The scripture for today is Proverbs 11:23-30, NIV.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
26 People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
27 Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.
28 Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.
The book of Proverbs provides us with wise direction about how-to live-in God’s Kingdom here on earth. The parts of the book of Proverbs I relish are the parts that simply provide us the truths of life and the truths about how-to live-in relationship with our brothers and sisters. All too often when I set goals, I find that I have tried to reach a goal that when viewed alone is very shallow. So, now I step back and ask the important question of why would God want me to achieve this goal? Would it help me help others? Would it give me wisdom that would lead to a common good? The answer generally lies somewhere deeper than I originally thought.
I think you could sum these verses from Proverbs up by remembering the” Golden Rule” (Matthew 7:12 - “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”). In these days of the global pandemic the verses in Proverbs are especially meaningful. Now is the time to ask your neighbor how they are doing. Or remembering to make a special donation to the food pantry. I also just realized that this is a “global” pandemic and all our neighbors aren’t always just across the street.
Let us pray: Lord help us to see the plight of our neighbors. Help us also to reach out to those who suffer no matter where they live. Amen
Rob Carrothers email@example.com
Prayer Concern – Those suffering during this global pandemic – near and far.