Precepts In Proverbs – Devotional
Devotional Number 1
Guidelines for the wise
- Temptation can be overcome – Proverbs 1:10 (KJV) “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” Temptation will come but we need to realize it can be overcome. All temptation come through people. If you want to learn how to overcome temptation learn how to say “no”.
- Temptation will persist – Proverbs 1:11-12 (KJV) “If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit.” Four times the wicked person comes back and doesn’t give up. He says first come, then three times let us, let us, let us. They are not going to give up trying to drag you down into their sin.
- Temptation will make many promises – Proverbs 1:13 (KJV) “We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil.” Sin will make you any promise that you want to hear. Sin will promise that you will be popular. Sin will promise that you will be wealthy. Sin can promise you pleasure but even if it delivers it won’t last. Sin is incapable of delivering any good promise that is going to last.
Responsibilities of the wise
The person that wants to perform God’s will in their life are going to have to do some things. Wisdom does not come naturally you’re going to have to work at it.
- Avoid their deeds – Proverbs 1:15 (KJV) “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path.” The word way here means customs. This means don’t get close to sinners patterns of behaviour or their custom of sinning.
- Avoid their direction – Proverbs 1:15 (KJV) “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their ” The reason there is a path is that someone has been traveling that way for a long time. In this context this means somebody has some bad habits and we should avoid that path. We need to watch their direction. Anybody can avoid one sin but the person who keeps going back and doing the say sin has a path.
- Avoid their desires – Proverbs 1:16 (KJV) “For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.” It used to be when a person was confronted with temptation they hesitated weighing out the pros and cons. Once a path is developed you will find that the sinner is going to run to their sin.
- Avoid their danger – Proverbs 1:18 (KJV) “And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own” An interesting point is the sinner is running as fast as they can to sin but this verse says it will be their blood that is going to be shed. It’s their life they are going to lose. Sin becomes so pleasurable that we lose sight of the one the hammer is going to drop on is the sinner.
The resources of the wise – Proverbs 1:19-22 (KJV) “So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the
owners thereof. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” Here when the Bible talks about wisdom it sounds like a person. 1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” Here Paul tells us that Jesus Christ was made wisdom. In the Book of Proverbs when you find wisdom described as a person you might want to write down Jesus Christ. How is Jesus Christ able to help us to resist wrong and do right?
Proverbs 1:23 (KJV) “Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” Two valuable weapons that are found in this verse. First, the Holy Spirit and second the Bible. Jesus can help us to know the will of God for our life, avoiding temptations, our family and all other needs if we rely on the Holy Spirit and we will rely on His Word. ‘
The Enemy of the Wise
Solomon has been talking to the wise up until this point. Now he is going to talk about some people. He cannot speak to them because they won’t listen.
- The enemies of God are laughed at – Proverbs 1:26 (KJV) “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh.” God is going to have the last laugh. There are many who are mocking and laughing at God. One day they will stand in front of the Great White Throne. The last thing they will hear is God laughing at them.
- The enemies of God will be abandoned by God – Proverbs 1:28 (KJV) “Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me.”
- They are allowed to ruin their lives – Proverbs 1:31 (KJV) “Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.” When God steps out of a person’s life notice what He takes with Him. God will remove conviction, the Holy Spirit and God takes His hedge of protection away from the person. God doesn’t want us to ruin our own life but He won’t stand in the way either. God will let us eat the fruit of our own way and be filled with our own devices but when we step out of His Will God will take our hedge of protection and we will be on our own.
The whole world can be broken down into two types of people. They either a wise person or an absolute fool. A person is either trying to find out how to please the Lord or they are trying to find out how to please themselves. The tears of wisdom are Jesus Christ crying out trying to help us to find out how to find wisdom.
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