• Boasting About the Future Devotional

    Proverbs 27:1

    Many times, we make plans for the future and experience an inordinate degree of sadness when they do not turn out. Disappointment when things do not turn out our way may not be completely avoidable in this life, but understanding that only God knows the future and holds it in His hands can help us put things in proper perspective when things do not work out as we had hoped. We are not to put our hope in the future but in the One who holds the future in His hands. View Resource

  • Praise from Others Devotional

    Proverbs 27:2

    Humility and meekness are marks of the true believer in Christ. We dare not confuse these virtues with weakness, for humble believers are strong in Christ. These virtues, instead, reflect an honest appraisal of one’s talents and weaknesses. They lead us to rely on other people when it is necessary, and they encourage us to continually cast all of our cares and needs upon the Lord. Are you humbling yourself before the Lord this day? View Resource

  • Closer Than a Brother Devotional

    Proverbs 27:9–10

    As the rest of today’s passage indicates, the counsel of a friend should be sweet, that is, effective and grounded in earnest concern for us (Prov. 27:9). Likewise, it should be his house to which we go in the day of distress (v. 10a). In light of the more full revelation of the New Testament, this means that our churches should help provide their members with the loving counsel and assistance that others are unwilling or unable to provide. How are you helping your church do that? View Resource

  • Sharpening One Another Devotional

    Proverbs 27:17

    Do you have other “irons” in your life who can help in sharpening you? We are blessed indeed if we have at least one friend upon whom we can count for loving, constructive criticism. If we do not have any such people in our lives, we should be looking for them. We should also be asking the Lord to help develop us into people who can offer such criticism to others and to enable us to persist in love toward our friends and others. View Resource