Vs.4-5. Sloth makes you poor; diligence brings wealth. Make hay while the sun shines – that's smart; go fishing during harvest – that's stupid. Life operates on the principle of sowing and reaping. We reap what we sow, there's a period of time between sowing and reaping, and we reap more than we sow. The wise sow diligence into their lives. Diligence leads to blessing, profit and happiness while laziness leads to judgment, loss and disappointment. What... Read more →

Proverbs 3

Here is some more amazing wisdom from the Book of Proverbs from the Message Bible: Vs.5-6. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God 's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Life is a journey of faith and wisdom. Getting wisdom, a major focus of the teaching in the book of Proverbs, helps us to think about choices and their consequences, as well as to see life from God's perspective. Faith is the choice to trust God... Read more →

Proverbs 27

Here is some more wisdom from the book of Proverbs as we begin a new week: Vs. 1. Don't brashly announce what you're going to do tomorrow; you don't know the first thing about tomorrow. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come. Today is all we have. Live in the moment and live it to the full. Yes, deal with your past and yes, plan for the future, but not at the detriment of living fully present - right here, right now. God is the God who is (present), who was (past), and is to come (future). He is the... Read more →

Proverbs 20

It's time for our weekly proverb again. Today we glean some wisdom from Proverbs 20. Vs.2. Quick–tempered leaders are like mad dogs – cross them and they bite your head off. It's a mark of good character to avert quarrels, but fools love to pick fights. Wise people are slow to anger. Take a deep breath. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you patience and the ability to delay your reactions. You'll be glad you did. Anger always gets us in trouble. Of course, it is pride that keeps us there. Is there anyone you need to apologise to today?... Read more →

Proverbs 13

As we continue our reflections on the book of Proverbs, let's look at five proverbs from Proverbs 13 today (from the Message Bible): Vs.3. Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything. Our words are very powerful. We need to engage our brain before opening our mouth. Thinking before we speak preserves us from the consequences of words spoken too hastily or without prior thought. Listen more today. Pause before speaking. Let your words be few ... and full of life to the hearers. Vs.7. A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and... Read more →

Proverbs 6

It's time for some more insight from the book of Proverbs as we look at chapter 6 today (from the Message Bible translation): A Lesson from the Ant Vs.6-11. You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit... Read more →

Proverbs 29

It's time for our weekly wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Today we are up to chapter 29 (from the Message Bible translation): Vs.1. For people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, there'll come a day when life tumbles in and they break, but by then it'll be too late to help them. Do you take feedback seriously and with an open heart? Are you teachable? Do you listen to your critics? Or are you defensive? It's wise to listen and learn ... Vs.11. A fool lets it all hang out; a sage quietly mulls it over. Vs.20.... Read more →

Proverbs 22

Here is some more valuable wisdom from Proverbs 22 (from the Message Bible translation): Vs.1. A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank. People can damage your reputation but that can't damage your character. That's your choice. Ultimately, our character, who we really are, shapes a lot of our reputation - what we are known for. So many people focus on acquiring wealth today. There is nothing wrong with money but who we are is much more important. How will you treat people today? Always be gracious ... with... Read more →

Proverbs 15

Here is some timeless and timely wisdom from Proverbs 15: Vs.4. Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. Words have the power of life and death. Who can you help today through some encouraging or healing words? Vs.8. God can't stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers. Prayer is simply honest, open conversation with God. Keep it real. Vs.9. A life frittered away disgusts God; he loves those who run straight for the finish line. We have one life to live. This is not a dress rehearsal. Discover your purpose and go for it. You... Read more →

Proverbs 8

Here is some insight available for us today from Proverbs 8 (from the Message Bible translation): Vs.1. Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice? God is personified here as a woman calling out to young men and offering him wisdom and insight for life. In the busyness of the day and the cacophony of sounds around us, do we hear her voice? Are we tuning out the noise to tune in to her heart? How much better life will be if we follow God's way, live life as he intended to be lived.... Read more →

Proverbs 1

Here is some terrific wisdom available for us today from Proverbs 1 (from the Message Bible translation): Vs.7. Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of true wisdom. To fear God means to acknowledge that he exists and that he is with us at all times. That awareness leads us to think smart and make wiser choices. Take some steps to live today with a greater awareness that God is with you - Emmanuel. Include... Read more →