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Pathways Through Proverbs
Daily Devotional

May 22, 2008

Today's Reading - Proverbs 22
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Proverbs
Chapter 22
  1. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
  2. The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
  3. A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
  4. By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
  5. Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
  6. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
  7. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
  8. He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
  9. He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
  10. Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
  11. He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
  12. The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
  13. The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
  14. The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
  15. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
  16. He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
  17. Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
  18. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
  19. That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
  20. Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
  21. That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
  22. Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
  23. For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
  24. Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
  25. Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
  26. Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
  27. If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
  28. Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
  29. Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.


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Proverbs 22:19

"That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee." - Proverbs 22:19

 Who or what do you trust in? This is a vital question, both for the believer and the unbeliever. For the unsaved man the answer is the difference between Heaven and Hell. For the Christian, the answer is the difference between a successful spiritual life and an unsuccessful one.

 Salvation is obtained only through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ. There is no other person or institution in which faith can be placed. If a man trusts his church, or his baptism, or in sacraments, or in his own "goodness" for salvation, he will face an eternity in the Lake of Fire. Thus, the call to the unsaved is "Trust in the Lord for salvation."

 Trust in the Lord does not end at salvation. A man may have exercised saving faith at the point of his conversion, but he also needs to learn to trust the Lord in his daily life. Let's think about a couple questions. When sickness comes, who do we trust: the doctor or the Lord? When financial problems come, who do we trust: the bank or the Lord? When loneliness sets in, who do we trust: friends or the Lord? When our emotions get the better of us, who do we trust: psychologists or the Lord? When choices have to be made, who do we trust: guidance counselors or the Lord? When problems arise, who do we trust: ourselves or the Lord?

 Solomon wrote the Proverbs so that men might learn to trust the Lord. We may not always understand why God has said things, but if we will have faith that He is correct, and put His Word into practice, we will be able to lead a victorious Christian life.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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