If you are like many people who find themselves caught up in the activities of daily living (including myself), but long to spend time reading and meditating on God’s Word, the book of Proverbs is a great place to start.
Proverbs is a unique book in that it has a collection of wise sayings, each of which may or may not be related to each other. Whereas in many books of the Bible you need to be more concerned about the context, with the book of Proverbs, many times (but not always) each wise saying, or proverb, may stand for itself.
Another awesome thing about the book of Proverbs is that it has 31 chapters–which perfectly coordinates with the number of days in a month. I have found that if I want to spend a little time in God’s Word, but don’t know where to start, I go to the chapter number in the book of Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month.
For example, yesterday was September 16th, so I read Proverbs chapter 16 (which is one of my favorites). I will share the chapter below, so that you can get an idea of how applicable this book of the Bible is, and how it so naturally lends itself to further pondering and meditation throughout the day.
Proverbs 16 (ESV – emphasis mine)
1 The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the LORD weighs the spirit.
3 Commit your work to the LORD,
and your plans will be established.
4 The LORD has made everything for its purpose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
be assured, he will not go unpunished.
6 By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.
7 When a man’s ways please the LORD,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness
than great revenues with injustice.
9 The heart of man plans his way,
but the LORD establishes his steps.
10 An oracle is on the lips of a king;
his mouth does not sin in judgment.
11 A just balance and scales are the LORD’s;
all the weights in the bag are his work.
12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
for the throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
and he loves him who speaks what is right.
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
and a wise man will appease it.
15 In the light of a king’s face there is life,
and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
17 The highway of the upright turns aside from evil;
whoever guards his way preserves his life.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor
than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 Whoever gives thought to the worda will discover good,
and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise of heart is called discerning,
and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
22 Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it,
but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.b
26 A worker’s appetite works for him;
his mouth urges him on.
27 A worthless man plots evil,
and his speechc is like a scorching fire.
28 A dishonest man spreads strife,
and a whisperer separates close friends.
29 A man of violence entices his neighbor
and leads him in a way that is not good.
30 Whoever winks his eyes plansd dishonest things;
he who purses his lips brings evil to pass.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life.
32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the LORD.
I hope that you enjoyed reading Proverbs 16! If you found it profitable, please feel free to take that next step and read Proverbs 17, which corresponds with today’s date.
May God bless your heart’s desire to read His Word and to know Him more!
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