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Daily Devotional for July 4

God's Wisdom for Daily Living

Devotional Scripture

Proverbs 20:4-5 (KJV):
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 20:4-5 (AMP):
4 The sluggard will not plow when winter sets in; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

5 Counsel in the heart of man is like water in a deep well, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Thought for the Day

Verse 4 - The observation made here is that when it gets uncomfortable or difficult, a person who is lazy will cease to work. A good farmer knows that he must take care of his soil in the winter, as well as summer. We know that certain crops will not grow in the winter; however, the soil must still be plowed and laid to rest after the fall harvest so that a spring crop can be planted early. This entails working in the fall as winter is setting in, as well as working the ground in late winter and early spring for a summer crop.

Anyone unwilling to work in uncomfortable weather, or when the job calls for major exertion, is a sluggard. When harvest comes, he has no crops to gather for food for the coming year. He is reduced to begging from others or becoming dependent on a person or institution to feed him. He will remain poor. Work is part of God's plan for man. The Bible declares that those who do not work should not eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 says, "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."

"He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap" (Ecclesiastes 11:4). In the natural, hardships and difficulties must be overcome in order to sow. Perseverance is necessary if we are to be successful in any endeavor. This principal can also be applied to spiritual things. We must be persistent in order to reap a blessing. The Lord encourages us not to give up if we do not receive an answer to our prayers right away. We must keep on asking, seeking, and knocking. And eventually, the way will be opened unto us. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" (Matthew 7:7-8).

Verse 5 - The Hebrew word for counsel includes deliberation and purpose. Only God knows what thoughts and purposes are in a person's innermost being; the "deep wells" of his heart. God will let us see the soul of another if we pray and seek Him. The purpose being, He wants us to be aware of people whose motives are evil, so that we will avoid being entrapped in bad situations. The Lord also wants us to know who has godly counsel so that we may pay attention to it. He wants us to have discernment or understanding of the purposes of other people.

Prayer Devotional for the Day

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for allowing us to work. It is a blessing to labor and then receive the fruit of our labor. Help us to overcome any laziness and procrastination that would keep us from receiving the things You want us to have. Lord, we also ask You to give us a spirit of discernment so that we might not be fooled or manipulated by others. Also, help us to recognize Your voice in Your servants who have godly counsel and wisdom that we should heed. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
Leaning on Jesus' bosom.

As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you. They brought young children to him, that he should touch them. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. A high Priest ... touched with the feeling of our infirmities. In his love and in his pity he redeemed them.

I will not leave you comfortless: (margin: orphans) I will come to you. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

John 13:23; Isaiah 66:13; Mark 10:13-16; Matthew 15:32; Hebrews 4:15; Isaiah 63:9; John 14:18; Isaiah 49:15; Revelation 7:17
Jesus Christ the righteous: the propitiation for our sins.

Toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat.

Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins.

1 John 2:1-2; Exodus 25:20-22; Psalm 85:9-10; Psalm 130:3-4; Psalm 130:7-8; Romans 3:23-25

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