Verse of the Day: (31:10) Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. (31:1)
God inspired King Lemuel to pen His Word on the woman of God who loves and fears Him. The entire Bible is all about God, and that man must choose to believe in Him, and serve Him to the end. Lemuel’s mother was a woman of God, and this was why he turned out to be a man of God. His mother taught him God’s Word including warning him never to give his strength to ungodly women and strong wine, that would eventually destroy his life and testimony, but to truly seek and pray to God, that He shall grant him a virtuous woman to be his wife and queen. Indeed, let us trust God for His providence, and follow after His righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness. (1 Timothy 6)
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. (31:11)
King Lemuel’s mother gave him advice as to the qualities of a godly woman to be his wife. Many will look for outward appearance, beauty and charms, but God’s main quality is the woman’s heart and inner beauty. Her heart must be after God’s heart and virtues to fulfil His perfect will, so that Lemuel would trust her in raising their children, providing for their family, and he could then focus on his great duties and responsibilities as the leader to his people, and sleep well throughout the night. Indeed, let us be the man and woman of God who is truly kind, diligent and wise, and full of good works, helping the poor, working hard for our family, and even the community, and loving, worshipping and serving God with all our hearts and souls, and for His glory and honour. (Acts 9:36-43)
She opened her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. (31:26)
Nobody will know you are a fool until you open your mouth. This is why the man and woman of God must have the wisdom to remain silent, unless it is necessary to speak up, as silence is golden. Our words must be kind, loving and encouraging so that all who hear us are blessed. Indeed, we are honoured that God uses our words to preach His gospel, so that whoever believes in Jesus, His only begotten Son, shall never perish in the devil’s hell, but have everlasting life with Him in glorious heaven. The blessings of finding a godly wife are that we and our children will thank and praise her, and also we will thank and praise God for her, and even the church and the community will praise her. Indeed, let us pray to God to grant us His wisdom, so that we can be man and woman who loves and fears Him, and do His good works, and fulfil His perfect will for His glory. (James 1)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be a man or woman who truly loves and fears You.
Verse of the Day: (30:5) Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
1.The Wise (29:1-27)
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. (29:11)
The wise will listen to God’s reproof and glorify Him, while the fool will reject it and incur His wrath, just like wax will melt away while clay harden itself under the same hot sun. When the wise are in leadership, the people will be happy and rejoicing, conversely, when the foolish leaders rule, the people will be mourning and suffering. Wise parents will reprove their children who will grow up honouring them and God, while the foolish ones will spoilt their children who will grow up bringing shame to them. The wise and humble are quick to listen to God, slow to speak and get angry, while the fool are proud, and is quick to speak and get angry. Indeed, let us be wise and have God’s vision to see that every soul needs Him, and have the courage to preach the gospel that all be saved, as ultimately He shall judge and punish the wicked and cast them into fiery hell. (James 3)
2.The Word (30:1-17)
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (30:6)
Agur, inspired by the Holy Spirit, penned this passage, confessing that he was nothing with God and His revelation to him, and teaching him of His existence, the prophesy of the coming of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah and the Anointed, and the utmost importance of His pure and holy Word. Let us trust and obey God and His Word as it is a mighty shield protecting us from the fiery darts of the devil, his demons and the wicked. Let us be contented with God and His Word whether we are rich or poor, sick or healthy, and in whatever situation, as His grace is sufficient for us. Let us believe in God’s Word knowing that He shall judge and punish all who add or subtract His Word by taking their names out of His book of life, and casting them to fiery hell. (Revelation 22)
3.The Way (30:18-33)
The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. (30:19)
God creates all things, including living things and mankind, such that every one of them has a unique way of living in this world. The way of eagles soaring high above storm clouds, the way of serpents slithering upon the rock, the way of ships navigating across the seas, the way of men courting ladies, the way of ants storing food, the way of conies making houses in the rocks, the way of locusts flying in groups, the way of spiders living in king’s palaces, and the way of lions, greyhounds, goats and kings moving with speed and agility. Let us therefore receive Jesus as our personal Saviour, as He is the only Way, Truth and Life to our God, and we shall be with Him forever in pearly heaven. (John 14)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that Your Word is my Shield protecting me from the devil.
