Proverbs 9 gives us a beautiful picture of what it means to live as wise women. There are three characteristics mentioned.
A wise woman is hardworking (vs 1-2.) She builds her house, slaughters the oxen, mixes the wine, and sets the table. The foolish woman, on the other hand sits (vs 14.)
A wise woman is generous (vs 3-6.) She invites others to come in and enjoy the very things that she worked so hard to prepare. The foolish woman, on the other hand, offers others what cost her nothing (vs 17.)
A wise woman leads others to the Lord and the way of life (vs 10-11.) The foolish woman has nothing to offer but death (vs 18.)
I was drawn to the generosity of the wise woman. She offered freely to others what had cost her time, energy, and money. My desire is that I would give sacrificially, not superficially. That I would not give “if I have extra.” But that I would do without if it meant someone else would have what they need.
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There isn’t anyone too far gone or too far away for the Lord to reach. Just look at the four groups of people mentioned in this psalm.
Group 1: vs 4-9
The people wandered aimlessly without any place to call home. No place to belong. They were hungry, weary, and thirsty. They cried out to the Lord and He led them to a home, filled them with good things, and satisfied the longing in their souls.
Group 2: vs 10-16
The people are living in darkness, experiencing affliction, and enslaved because of their rebellion. They cried out to the Lord and He brought them out of the darkness, broke their chains, and set them free.
Group 3: vs 17-22
The people suffered affliction because of their sinful ways. They no longer found enjoyment in food and no longer had a desire for nourishment. They were at death’s door and cried out to the Lord. He sent His Word and it brought healing and deliverance.
Group 4: vs 23-32
The people were going about their business and encountered a terrible storm. It caused them to feel afraid and helpless. They cried out to the Lord and He calmed the storm and guided them to safety.
Whether we are experiencing loneliness, affliction, illness, or storms – we can cry out to the Lord (vs 6, 13, 19, 28.) His ear is open to our cry and his love for us is steadfast.
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Today is Proverbs 5. Please leave your comments, insights, questions, prayer requests, etc. below. I’m praying for each of you and will be posting my thoughts in the stories later today. Just a reminder that the entire series is saved in the highlights.
Our daily disciplines directly affect how we respond to trials in our lives. If we have made prayer a daily discipline then we will, in troubling times, be people who pray instead of panic. If seeking God’s will through the study of His Word has been a daily discipline, we will do the same when we encounter uncertainty in the world around us.
Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shadow of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
There are two scenarios in this one verse – one present tense and one future.
Present Tense Scenario: He who dwells in the shadow of the Most High…
This describes a man who makes it his daily practice to sit under the covering of God Most High. The name for God used here is Elyon and it refers to the holiness and authority of God. So, this person daily recognizes the authority and otherness of God.
Future Tense Scenario: …will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
This same man, because of his daily discipline of living under the Lord’s authority and recognizing His holiness will then live under the protection of the Almighty. This name for God is El Shaddai or God All Powerful. The man who has made it a habit to remain near the Lord will know where to go in troubling times.
What this psalm teaches us is that those of us who make a habit of recognizing God’s holiness and authority in our daily lives can then enjoy the protection of His power in times of trial. When we understand this, we no longer fear the “arrow that flies by day, the destruction at noon, or the pestilence at night (verse 5-6.) We are covered morning, noon, and night by the All Powerful God “because we have made the Lord our dwelling place” (verse 9) all along.