April 9, 2018

Proverbs 27:1 (NLT) — 1 Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.

This verse is to remind you that you don’t control much of anything. God is in control. Knowing this should humble you to live in obedience to the one who is in control. Live to build up the reputation of God the Father and Jesus his son. They know if you will have a tomorrow or not. Do the best that you can today, it is the only day that matters. Live it to its fullest. Suck every drop of blessing from it. Savor the day. Rejoice in the day. Pray in the day. Sing in the day. Stand firm in your faith in the day.

Proverbs 27:11 (NLT) — 11 Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics.

People may criticize the way you raise your child. Cleo and I were criticized by some people because we used spanking as a form of discipline. We were criticized by others for not allowing Jeremy to eat a lot of sweets. People said that we were depriving him. However when the child turns out well you won’t have to defend yourself. The actions of the child will do the speaking. I heard someone once say “The teacher’s one defense–the success of his students.”

Proverbs 27:12 (NLT) — 12 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

This verse goes along with verse 11. Noah certainly is a good example here. This righteous man raised a righteous family. The end result spoke for it self.

Proverbs 27:22 (NLT) — 22 You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.

Catch the foolishness early in life before it has a chance to take root and grow. Children need to be raised with discipline so they don’t grow up to be fools. When a person gets to be an adult spankings and punishment don’t work anymore.

Proverbs 27:23 (NLT) — 23 Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds,

Know that state of your finances and take of them so that later on they can take of you.

Proverbs 27:24–27 (NLT) — 24 for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation. 25 After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in, 26 your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide the price of a field. 27 And you will have enough goats’ milk for yourself, your family, and your servant girls.

Store up for the future and also have something stored up for tough unsettled and unknown times. A good rule of thumb is to have three months wages put away in an emergency fund that is easily accessible. To do this you will most likely have to say ‘no’ and delay gratification.

Be Inspired Hilltop!