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Daily Devotionals for March 22


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Proverbs: God's Wisdom for Daily Living


Devotional Scripture:


Proverbs 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 Day


Dear 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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