Daily Devotional for March 22
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 12:8-9(KJV):
8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
Thought for the Day
Verse 8 - The wise will be commended for their wisdom, while those who practice perverse deeds will be despised. Society at large praises the good deeds of people and condemns their evil deeds. Jesus Himself was known as One who went about doing good (Acts 10:38). As God's children, we also should be known for good deeds.
Verse 9 - One who works to support himself may not be highly esteemed by the world, but is better off than someone that considers himself important, and yet is too poor to buy food. Such a man is too proud to ask for help when he needs it. We all need the help of others at times. Even the wealthiest man must depend on other people. We came into the world as helpless babies, needing someone to care for us. God created us to need Him first of all, and then to need each other. Men need women, women need men, children need their parents and older people need younger ones to help and care for them as they age.
For many people, giving is easier than receiving. We should learn to do both, just as the Apostle Paul did. He supported himself and those with him (Acts 20:34) and later, while in prison, was supported by others (Philippians 2:25). We must learn not to be too proud to admit our needs and receive help, and also to be willing to help with the genuine needs of others.
We should not stop at just providing for our families; we should also help those on the outside. Giving to God's work spreads the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. When people's hearts are changed, they find permanent solutions to their problems. We can feed the poor, but they will remain poor unless they change their ways. There is a saying: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
When people are born again and obey God, He can lead them out of their bondage and poverty. "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work..." (2 Corinthians 9:6-9).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, thank you so much for all the good things You have done for me! Help me always to have a thankful and grateful heart, even when I do not see an immediate answer to my prayers. I know You will never leave me nor forsake me. Lord, give me a servant's heart so that I might always be willing to serve others. Lord, also help me to be humble enough to ask for help when I need it. Lord, may all of Your children have generous and giving hearts so that we might change the world for the better. Thank you for Your daily provision and use me to provide for others. Even if I do not have money to give to all that I would like to give to, I know that I can always give my prayers for them. I can always speak an encouraging word to those around me. Help me to give of the things that I do possess. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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Just Lot ... that righteous man.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Remember Lot's wife.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing. Be not ye ... partakers with them. For ye were sometime darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Genesis 13:10-11; Galatians 6:7; Luke 17:32; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; Ephesians 5:7-11
He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
Stand ... having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. The Lord is with thee, ... Go in this thy might.
Joshua 14:12; Hebrews 13:5-6; Psalm 71:16; Isaiah 32:17; Ephesians 6:12-14; Judges 6:12-14