Today’s passage: Proverbs 24
- Our definition of what a house is changes drastically when we believe a house is built, established and filled with riches by wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
- Wise people grow in knowledge and strength because they never stop learning.
- Verse 27 would have been directly applied by being content to live in a tent in your land until you had worked the land, made it productive and gathered resources needed to build a permanent house.
- The idea is this: Live within your means. Be content as you work hard and gather resources. When the time comes and you have the means, go build that house.
Questions to consider:
- Why do we want to eat honey (Verse 13)? How must we value wisdom and biblical knowledge before we will desire to take it in? Is God’s wisdom and biblical knowledge good? Is God’s word sufficient? What kinds of things “cut our hope off” concerning the Bible? When we don’t feel like reading it and learning, what might be affecting our values?
- When we envy unbelievers, what are we forgetting? What are their motives (Verses 1-2)? What is their end (Verses 19-20)?
- Which proverb stuck out the most to you? How can you put it into practice today?
Father, it seems so illogical that we would envy the possessions of others and at the same time be prone to laziness, but it happens. It seems to illogical that we would call your Word so magnificent and forget sometimes to read it, but it happens. Thank you for your grace! Thank you for Jesus. We all have fallen short of your glory and you have given us guarantee that our end will not be the same as those who reject you. May we whole-heartedly rejoice in your love and therefore desire to get up, learn your wisdom, work hard and love people. Lord, please build our houses, establish our families, and fill our rooms with the precious and pleasant riches of your kind favor.