Water from the Springs

Daily Devotion – May 8, 2019

Proverbs 8:1-3

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

 

Chapter 8 is in sharp contrast to chapter 7, in the previous chapter, the cry was to take individuals away to sin, while the current chapter is calling them to wisdom. Solomon reveals where wisdom can be found, as he makes sure to let others know how easy it is to acquire.

Daily Devotion – May 7, 2019

Proverbs 7:24-27

Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

 

Solomon told his listeners to pay attention and to do what he said. He told them to avoid any association with the previously (verses 6-23) mentioned woman, as the consequences will be great, if they do not.

Daily Devotion – May 6, 2019

Proverbs 7:6-23

For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.  (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

 

Solomon used the illustration of an individual looking out a window into the street. As they watched, they saw a young man, who acted foolishly, meeting a woman who was playing the harlot. She invited the young man into her house and told him that her master was gone and would be for awhile. He submitted to her advances and suffered the consequences.

Daily Devotion – May 4, 2019

Proverbs 7:4-5

Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

 

We should treat wisdom with the honor and respect due to a sister and make understanding one of our nearest relatives. Those who follow wisdom and her instructions are preserved from pursuing after those things that will take us down the wrong path in life.

Daily Devotion – May 3, 2019

Proverbs 7:2-3

Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

 

Obedience to God’s law is the pathway to abundant living. We are to allow the Word of God to take control of all we do, so that we will have unquestioning obedience.

Daily Devotion – May 2, 2019

Proverbs 6:34-35

For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

 

Solomon expressed that jealousy is the rage of individuals, and because of anger, they will seek vengeance as much as they are capable of pouring out. When our anger consumes us, we do not know how far it will take us.

Daily Devotion – May 1, 2019

Proverbs 6:34-35

For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

 

Solomon expressed that jealousy is the rage of individuals, and because of anger, they will seek vengeance as much as they are capable of pouring out. When our anger consumes us, we do not know how far it will take us.

Daily Devotion – April 30, 2019

Proverbs 6:32-33

But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

 

Whoever commits adultery lacks sense because they do not stop and realize the consequence that sin has on them socially, spiritually, morally, and, even, physically.

Daily Devotion – April 29, 2019

Proverbs 6:30-31

Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

 

We are to have a measure of sympathy for those who have need. If we can help, we should do so, so that they can avoid breaking the law, as they provide for their family.