It’s the 19th day of the month and that means we all should be in the 19th chapter of Proverbs.
Theme: 25 things that can ruin your life
Verse 3 is the foundational starting point today. It states, “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness then are angry at the LORD.”
Let’s look at the 25 Ways one can ruin one’s life according to this chapter of Proverbs.
Key Learning: Foolishness that ruins your life
These things can ruin your life by:
- being dishonest and a fool
- having enthusiasm without knowledge
- being hasty and making mistakes
- allowing ones foolishness to cause them to be angry at the LORD
- Being in poverty which drives your friends away
- being a false witness and a liar
- despising your poor relatives and friends
- being a fool who lives in luxury
- being a foolish child
- being a quarrelsome wife
- being lazy and sleeping soundly
- being idle
- despising the commandments
- not disciplining your children
- being hot-tempered (see post on hot-tempered)
- not getting all the advice and instruction you can
- making many plans and not considering the LORD’s purpose
- not being loyal
- being dishonest
- being a mocker, and simpleminded
- mistreating your father and chasing away your mother
- not listening to instructions
- being a corrupt witness and making a mockery of justice
- having the mouth of the wicked that gulps down evil
- not understanding that mockers are made for punishment and the backs of fools are made to be beaten
- Are you honest in all of your dealings?
- Have you ever notice that you have rush out so excited that you forget to get all of the information needed to complete the task?
- Does your hasty ways cause you to make a multitude of mistakes?
- Do you find that you are regularly angry with the LORD?
- Do you have your foolishness in check?
- How’s your relationship with your father and mother these days?
- How well do you listen to instructions?
- What is your Loyalty based on, honesty or dishonesty?
- Has your hot-tempered ways caused you to pay the penalty lately?
- Do you help the poor on a regular basis
General observations that you just might want to consider:
- To acquire wisdom is to love yourself
- People who cherish understanding will prosper
- Keep your life by keeping the commandments
- When you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD and he will repay you
- Discipline your children while there is hope, otherwise you will ruin their lives
- Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life
- You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail
- Loyalty makes a person attractive
- Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm
Enough Said! It is truly Prayer Time!
It is the 17th of the month everyone, and we have been presented with another great day. I hope you woke up with a song on your heart regardless of what is going on in our world. Even if you have rain or snow I hope that you have learned how to sing or play in the rain as well as the snow.
If you are following this study then you should be studying chapter 17 of Proverbs.
Today I focused on verse 24 of this chapter and it stated, “Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”
Theme: Sensible people, Foolish children
So, who are the sensible people and the foolish children in this chapter and what can we learn from them and what impact does that have on us today?
Key Learning: The LORD tests the heart of Sensible as well as the foolish people to check their motives
- Wise servant
- Those who forgive a fault
- A person of understanding
- A friend who is always loyal
- Brother born to help in time of need
- Those that have cheerful hearts
- Sensible people
- The godly who are good
- A wise person who uses few words
- A person with understanding and is even-tempered
- Disgraceful child
- Wrongdoers who eagerly listen to gossip
- Liars who pay close attention to slander
- Those who mock the poor
- Those who rejoice at the misfortune of others
- Those who dwell on a fault to long
- A fool
- Evil people who are eager for rebellion
- A fool caught in foolishness
- Those who repay good with evil
- Those who start quarrels
- Those who acquit the guilty
- Those who condemn the innocent
- Those who pay to educate a fool
- Those who guaranteed another person’s debt
- Those who put up security for a friend
- Those who love to quarrel
- Those who trust in high walls
- Those with crooked hearts
- Those who use a lying tongue
- A rebel
- Those with a broken spirit
- The wicked that take secret bribes
- Those that pervert the course of justice
- The fool whose eyes wander to the ends of the earth
- Foolish children
- Those who punish the godly for being good
- Those who flog leaders for being honest
- Are you a wise servant or a disgraceful son?
- When the LORD tests your heart what dross does the process expel?
- Do you find that you eagerly listen to gossip?
- Does slander of another cause you to listen really closely?
- Do you rejoice at the misfortune of others?
- Do you find that you spend too much time dwelling on a fault rather than forgiving it?
- Are the people that you associated with eager for rebellion?
- Have you ever repay good with evil?
- Do you find it hard to stop quarreling?
- Are you a loyal friend that can be counted on in a time of need?
Nuggets of Gold:
- Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting–and conflict
- Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler
- A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool
- It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel
- A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered
- Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent
What can we learn from them and what impact does that have on us today?
- We learn that the sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom whereas the foolish children bring grief to their fathers, and bitterness to the one who gave them birth
- When we understand the above then we can avoid the misfortunes of the foolish child, things like losing part of their inheritance, being severely punished, being separated from their close friends, evil never leaving their house, and being detestable to the LORD
As you read this chapter I hope that you past the inspection with flying colors. In other words I wish you true greatness!
Memory Verse: Proverbs 17:3 “Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.”
Let us pray for the cleansing power of prayer and the gift of our Savior Jesus Christ.
It is Prayer Time!