Verse of the Day: (28:11) The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
1.The Rebuke (27:1-27)
Open rebuke is better than secret love. (27:5)
God’s love is the best as it is expressed in open rebuke for our sins, that we may repent them, and be reconciled with Him, so that one day, we shall have a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. God creates us in His image as well as free will, and His desire is for us to choose to receive Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, as our personal Saviour. Indeed, let us not boast about our achievements, as God holds our lives, and we do not even know whether we will live another day. Our lives are all about God and His love, mercy and grace, and let us thank Him for saving our souls, and His rebuke that is good for our souls. Let us also thank God for the rebuke of our faithful friends, as it like an iron sharpening another iron, and it helps us to be better Christians for His praise. (Revelation 3:14-22)
2.The Righteous (28:1-10)
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. (28:1)
Throughout the Bible, including the book of Proverbs, it is God’s desire that we receive Jesus as our Saviour who died and shed His blood for our sins so that we are righteous before Him in Jesus’ righteousness. Indeed, we shall be as bold as lions when we believe in Jesus, while the wicked shall be fearful even when no one is pursuing them because of their sins and guilt. Let us thus seek God and His righteousness, and not fame or fortune of this world, as He only hears and answers the fervent prayer of the righteous. (James 5)
3.The Rich (28:11-28)
A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. (28:20)
There is nothing wrong for us to be rich, but the problem is that most rich people attribute their riches and success to their own wisdom, business acumen and diligence, and never to God. They fail to realise that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, and all things including living creatures and mankind. Most often, the poor choose to believe in God because they depend upon Him daily to supply them with food and shelter. In fact, Jesus left the riches of heaven to become the son of a poor carpenter, when He could have chosen to be the son of a wealthy king. Jesus’ life on earth teaches us that it is not about material but spiritual riches that matters most, and that we must be faithful to Him to receive His blessings. Let us thus trust in Jesus, and be contended in life, thanking Him for His life example, that though He was rich in heaven yet for our sakes He became poor, so that we through His poverty become spiritually rich in Him. (2 Corinthians 8)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to love, praise and serve You whether I am rich or poor.
Verse of the Day: (25:2) It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
1.The Glory of God (25:1-10)
Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness. (25:5)
God’s glory is for men to diligently seek and search Him and His Word, so that we shall know Him, and make Him known to the world, that Jesus, His only begotten Son, truly saves. Indeed, God’s blessings are only upon His kings and people who believe in Him, and who live righteously and humbly before Him, while His judgment and punishment are upon those who are wicked and proud. Let us trust and serve our God to the praise of His glory, as He seals us with His Holy Spirit of promise now and forever. (Ephesians 1)
2.The Gold Of God (25:11-28)
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (25:11)
God’s Word is like apples of gold in pictures of silver encouraging and edifying men to believe and trust in Him, so that we be loving and caring for others, for His glory and praise. Let us flee from covetousness, and be contented with God and His Word. Let us be humble, considerate, truthful and faithful to God, and love our enemies as ourselves. Indeed, let us be vigilant and careful with our words and lives, that the trial of our faith in Jesus Christ, which is much more precious than pure gold that shall perish, tried with the furnace of fire, shall be found to His praise, honour and glory at His appearing. (1 Peter 1)
3.The Greatness Of God (26:1-28)
The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors. (26:10)
Be not deceived, the great God is not mocked, as we shall reap what you sow, and let us keep on loving, trusting and serving Him to the end. (Galatians 6) Though it seems like snow in summer, rain in harvest, and a fool gets his honour, yet one day, God shall make all things good and beautiful in His perfect time. Let us never envy sinners, and fret over injustice, as one day, God shall judge and punish the wicked, and justice shall prevail forever. Let us be wise in handling the fools and wicked, and only speak and reason with them if God permits, otherwise, leave them alone, and pray for their salvation and repentance. Let us believe that God is able to convert and transform our lives and hearts from evil and wickedness to that of holiness and righteousness for His glory and praise. Indeed, let us live soberly, righteously and godly, looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, knowing that our labour is never in vain, as He shall bless and reward us in His heavenly kingdom. (Titus 2)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to truly live and serve You for Your glory and praise.