• 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