• Pleasure and Poverty

    Proverbs 21:17

    Our culture encourages us to pursue pleasure at all costs, to look for what will please us in the present and not to think about the price we might pay in the future if we do not delay gratification. However ...Read More

  • Our Need for Counsel

    Proverbs 20:18

    There are few decisions in life that are more important than one’s selection of mentors, friends, and advisers. Having the right people around them make otherwise average leaders into great ones. Even if we never become leaders ourselves, godly ...Read More

  • Granting Us Peace

    Proverbs 16:7

    As we have noted, the proverbs are not guaranteed promises for this life. We cannot, therefore, apply them in a wooden fashion and grow disillusioned when, for example, Proverbs 16:7 goes unfulfilled and our enemies remain firm in their ...Read More

  • Sovereign over Our Steps

    Proverbs 16:9

    Human freedom and divine sovereignty exist in a complex, mysterious relationship. Though God ordains all of our choices—even choices that end up being thwarted because they do not match the results that He has ordained—we can never blame ...Read More

  • The Discipline of the Lord

    Proverbs 3:11-12

    God does not delight in seeing His children suffer; rather, He imposes discipline for the greater good of our maturity in Christ. The discipline that we feel for our sin is not a sign that God hates us or is ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Wisdom Literature

    Psalm 1

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “God is only rightly served when his law is obeyed. It is not left to every man to frame a system of religion according to his own judgment, but the standard of godliness ...Read More

  • Standing Firm Against Adultery

    Proverbs 5:15-20

    Matthew Henry comments, “Let him that is married take delight in his wife, and let him be very fond of her, not only because she is the wife that he himself has chosen and he ought to be pleased with ...Read More

  • The Trap of Adultery

    Proverbs 5:1-14

    Adultery is not the unforgivable sin. Those who commit it will be forgiven by God if they repent. Nevertheless, adultery always has destructive consequences. It can lead to divorce. It can bring an end to a person’s good name ...Read More

  • The Enticement of Sinners

    Proverbs 1:10-19

    Proverbs 1:17 shows us that following after sin is foolish by comparing those who follow evildoers to fowlers trying to trap a bird. Ancient fowlers would sneak up behind birds on the ground and throw a net over them ...Read More

  • Discerning Rebuke

    Proverbs 17:9-10

    Love and wisdom must govern our speech and how we hear the words of others. We are to speak the truth in love, not seeking to crush sensitive souls but to build them up in Christ. This requires discernment. Understanding ...Read More

  • Sovereign Over Our Speech

    Proverbs 16:1

    Matthew Henry comments: “Man cannot go on with his business without the assistance and blessing of God, who made man’s mouth and teaches us what we shall say. Nay, God easily can, and often does, cross men’s purposes ...Read More

  • The Cords of Sin

    Proverbs 5:22-23

    Romans 2:5 indicates that the impenitent are storing up wrath for themselves, wrath that they will feel in its most intense form on that final day when God judges the living and the dead. Remembering this truth will help ...Read More

  • Honoring God with Your Wealth

    Proverbs 3:9-10

    The truth of Proverbs 3:9–10 is seen ultimately in the new heaven and earth where we all will possess a mansion (John 14:2 KJV). Moreover, the incredible truth of the gospel is that God makes us into ...Read More

  • Our Ways Before the Lord

    Proverbs 5:21

    The good that we do will not save us; only the perfect righteousness of Christ can do that. However, the Lord is still pleased to reward His people for what they do in serving Jesus. Since God ponders our paths ...Read More

  • Choosing Friends Wisely

    Proverbs 22:24-25

    Today’s passage is not a call for us to withdraw entirely from the world (1 Cor. 5:9–10); rather, it is a wise admonition for us to be discerning in our friendships. It is one thing to be ...Read More