Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5–6
Today’s Devotional was written by: Wayne Propst
Hear our prayer, O Lord.
Father we live in a nation of excess and abundance. Our pantries are filled with food. If there is anything we lack, we can usually quickly obtain it from well-stocked grocery stores. We are not hungry.
Our closets are filled with clothes, many of which we seldom wear.
We live in homes that protect us from the weather. We control our environment with air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter.
We have few worries regarding the necessities of life. We have them in abundance. We spend our time in pursuit of pleasure. We have become complacent. We have failed to trust in you and lean on you, Lord.
David tells us in Psalm 24: ”The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.”
Forgive us for our complacency.
Forgive us for our lack of trust in you—a trust that it is you Lord, who provides for us, a trust that acknowledges that it is you who feeds us, it is you who clothes us and gives us shelter.
May our hearts be open to the needs of our ministries in Rwanda, Uganda, Ukraine, Ghana and Honduras.
May our hearts be touched and softened by the unwanted and abused children, the homeless and the hungry of our city.
Father, we give you praise and thanksgiving for taking care of us. May we do likewise for others.
May we commit ourselves to the building of your church in Tyler.
Today we joyfully offer you our love, our hearts, our talents. We offer you our energy, our creativity, our faithfulness. We offer you our gratitude and our resources, for they are but yours.
Father, your church is the hope of a fallen world.
Hear our prayer, O Lord.
Read this verse in context: Proverbs 3
My son, don’t forget my instruction.
Let your heart guard my commands,
2 because they will help you live a long time
and provide you with well-being.
3 Don’t let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.
Bind them on your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will find favor and approval
in the eyes of God and humanity.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
don’t rely on your own intelligence.
6 Know him in all your paths,
and he will keep your ways straight.
7 Don’t consider yourself wise.
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 Then your body[a] will be healthy
and your bones strengthened.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the first of all your crops.
10 Then your barns will be filled
and your vats will burst with wine.
11 Don’t reject the instruction of the Lord, my son;
don’t despise his correction.
12 The Lord loves those he corrects,
just like a father who treats his son with favor.
Value of wisdom
13 Happy are those who find wisdom
and those who gain understanding.
14 Her profit is better than silver,
and her gain better than gold.
15 Her value exceeds pearls;
all you desire can’t compare with her.
16 In her right hand is a long life;
in her left are wealth and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant;
all her paths are peaceful.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
those who hold her tight are happy.
19 The Lord laid the foundations of the earth with wisdom,
establishing the heavens with understanding.
20 With his knowledge, the watery depths burst open,
and the skies drop dew.
Integrity of wisdom
21 My son, don’t let them slip from your eyes;
hold on to sound judgment and discretion.
22 They will be life for your whole being,
and an ornament for your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely on your path,
and your foot won’t stumble.
24 If you lie down, you won’t be terrified.
When you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant.
25 Don’t fear sudden terror
or the ruin that comes to the wicked.
26 The Lord will be your confidence;
he will guard your feet from being snared.
27 Don’t withhold good from someone who deserves it,
when it is in your power to do so.
28 Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go and come back;
I’ll give it to you tomorrow,” when you have it.
29 Don’t plan to harm your neighbor
who trusts and lives near you.
30 Don’t accuse anyone without reason,
when they haven’t harmed you.
31 Don’t envy violent people
or choose any of their ways.
32 Devious people are detestable to the Lord,
but the virtuous are his close friends.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 He mocks mockers,
but he shows favor to the humble.
35 The wise gain respect,
but fools receive shame.
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