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Daily Devotionals for June 20

 

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Proverbs: God's Wisdom for Daily Living

 

Devotional Scripture:

 

Proverbs 19:10-12(KJV):
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

Proverbs 19:10-12(NIV):
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury -- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

 

Thought for the Day

Verse 10 - Because a fool refuses to learn discipline, he is unprepared to handle money when he inherits it. He mismanages it by carelessly indulging every whim. He squanders his resources and his foolishness becomes evident to all. Prosperity is a reward of diligence; it is fitting for those who are wise, who work well, and who know how to handle it. It goes against all that is right and proper for a fool to enjoy luxury that he has done nothing to earn.

In the same way that luxury is not fitting for a fool, so it is not fitting for a servant to rule over princes. When a person with a servile mentality is put in a position of authority, he usually becomes arrogant and abusive of those under him. It is repugnant to see such a person belittle and overrule those with the princely qualities of true leadership.

Verse 11 - A wise man is patient and not easily offended. He graciously overlooks people's faults rather than letting them irritate him. It is a man's glory to reflect God's character. Patiently bearing with the weaknesses and faults of others reflects God's forgiving nature. Patience and love are part of the fruit of the Spirit. We can ask God for wisdom and to be filled with the Holy Spirit, who produces that fruit within us. When we are filled with God's love, we do not allow offences to disturb us. "Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]" (1 Corinthians 13:5b, AMP).

Verse 12 - This verse is simply saying that the king's wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as refreshing as dew upon the grass. The "king" can be anyone who is in a position of authority. Those who are in positions of authority can cause fear in the hearts of those beneath them if they are unhappy, and begin "roaring" about something. However, if the same people in authority are gracious to those beneath them, it is refreshing like the dew on grass. If God has blessed us by allowing us to be in a position of authority, we should show "kingly" kindness to those we manage. This brings glory to our Lord. However, if we are like a roaring lion to those under our authority, we are not pleasing to the Lord. We should show His nature in all of our affairs.

Prayer Devotional for the Day

 

Dear Father, I do appreciate all that You have done for me. Thank you, for the favor and kindness You show me through others. May I show love and kindness to all who know me. Lord, You tell us in Your Word that we are to love one another and when we do that, we bring glory to Your name. You tell us that when we truly love one another, men will see it and know that we are Your disciples. May we demonstrate Your love to all who know us. Forgive us when we have failed to show love and have yielded to our own selfishness. We know that if we proclaim our love for You, that we must also demonstrate it by loving each other. Change us and fill us with Your love is my prayer. I ask this in the name our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

         


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