Some Things are Absolute – Proverbs 30

I love concrete, inarguable statements. Today’s proverbs are exactly that.

“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.” Proverbs 30:5-6 NIV

1. Every word of God is flawless. He doesn’t make mistakes or promise what he won’t deliver.
2, He is a shield to those who take refuge in him. What better safety is there?
3. If I add to his words he will rebuke me and prove me a liar. I’m glad I can’t change or add to God’s words. I need what he says to be solid, unchanging. I need him to be God.

One more day in the month of January, and one more chapter in Proverbs to glean from. Tomorrow is Proverbs 31 day!

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

In God’s Hands – Proverbs 21

It’s hard to get in a panic about politics or the economy, or whatever the topic of the day is, when I remember this proverb. God’s directing the hearts of our leaders as easily as channeling water “wherever he pleases.” The next verse puts the responsibility on me to live uprightly; not by what my leaders say or what seems right, but as God directs. He weighs my heart.

“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.” Proverbs 21:1 NIV

“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” 21:2

This next proverb convinced me I needed to improve my saving habits. Believe it or not, for many years I believed it was selfish to hang on to our savings when there were so many others with needs. In prayer one day I felt a gentle reprimand when I was asking God for something. I felt his answer was, “I’ve already given you what you’re asking, but you gave it away.” I believed he wanted me to learn to be a better manager.

“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” 21:20

by Kathy Sheldon Davis