Mom’s Advice for a King – Proverbs 31

I feel like I’m being tricky by not highlighting the “godly woman” verses that always catch my attention in Proverbs 31. Instead, today I’m actually drawn to the opening verses.  We are told these words were spoken to King Lemuel by his mother.

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel–not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.” Proverbs 31:4-9 NIV

The king is clearly being advised to abstain from alcohol in order to best serve his people, and to give it to those who are dying, distraught, poor or miserable. I’m not any of those things, so I don’t foresee the need of using alcohol. Give me wisdom, Lord!

It’s been great digging into Proverbs this month. You may want to start at chapter one again in a few months and check out some new daily words of wisdom. I’m sure I will.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in the Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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