Friday, January 31, 2014
Thank you for spending January with me as we studied Proverbs.
Proverbs 31:8-9 – Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Listen to the wise people of faith surrounding you. Act to increase the justice in this world. Be peacemakers whenever possible. Live in harmony with your community. And always care for the least among us. These are just a few of the rich lessons of Proverbs.
Prayer: Loving and almighty God, encourage us, and sometimes nudge us when necessary, to be our best selves in service to you and your children. Amen.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Proverbs 30:5-6 – Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or else he will rebuke you, and you will be found a liar.
The Church Health Center is filled with people who have a deep and abiding faith. Yet if we read the same passages of scripture, we might have different interpretations. Rather than calling us to one mind, I see this passage as calling us to be good students of God’s Word.
Prayer: Almighty God, open our minds to your Word so that I can know your will for us. Amen.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Proverbs 29:7, 14 – The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding…If a king judges the poor with equity, his throne will be established forever.
Our passage reminds us today that the difference between good and evil, at least in part, is the consideration we give to those least among us.
Prayer: Loving God, helps us to remain mindful of the needs of one another, especially those most in need. Amen.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Proverbs 28:5-6 – The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely. Better to be poor and walk in integrity than to be crooked in one’s ways though rich.
Seek is a great word. It suggests a process – seeking God, seeking what is fair. But it doesn’t necessarily suggest an end. Seek the Lord. It is a lifetime obligation.
Prayer: Understanding God, help us to be seekers of your Word. Amen.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Proverbs 27:10 – Do not forsake your friend or the friend of your parent; do not go to the house of your kindred in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is nearby than kindred who are far away.
‘Do not turn your back on your friend,’ we are instructed today. We are to care for one another in ways that allow us to remain together in our community, even during the worst of times.
Prayer: Gracious God, help us to know the needs of our neighbors, and guide us to ways that we can be helpful to them. Amen.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Proverbs 26:20-21 – For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal is to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
We are offered more instruction on being peacemakers in this passage. Today we are encouraged to temper our own words and actions in ways that de-escalate a situation or conflict in which we might find ourselves.
Prayer: Gracious God, life can place us in difficult situations with one another. Help us to know when to take a step back in our own words or deeds. Amen.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Proverbs 25:21-22 – If your enemies are hungry, give them bread to eat; and if they are thirsty, give them water to drink; for you will heap coals of fire on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.
Making peace with anyone, even an enemy, requires intentional acts of kindness, trust and mutual respect. Always act in ways that try to bring peace.
Prayer: Loving God, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Amen.