Good morning everyone, Bless the name of our Lord. What a great day it is. Well it’s the 20th day of the month, and we all should be studying and praying about chapter 20 of Proverbs.
Theme: Director of our steps, and hidden motives exposed
In today’s study, verses 24 & 27 present the Director of our steps and the light that penetrates our human spirit to expose every hidden motive.
Lesson #1: Motives behind the situations in this chapter:
- Those being led astray by drink cannot be wise (v.1)
- Your misguided motives that rouses the king’s anger (v.2)
- The fools insistence on quarreling (v.3)
- Those too lazy to plow in the right season (v.4)
- The person with understanding knows how to draw out good advice (v.5)
- Those who say they are loyal friends, why do they say it instead of just being a loyal friend? (v.6)
- The godly who walk with integrity (v.7) (see post on integrity)
- The ability of the king to distinguished the bad from the good (v.8)
- Those who say, “I have cleansed my heart.” Are they really pure and free from sin? (v.9)
- Those who use double standards of every kind, Why? (v.10)
- Children are known by the way they act (v.11)
- Those who love sleep and poverty (v.13)
- The buyer who haggles and then says that the item Is worthless (v.14)
- Why get security from one who guarantees a stranger’s debt (v.16)
- Plans that succeed through good counsel (v.18) (see post on plans)
- Why does a gossip go around telling secrets (v.19) (see post on gossip)
- Why you should not hang around with chatterers (v.19)
- Why your light will be snuffed out in total darkness (v.20)
- Why obtaining an inheritance too early in life is not a blessing in the end (v.21)
- Why you should not get even but wait for the LORD to handle the matter (v.22)
- Why the LORD is not pleased by dishonest scales, he detest double standards! (v.23)
- Why try to understand everything alone the way, when the LORD directs our steps? (v.24)
- Why making rash promises to God traps you (v.25)
- Why the wise king runs his threshing wheel over the wicked like wheat (v.26)
- How the LORD’s light exposes every hidden motive (v.27)
- How strength is the glory of the young (v.29)
- How the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old (v.29)
Lesson #2: Misc. thoughts that you just might want to take heed to
- Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies (v.15)
- Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth (v.17)
- Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love (v.28)
- Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart (v.30)
We can fake each other out, but there is no faking the penetrating light of the All Seeing and All Powerful one who looks right through us into our inner man.
So for me I had to admit that my motives were not up to par and that I had the wrong motives in mind. God’s light convicted me and I had to repent.
- Now consider that the LORD’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive, what do you think he sees in your life?
- How about you, as you read this chapter, are you questioning your motives?
- Are you looking at you or others?
- Is this something that you can use to improve your serve?
Please don’t look at the motives of others, you cannot do a thing about who they are nor can you force them to change. You only have one that you can completely control, you!
Let’s pray now! The King is sitting in judgment, not me. He is weighing all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good. His penetrating light is searching for those hidden motives.
I am praying about the bad that is holding me back , and praising Him for the good that is producing the manifold(lots of) blessings in my life. Your Turn!