Bible Pathways - July 25, 2008
Read Proverbs 20
Highlights In Today's Reading:
We see the benefit of integrity and having a good reputation. Warning is given against alcoholic drink and its subtle addiction that leads to destruction before we realize it. Then how should we treat the less fortunate and our children? Chapter 22 is unique in that the writer gives us 'thirty sayings of the wise'.
Everyone despises a liar and a thief (except for liars and thieves): The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets (22:13). His lion is an "excuse" and a lie for not wanting to work. Such a lie is common, but just as sinful. A child makes "excuses" for disobedience to his parents but he had other plans; an apprentice has an excuse for inattention; an unsuccessful salesman has excuses for no sales but he didn't make the calls. A husband makes excuses for being late coming home by saying he had to work overtime when he decided to play a game of pool. Even pastors have certain members who say they missed worship service because they were "sick" when really they were fishing.
Truthfulness and obedience are keys to pleasing God and are essential if one is to know God's will. Jesus promised His disciples: When He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth (John 16:13). In His High Priestly Prayer, on the night He was betrayed, Jesus prayed for you and me as He prayed to His Heavenly Father: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them . . . that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me (17:20-23).
The true disciple is never satisfied with mere knowledge of the Gospel, but he is a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only (James 1:22-25). And, in this new life of spiritual freedom, disciples go forth to witness for Christ and spread the Word which has brought salvation and true joy to themselves. As the Body of Christ, they are willing to respond in every sphere of work in the service of the Church, by the bedside of the sick, caring for the poor, and seeking to bring the wanderers back to the fold. Even the weak in faith and babes in Christ witness to their joy as a new creature (II Corinthians 5:17) in Christ, who is The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6). All who possess eternal life, find joy in expressing their love for their Lord and His Word.
If ye continue in My Word, then ye are My disciples indeed; And ye shall know The Truth, and The Truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32).
Thought for Today:
Our God never tells lies. Are we known for the same characteristic?
As the king who sits on the throne of judgment (Proverbs 20:8). For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son (John 5:22).
20:10 divers =b> differing; 20:19 meddle not =b> do not associate; 20:25 make inquiry =b> reconsider; 21:7 robbery =b> violence; 21:9 brawling =b> contentious; 21:14 a reward in the bosom =b> a secret gift; 22:2 meet together =b> have this in common; 22:26 sureties for =b> responsible for.
Pray for Staff: Benjamin Wallace • Country: Angola (11 million) in west-central Africa • Major languages: Portuguese and Bantu dialects • Christianity is gradually being driven underground by communism • 60% Roman Catholic; 20% Protestant; 5% belief in ancestor spirits, witches, and medicine men • Prayer Suggestion: Pray in such a manner that others would be encouraged to praise and glorify God also (Jude 1:24-25).
Optional Reading: Hebrews 2
Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Corinthians 4:10