Daily Devotional for October 31
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 27:9-10 (KJV):
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
Proverbs 27:9-10 (AMP):
9 Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of a friend's counsel that comes from the heart.
10 Your own friend and your father's friend, forsake them not; neither go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near (in spirit) than a brother who is far off (in heart).
Thought for the Day
These verses tell us the value of true friendship, as a good friend will be there for us in our day of calamity, while sometimes our own family will not support us.
Verse 9 - In the hot weather of ancient Israel, crowded streets would stink of animals, sweating humans, and refuse. The rich anointed themselves with perfumed oil to protect and scent their skin. After the ordeal of traveling such streets, entering a home and being anointed with fragrant oil was pleasurable and refreshing. In the same way, after brushing shoulders with a godless, uncaring world, the sound counsel given by a trusted friend rejoices the heart. There is just nothing like being able to communicate openly and comfortably with a good friend.
Verse 10 - When trouble comes, it is better to go to a neighbor who is a true friend in the Spirit, than to your own brother who is not close to you in his heart. As Christians, we are members of God's family. It is a blessing to have this wonderful relationship with people all over the world! Regardless of race, age, language, or social status, Christ gives us His love for one another. Non-Christians cannot understand our spiritual family ties. It sounds strange to them to hear us speak of one another as "brother" or "sister."
Jesus defined His true family while ministering to a great crowd in someone's house (Matthew 12:46-50). When informed that His mother and brothers desired to speak with Him, He answered that all that came to Him and did His will were His family. As Christians, we have the same access to Jesus that His family had during His earthly ministry. The special privileges given to members of the world's royal families are only a small picture of the privileges granted to us as God's family. We are joint-heirs with Christ and have access to the riches of His glory. We are promised a portion of His love, wisdom and understanding, so that we can become like Him. Through the power of the Spirit He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think! Praise God!
"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 3:16-21).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, I praise You and thank You for all the friends You have given me. What a wonderful blessing! Lord, I also want to thank You for every brother and sister in the great big family of God throughout the whole world. It is such a blessing to get to meet and fellowship with so many of them and to know them by the spirit. And Lord, I look forward to the day that I will get to meet many others, as I know when we get to heaven, I will get to see them face to face there. It is wonderful to be a member of the family of God and to know that we are all going to be blessed and enjoy one another's company throughout eternity. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
My Spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. The battle is not yours, but God's.
The Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's.
Zechariah 4:6; Isaiah 40:13; 1 Corinthians 1:27-29; John 3:8; John 1:13; Haggai 2:5; 2 Chronicles 20:15; 1 Samuel 17:47
Establish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations.
God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.
Exceeding great and precious promises.
2 Samuel 7:25; Psalm 119:38; Psalm 119:42; Psalm 119:49; Psalm 119:54; Psalm 119:72; Psalm 119:89-90; Hebrews 6:17-20; 2 Peter 1:4