If Only You Would

“Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.”Proverbs 20:25 NLT You hit the end of yourself, not knowing what to do, and maybe in desperation you cry out to God which is a good thing. But then perhaps in desperation, or trying to control the situation and  maybe […]

Scales of Justice

“The Lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.”Proverbs 20:23 NLT The “scales of justice” are depicted by a woman holding scales when she is blindfolded. It is intended to represent the impartiality of the judge. Not judging based upon appearance but upon the merits of a case. In a perfect t world, […]

An Eye for an Eye?

“Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.”  Proverbs 20:22 NLT You have heard it said that it is better to respond than to react, and this is certainly true when it comes to how we act after we have been wronged. We may have a desire to […]

Wait, Worship, Watch

“An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.” Proverbs 20:21 NLT I once heard a pastor say that “If I got whatever I wanted, I would ruin my life because I don’t really know what is good for me.”  We may know what we want, but God knows what we […]

Community and Counsel

“Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.” Proverbs 20:18 NLT We were designed by our creator to live in community. Godly community is more than potlucks and camping trips, it is also about accountability and counsel. There are occasional times that God may impress upon us a word of knowledge or […]

Pay it Forward

“Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth.” Proverbs 20:17 NLT Once again this week’s Proverb teaches us about cause and effect. Gratification can either be satisfying or fleeting.  I love the trend that has been going on for the past few years. I first heard in mentioned on a radio station in […]

Wise Words Matter

“Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.” Proverbs 20:15 NLT Over the past few days I have listened to a few wise words. In conversations with other believers some words were inspired and spoke directly to circumstances I was thinking through. Those words were better than any physical gift that I could […]

Sleep Observations

“If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!” Proverbs 20:13 NLT Sleep. So many people talk about it. It is necessary for us all. Are we getting too little or too much? How much we need is likely a function of physiology and activity. Having […]

Give Thanks for Ears and Eyes

“Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the Lord.” Proverbs 20:12 NLT God is indeed the giver of good gifts. Let us be thankful for the gifts He has given us to hear and see.  Pause and thank God for the gifts of being able to hear and see.  Just this week I had […]

What is Integrity?

“The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.” Proverbs 20:7 NLT Integrity matters and has a generational impact. When I first started this ministry I spoke of integrity, it seems timely to borrow some elements from that 2019 devotion.  What is integrity?  “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C. […]