Click here. Please read 31 slow and let the Lord Highlight some scriptures. Conviction is a wonderful conversation. Pray before you read. Ask the Lord to be OBVIOUS and PERSONAL.
Before you dig into the Proverbs 31, the portrait of a Biblical Woman first let’s look at one of the most important Scriptures in the Bible:
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar”. Prov 30:5-6.
These are words from the Lord that were quoted as early as Deuteronomy (probably earlier) and it is one of the LAST things God says in Revelation! (22:18) Don’t just memorize it…LIVE IT. Now read Proverbs 31. Do not add to it, do not take away from it.
Ahhhh the famous Proverbs 31. How often I have avoided it. I have read it in parts before and honestly thought about it and said “yeah right”. I have also had other, more liberal woman in my life, roll their eyes at just the mention of the Proverb. But I will tell you what I read was fresh and revitalizing. If all the Bible is the Word of God, and we have spent the past few days reading scriptures about PURPOSE then what a great reading for us woman to read as a check list for our status. A status of how we are doing not by the World’s standard but by God’s standards. SO I read this Proverb and thought..so How is my Character? So here is your Proverbs 31 Status report.
- If I am a leader in the Lord’s eyes, do I fall victim to alcohol?
- Do I speak up for those who cannot defend themselves? Or do I keep quiet and let others fight political battles?
- Do I defend the rights of the poor? Or am I just concerned about my household?
- Do I feel like God thinks of our Character FAR more than rubies? Or do I think he overlooks that?
- Do I feel worthy and esteemed to my husband?
- Am I ‘selective’ of all the goods my family attains, watches, wears, lives with?
- Do I wake early to prepare and provide for the needs of my family?
- Am I responsible with the funds and budget our family has?
- Do I give 100% effort in every task of the house? (ouch)
- Do I volunteer and serve in the community as we are to?
- Do I plan for rough times in advance?
- Do I lift up my husband to be the man God wants him to be?
- Do I work or contribute if it is necessary?
- Do I keep tabs on all the activities of the family and not shut a blind eye to any happenings?
- Do my children see the blessings of a mother role? (Amen!!!)
- Do I show such a character that my husband or other people recognize a Proverbs 31 woman?
- Do I set the standard for myself higher than that of society? Do I set it to God’s standards?
- Do I recognize that any external beauty will be gone, but a God respecting woman will be praised by those around her forever.
What I also noticed was what this Proverb did not mention. It did not mention her corporate status, her economic class, her weight or appearance. Noble Character is what we are in the inside Portrayed into action. So we surely will read Proverbs 31 again in our life. When we read it we need to strive to tackle another verse each time.
I think knowing we are coming to the end of Proverbs has made me really slow down and think about each one. I read them in New Living Translation today and they were A MAZE ING!
As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend.
As a face is reflected in water,
so the heart reflects the real person
God detests the prayers
of a person who ignores the law.
Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
To discipline a child produces wisdom,
but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
The righteous despise the unjust;
the wicked despise the godly.
Click here for the read. Happy Father’s Day to any of the Dad’s out there.
The rest of the Proverbs we read were written by Solomon but collected by Hezekiah. Hezekiah was one of the few Kings in Judah that honored the Lord. These Proverbs are written toward the Leaders and Kings. We today are the leaders. Jesus used Proverbs 25 as a parable in the book of Luke.
Proverbs 25. Loved it. Remove the dross from the silver and out comes material for the silversmith. The Lord is the Silversmith. We are his Silver. In order for him to mold us and make us shine, in order for Him to make us beautiful to the owner (Him) first the dross needs to be removed. Dross is the impurities, the unwanted, unneeded material in the element . So if you decide to live a life more according the Lord, you need to clean it up inside and out. Then he can make you His Gem. A Gem in the crown of the King. Flawless!
Proverbs 26. I found 26 to be interesting because they were so straight forward. They should not be read as we see people, but this is how the Lord sees people. We might read these proverbs and think of others but we need to always read them and think “Is that how the Lord sees me today”. Folly, Gossip, Pride, Malice, Drunkard, Fool…are we sure none of these were us? I truly think after the 365 read I am going to buy a Handbook on the Proverbs and dig a little deeper on them. Pearls of Wisdom.
Ok….Put yours in comments…I circled a ton of them!
(there are a few I did not understand and I am working on them but I am trying to get to Panera Bread for Bagels for Father’s Day)
I truly believe that if your heart is prepared and you are willing for God to speak directly to you it would be really hard to read today and walk away without a personal Word from the Lord. Today was about parenting, the desire for money, drinking alcohol, being envious of others, knowing His Ways and so much more! Click here
Next year when you are done reading the “Read through” you may go through a dry season. You might stare at your Bible and say…Hmmm what should I read today?? Lord Where do you want me in the Bible to get a Word…FIRST OF ALL know that God can give you a fresh Word from ANY page in the Bible, but if you are ever just slipping around the Bible, the Proverbs are a GREAT place to crash into…then when that Verse catches your eye (and your heart) look up the Cross reference….and then the next Cross reference and keep going till God has been VERY clear with His message for you for the day.
Have a great day, TOMORROW we go back to the life of Solomon and we are about to Build the Temple!!! Whoooo hoooo very very excited. (I know you are Penny)
Notice the Blogs in Proverbs are vague. That is because the read is Personal. Click here.
