Daily Devotional for December 10
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 30:11-14 (KJV):
11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Proverbs 30:11-14 (AMP):
11 There is a class of people who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.
12 There is a class of people who are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their own filth.
13 There is a class of people -- oh, how lofty are their eyes and their raised eyelids!
14 There is a class of people whose teeth are as swords and whose fangs as knives, to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among men.
Thought for the Day
These verses describe a generation so wicked that they curse their own parents; and so prideful that they do not see their own wickedness.
Verses 11-14 - Verse 1 describes Agur's words as prophecy. I believe it may not only have spoken of an evil generation in Agur's time, but also point to the generation that will exist before the second coming of the Lord Jesus. The Apostle Paul also describes this generation in 2 Timothy 3:1-5: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
Agur's words describe a generation that curses their parents; Paul states that in the last days people will be disobedient to their parents. Agur describes a generation that is prideful and sinless in their own eyes; Paul speaks of a people being haughty and having only a form of godliness. Agur speaks about a generation that takes advantage of the poor, while James 5:1-5 speaks of men who heap up riches for the last days at the expense of those who labor for them, by paying them inadequate wages.
"Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest" (Hebrews 3:7-11).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, thank you for Your many blessings. Lord, may all of Your people be mindful of honoring and blessing their parents. Lord, I pray that You will use me to reach out to the poor and needy. Lord, scatter this wicked generation of people who are exploiting the poor and needy. Send your servants out to minister to the poor, the hungry, the needy, the hurting, the sick and the lost. As You use each of us to do our part, we can be the answer to the cries of the needy. Meet all of their needs. I ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Abstain from all appearance of evil. Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Romans 14:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 2 Corinthians 8:21; 1 Peter 2:15; 1 Peter 4:15-16; Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 8:9; Matthew 18:6; Matthew 25:40
It is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night: and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord.
Ephesians 5:14; Romans 13:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8; Isaiah 60:1-2; 1 Peter 1:13; Luke 12:35-36