• Money and Inflation Devotional

    Proverbs 20:10

    Some have called inflation “the cruelest tax of all.” An artificial increase in the money supply is actually a type of oppression because it harms the poor and the elderly who live on fixed incomes. The biblical mandate to meet the needs of the orphan and widow is all the more urgent when inflation runs rampant. Do what you can to encourage fiscal discipline in the government and work with your church leaders to help the needy in your congregation. View Resource

  • Our Need for Counsel Devotional

    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 and wise friends are invaluable for helping us become successful parents, employees, and laypeople. Let us take care in choosing the company we keep, and may we always heed wise, godly advice. View Resource

  • Awaiting God’s Deliverance Devotional

    Proverbs 20:22

    Christians are to be known for their love for their enemies and for each other (Matt. 5:43–48; John 13:34–35), and such love does not seek vengeance for every wrong that is ever done to us. Of course, this is difficult, as we all seek to be repaid for the evil we experience. However, if we trust in the Lord for vengeance and pray that He will make us patient with sinners just as He is patient with sinners, the Spirit will enable us not to seek vengeance when it is not appropriate to do so. View Resource

  • Unequal Weights and False Scales Devotional

    Proverbs 20:23

    As the God who is truth Himself, it should be no surprise that one of God’s utmost concerns is with the truthfulness of all of our interactions with others. Christians are to be people who are scrupulously concerned with the truth to the point that they are fair and just even in the smallest economic matters, such as not accepting more change from the cashier than is actually owed. We are to use honest measures and treat others as we would want to be treated. View Resource

  • Discipline’s Cleansing Rod Devotional

    Proverbs 20:30

    Matthew Henry comments, “Severe rebukes sometimes do a great deal of good, as corrosives contribute to the cure of a wound, eating out the proud flesh. The rod drives out even that foolishness which was bound up in the heart, and cleanses away the evil there.” Obstinate sinners such as ourselves often cannot learn our lessons unless the instruction is delivered with painful blows. But as this pain leads to cleansing, it is evidence of God’s working all things for our final good. View Resource

  • Lord Over the Hearts of Men Devotional

    Proverbs 21:1

    The manner in which God exercises His providential rule is a mystery, but we know that He never directs us in such a way that we cease to be morally responsible for our actions. Though the Lord ordains whatsoever comes to pass, those who do evil are still held accountable for it. This is comforting, for it reminds us that God is working even the worst things for our good. Yet it is also sobering, reminding us that we cannot take for granted His grace in restraining us from sinning with abandon. View Resource

  • Pleasure and Poverty Devotional

    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, God would have us look toward the future so that we might delay pleasure for the sake of a greater good. It is right to appreciate the good gifts of God, but these gifts are not satisfying as ends in themselves. View Resource

  • Patience and Kindness Devotional

    Proverbs 21:21

    Showing patience to others takes a significant amount of wisdom. There comes a point when even God ceases to be patient with us, and there are times when we will need to stop being patient with someone for that person’s good. Still, patience should be our normal inclination, especially if we are in positions of authority over others. Let us seek wisdom in how to be patient, and may we always be kind to others. View Resource

  • Patience and Kindness Devotional

    Proverbs 21:21

    All of us have been tempted at one time or another to jockey for position and to make ourselves look knowledgeable by correcting minor mistakes. For example, we sometimes think that by always correcting minor misstatements and trivial errors we have done a great service to humanity. Yet always being the first to correct every inaccurate word or misstatement actually displays an unkind spirit. Ask the Lord to help you overlook trivial errors in the name of kindness. View Resource

  • The Sin of Sloth Devotional

    Proverbs 21:25–26

    Make specific changes in your life to fight laziness. This can include your vocation, physical exercise, and spiritual disciplines like prayer, Bible study, attendance at worship, and service. If you have children, establish guidelines for housework, school work, and spiritual exercise to help them overcome laziness. View Resource

  • Our Wisdom and God’s Devotional

    Proverbs 21:30-31

    God’s wisdom has the final say in all matters. No plan, no matter how well conceived or potent, can keep Him from accomplishing His purposes. His enemies can advance only as far as He allows, and what might look like victories on their part are ordained by the Lord as part of His plan to defeat them fully and finally. If we are in Christ, the undefeatable Lord is on our side. In that we can and must rejoice, for it means that our enemies cannot finally prevail. View Resource

  • Equality and Diversity Devotional

    Proverbs 22:2

    What culturally dominant political and social philosophies try to undermine God’s order in society? What happens to a society when you treat everyone as if they were equal in every respect? Examine your own belief system for any attempts to equalize humanity rather than an acceptance of God’s established order. View Resource

  • Choosing Friends Wisely Devotional

    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 friends with a person who has a bad temper, understands his problem, and is working to get it under control, but it is something far different to be friends with one who shows no understanding of his anger and who does not care in the least to control it. May we be wise in choosing our friends. View Resource

  • Causing Parents to Rejoice Devotional

    Proverbs 23:24–25

    Parents who still have children at home should take every opportunity they can to make sure they learn the teachings of our holy faith. Catechism memory, home devotionals, Sunday school, and Lord’s Day worship are all opportunities for children to learn what pleases God. Adult children can seek to learn from their godly parents through initiating conversations about spiritual things, studying the Bible together. View Resource

  • Envying Evil Men Devotional

    Proverbs 24:1–2

    Seeing the wicked succeed can be discouraging, especially when we are suffering for the sake of righteousness. Yet what we should never do, today’s passage tells us, is envy the wicked and their success. The success of the wicked is but temporary, and any suffering we endure for righteousness is temporary as well. In eternity to come, the wicked will receive their just reward, just as those who are righteous in Christ will be confirmed in glory forever. View Resource