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Daily Devotionals for May 26

 

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Proverbs: God's Wisdom for Daily Living

 

Devotional Scripture:

 

Proverbs 17:6-7(KJV):
6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Proverbs 17:6-7(Amp):
6 Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers.
7 Fine or arrogant speech does not become (an empty -headed ) fool ; much less do lying lips become a prince.

 

Thought for the Day

Verse 6 - These verses inform us of the generational blessings God intends for both parents and children to enjoy. However, because of the devil's influence in the world, Satan attempts to thwart this purpose by alienating the children from their parents and vice versa through worldly influences. Wickedness used to be confined to specific geographical areas, like cities or individual countries, but now - due to the internet, films, and television - humanistic ideas have exerted a uniformly evil influence not only across America, but also across the entire world.

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate" (Psalm 127:3-5). A father's children were meant to bless him by being a defense to him if any enemy should speak against him. Godly children will not only defend their father and mother, but will honor them, as the Bible admonishes them to do. They will glory in having good parents and be thankful to God for their heritage. Many families today lack this generational blessing, as both parents and children have broken God's laws and do not have a godly relationship with each other. One of the Ten Commandments states the importance of children honoring their parents. "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD they God giveth thee" (Exodus 20:12).

One of the purposes of the righteous is to declare the glory of God to the next generation (Psalm 145:4; Psalm 127:3-5; Psalm 71:18, NIV). From these and other scriptures, we can see that each generation is called to build upon the foundation left by the previous one. All generations need each other in order to complete the work that God has called His body to fulfill. Fathers and mothers need to be godly examples to their children so that the torch will be passed down to them, and they in turn will pass it on to their children.

Verse 7 - A man is judged by how he speaks. It is a foolish Christian who does not align his words with God's. It is unseemly for a fool to frame his thoughts in persuasive or elegant words. There are many people who speak well, but their words are humanistic rubbish. This is as inappropriate as a gold ring in a pig's snout (Psalm 14:1). Those in positions of leadership need integrity to rule well. A liar can never be a good leader, since dishonesty will eventually undermine the trust of all his followers. A godly leader should carry himself as a prince would. We even use the expression, "he is a prince of a fellow," to describe one who has integrity and honesty.

Prayer Devotional for the Day

 

Dear heavenly Father, I am thankful for all that You have given me. Lord, forgive this generation of families that have failed one another. Restore the breaches in families and homes. Give the children a submissive spirit toward their parents and speak to them to honor their mothers and fathers. Give the fathers and mothers the love and wisdom that they need to minister to their children. Heal those relationships and restore the broken homes . Heal our land, O Lord. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

         


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