January 24, 2019

Proverbs 20:17 (NLT) — 17 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth.

Here again is a warning to think of what the consequences of your actions might be. There may be sweetness in the moment of obtaining something by fraud but be sure that you will be found out. If not in this lifetime than the next. Nothing escapes the eyes of the Lord. In the 70’s there was a saying, “If it feels good, do it.” Mostly this was a reference to sex outside of marriage. Well what was sweet turned to gravel when the HIV virus started cropping up everywhere. (See Proverbs 9:17-18) Also think of Gehazi in 2Kings 5:20-27

Ecclesiastes 11:9 (NLT) — 9 Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.

Proverbs 20:18 (NLT) — 18 Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.

Good counsel will lead to a good ‘afterward’.

Proverbs 20:19 (NLT) — 19 A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.

If you want a good ‘afterward’ be very careful who you confide in.

Proverbs 20:20 (NLT) — 20 If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness.

Choose your words wisely when talking to your parents. Honoring your father and mother will make your ‘afterward’ bright.

Proverbs 20:21 (NLT) — 21 An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.

It takes a very mature self-controlled person to handle money wisely. If want your children to have a blessed ‘afterward’ be careful what you give them now. Wise parents know what their can handle and what they can’t. Wise parents won’t put temptations in front of their children. Without self-control the temptation to spend it all would be too overpowering.

Proverbs 20:22 (NLT) — 22 Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.

You never get ahead by getting even. Jesus let God handle and it turned out to be the best for us. Let’s learn that lesson. Jacob always took matter into his own hands. He never seemed to think about ‘afterward’. Judas also took matters into this own hands and look how the ‘afterward’ turned out for him. We live in a society that is the result of all the blame and vengeance that has gone on over the centuries. It is about time we leave things in God’s hands. His way for all of us is love and forgiveness.

Proverbs 20:23 (NLT) — 23 The Lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.

An honest God cannot bless dishonesty.

Proverbs 20:24 (NLT) — 24 The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?

We may not understand everything that happens in life but we can take heart in the fact that God has everything under control.

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  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    I’ve been pondering these verses this morning and all of them are “don’ts” except the last one which basically sums up how we are to live….trusting God that He will order our steps, knowing that He knows the way.
    Mary Anne