Assignment: I want you to pick one from each chapter and memorize it by Monday. There must be so many of these that you either liked because you know it to be Truth, or that you need to memorize it because it is Truth that is speaking to you. So pick three, you can write them and put them in your car, over the kitchen sink, in the restroom, on your computer, use a dry erase pen on a mirror…
Here are my 3:
Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)
Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.(Proverbs 20:15)
If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor,
he too will cry out and not be answered. (Proverbs 21:13)
Ok, sooo sorry. I slept in really late and THEN just as I sat down to read we decided to rush to MGM because it was supposed to rain and I thought we would be back before 11 am. Well it never rained! SO I am just reading now. Click here.
Today is the 6th day of Reading the Proverbs. How are you doing? How is it going? I did the readingand I actually had the Proverbs by Max McLean saying it while I read it. Then it hit me….why am I reading these? Do you remember WHY we are reading these?
Prologue: Purpose and Theme (Proverbs 1)
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for attaining wisdom and discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young-
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance-
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Ohhhh to put them into practice! See I was reading them to see which ones I can check off my list as “Yup, I do that one or to say Ohhhhh I should work on that I guess”. Listen to me, I don’t recall where, but it said We need to seek wisdom like it was a Treasure! Example, if we read one and don’t get it…we need to DIG. If someone said there was a BIG ruby in the sand…would you attempt to dig for it?
Ok, your turn. Share in comments which one the Lord spoke to you about. Not one that you are “Check, I do that” but the Lord speaking to you….the one for THIS season of your Life!
Is the Lord talking to you? I know some of you say “I have no idea how to hear Him”. Proverbs may be the easiest way to Discern His Voice. As you are reading you will read a proverbs and a few things may happen…
- You may read one and an incident in your life may come to mind. For example, there have been many Scriptures about the “words”or the “tongue”. And maybe something you said or say often comes to mind. Like slander, gossip, cursing, grumbling….the Lord is talking to you.
- You may pick up on a theme. For example, if all the Proverbs about “poor vs wealth” catch your eye, he is talking to you. If all the scriptures about ‘mockers, pride, dishonestly, children, spouse’….etc…if certain “themes” catch your eye, He is speaking to you. Each of us are led to different Proverbs according to our season and the message the Lord is talking to us about.
So Sorry, yesterday I had you read 13 and it was for today. Maybe the Lord intended it for us twice 🙂
One thing I think we need to remember is who wrote these and when. In 1 Kings Chapter 3 the Lord tells Solomon “Ask me of whatever you want me to give you”. And Solomon asks for Wisdom and a Discerning Heart. And God granted him this Wisdom, and from that Solomon has written over 3000 Proverbs. So what we are reading is the thoughts and warnings straight from the Lord through Solomon’s pen.
The Proverbs have said a wise learner accepts instruction and criticism, loves disciple, listens to advice, accepts parents advice, leads others towards the Truth, receives honor, is blessed, helps people avoid traps, uses pleasant words, and speaks wisely.
A fool, ignores instruction, hates correction, won’t take advice, mocks parents, leads others astray, will end their life in shame, and eventually self destruct.
I circled a lot of the Proverbs in these chapters but the ones that keep rolling through my head this week are the ones that talk about hard work.
He who works his land will have abundant food,
but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment (12:11)
From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things
as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. (12:14)
All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty (14:23
These short writings are what people think of when they hear the word Proverb. Written by Solomon.
We ended yesterday with a verse: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Now it is time to harness the knowledge. These are the precepts from the Lord. Each one is as important to the Lord as the next. Take each verse and think about it, take a note about it, maybe look it up in a different version if you are not grabbing it, pick one or two to write on your bathroom mirror with Dry Erase Pen to memorize. This is a great place to keep your book mark so that if you Bible Dip for a daily devotion, these are great Truths. Which Truth popped out to you (today). Well Many did to me…I was a circling fool! But what interested me more was looking up what many of them meant in Hebrew. For example: Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free. (Proverbs 11:21)
- Wicked means “guilty”. Guilty is a non christian, an unbeliever.
- “will go free” means Delivered! Redeemed!
If you have a verse that popped out and you want help looking up the words in the original text of Hebrew, put the scripture in the Comments and I will help you.
Click here for reading. It is a short read but I KNOW it will speak you
Warnings against Adulteress.You may have read chapter 7 and thought that it may not apply to you regarding the adulteress. But I was reminded of a Scripture
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Mt 5:27-28)
In Chapter 7 reading of the woman and man going to her house to have an affair is just as sinful as imagining it. That stupid phrase the world has coined “You can look but you can’t touch” is just more work of Satan.
Chapter 8. Wisdom’s call. Notice that chapter 7 and chapter 8 contrast. You have two different woman to choose to have a relationship with you . One is Sin and one is Wisdom. You can’t have both. IN Chapter 7 if it is not an affair that lures you what does? What is the one sin that pulls you down away from God? Chapter 8 argues that choice saying Wisdom is calling you too…don’t you hear it? The Lord knows that some of the Chapter 7 choices are Pride, Arrogance, Bad behavior or Perverse Speech (8:13).
Folly: means Lack of good sense, foolishness, bad behavior.
The End of Chapter 9 really hit me that Folly is a lure from Satan. Verse 17 says “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious”. Reminded me straight from the Garden of Eden. Listen, nothing we do is in secret to the Lord. Nothing. SO let’s choose Wisdom over foolishness. How do we do that?
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (9:10)
Half the problem is we as a CHURCH don’t take the time to learn about the Holy One. What He likes, dislikes, hates, blesses, punishes….we think we have God all figured out without taking the time to learn His character.