Day 8 | Read Scripture
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Read Proverbs 1 (read from a Bible, this page, or continue playing the video)
- Continue to make a P.A.C.T. in prayer.
Comment below when you have completed this activity.
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom
Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
14 cast lots with us;
we will all share the loot”—
15 my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they ambush only themselves!
19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the life of those who get it.
20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
30 Since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Goal: Reading Proverbs
Fellas, we are now into week two and day eight.
So hopefully, you have a paperback copy of the Bible, or you're excited to read from this page or to hear me read to you. Either way, we are going to get into the Bible. And the book we are going to read is Proverbs.
If you have a paperback copy of a Bible, Proverbs is right in the middle. If you flopped it open on the table and found the middle Proverbs is right there. The book directly before it is called Psalms. The book immediately following it is called Ecclesiastes. Proverbs has with in it 31 short chapters that are about 500 words each that should take you no more than about 3-5 minutes each day to read. What I think is interesting about each of these chapters is that they are full of wisdom statements that are catchy and readily applicable to everyday life. So I know that if you stay with this, you will find something that sparks your interest each day.
Today I want you to jump right in and read Proverbs 1. Don’t worry if you don’t understand something. Or if something is distracting, just read through it, and over the next few days, I am going to show you some simple steps to find some great wisdom in this book of wisdom.
So your activities are to read chapter 1 of the Book of Proverbs and then when you're done, pray for 5-minutes — using the PACT method. Remember, this should in all only take you about 5-minutes to read and 5-minutes to pray.
Also, you will notice four “tabs” or “plus buttons” on this page. These four are the activity tab that is open now. The scripture tab, which clarifies the proverb we are reading for the day, in this case, says Proverbs 1. The transcript tab in case you cannot listen to the audio, and you need to read it. And the Devo tab that contains daily a verse that stood out to me and my thoughts on that verse. Some of you will actively use all these tabs, and this is fine. But remember, I only need you to do the activity for the day. The rest is here to make doing the exercises easier.
Once you have completed this activity, write the word “completed” in the comments below.
If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.—Proverbs 1:23
The older I get, the more willing I am to make changes in my thoughts, attitudes, or behaviors with haste. Maybe it's because I realize I have less life in front of me than I do behind me. But perhaps, it's also because I have learned to hear and heed the will of God in all situations. I have discovered along the road of life that God is always speaking to me. It may come in the form of a nudge, a whisper, or even a reproof. And the appropriate response on my part is to turn. Turn immediately. Turn not to stop the reproof, but for the benefit of receiving the Spirit and hearing the further instruction, God is speaking to me. And who doesn't want to listen to the word of the Lord? The answer is simple; the one who refuses to turn.
DO THIS: When you experience reproof today, turn.
PRAY THIS: God, help me in your effort to change my thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. May I be more receptive to your teaching and your will for me.
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