Be Prepared?

“The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.” Proverbs 21:31 NLT It has been the Boy Scout motto since 1908; “Be prepared”.  But as good as they may be, preparations apart from the Lord are incomplete.  You may have already noticed that: Bigger isn’t always better Odds don’t always matter Stronger doesn’t […]

Bluffing

“The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act.” Proverbs 21:29 NLT Bluffing may be most closely associated with the game of poker in our day. You can watch the World Series of Poker, where bluffing, posturing and distraction are all a part of the game. Bluffing might make for good TV […]

Give or Take

“Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!” Proverbs 21:26 NLT If you walked up to a building and saw two entrances, one marked what you can get and the other marked what you can give:                      Give or Take Which line do think […]

Watch Your Tongue

“Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23 NLT Watch your tongue. Ever think about that directive? Physically, and without a mirror, it isn’t particularly easy to do. In fact in trying to do so, you would be able to do little else and would absolutely look […]

Common Sense

“The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.” Proverbs 21:16 NLT If you have children or grandchildren who are busy at play in a pool or outside and you are seated nearby, you likely have heard the repeated request of “watch me, watch me” as the youth attempts […]

Justice is a Joy… to the Godly

“Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.” Proverbs 21:15 NLT “Hooray for law and order!”  I remember my father exclaiming as we sat in stalled traffic on a highway. We were frustrated by the delay, but sat lawfully waiting for the road to clear.  Then some others took to speeding through the […]

Wealth Trap

“Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.” Proverbs 21:6 NLT Many desire to have wealth, but some will do whatever is necessary to obtain it. The desire to be rich comes with consequences.  “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and […]

Make Your Own Luck

“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 NLT My father used to say that “statistically your odds of winning the lottery were nearly identical if you bought a ticket or if you didn’t.” You could find the winning ticket or buy the winning ticket, both are long […]

Haughty Eyes

“Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin.” Proverbs 21:4 NLT The dictionary defines haughty as “arrogantly superior and disdainful.” There is a progression of sin in this verse. It starts with haughty eyes, leads to a proud heart, and then ultimately evil actions. The progression begin by looking at another and having some […]

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 […]