Daily Devotional for September 30
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 25:17 (KJV):
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
Proverbs 25:17 (AMP):
17 Let your foot seldom be in your neighbor's house, lest he become tired of you and hate you.
Thought for the Day
We are admonished not to over-extend our visits to the homes of others. Frequent visits can become an invasion of privacy and destroy friendships. Some who are guilty of this are also prone to gossip and laziness. When I was young, I had a neighbor who would bring her children over to my house when she came for a visit. At first it was enjoyable, but then she started dropping by every day, wanting to talk. I soon found her to be as undisciplined as her children were. She was so intent on telling me the next thing on her mind, that she was oblivious to her children who were making a mess of my house. Eventually, I had to ask her to limit her visits, since she was preventing me from getting my work done. She ignored my request, and I was soon praying about how to deal with her intrusion into my life. If I did not have the Lord in my life, I could have ended up disliking her immensely. Paul warned Timothy of a similar problem that developed with young widows in the early Church: "Moreover, as they go about from house to house, they learn to be idlers, and not only idlers, but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say and talking of things they should not mention" (1 Timothy 5:12, AMP).
A busybody is someone who is always interfering in other people's affairs. My neighbor fell into that category. When she could no longer come to my house every day, she found other women who would entertain her, and she made the rounds with her gossip. Her own house was never clean because she was never home to do any work. I invited her to attend church with me, but she found it too difficult to get up on Sundays and dress her children. Eventually, she not only lost many friends, but also her husband. He grew tired of a dirty house, a wandering wife, neglected children, and not having his meals cooked on time. The Bible admonishes against being idle busybodies: "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread" (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12).
If we take care of our own homes and businesses, it shuts the door for the devil having opportunity to lead us astray. I have known many women who destroyed their marriages because they would not heed this advice. Because they would not work quietly at home, they fell into sin with some seemingly godly man who was full of deceit. The Bible says to turn away from such people. "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts" (1 Timothy 3:5-6).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, I pray that You would deliver Your people from the sin of gossip and being busy-bodies. Lord, may we help those who are engaged in this activity by speaking the truth in love to them. Lord, may we also have the courage to refuse a listening ear to any gossip. Father, give me strength to take care of my duties and not be negligent in anything that is my responsibility. Lord, also help me to speak edifying things that uplift and help people and deliver me from any form of gossip. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
He knoweth our frame. He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. I ... will refine them as silver is refined, ... they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, the Lord is my God.
Job 23:10; Psalm 103:14; Lamentations 3:33; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Malachi 3:3; Zechariah 13:9
Moses said unto the Lord, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The meek will he guide in judgment; and the meek will he teach his way. What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall teach in the way that he shall choose. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Psalm 25:4; Exodus 33:12-14; Psalm 103:7; Psalm 25:9; Psalm 25:12; Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 4:18