Prayer for Friday January 22, In the year of our LORD 2021

“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”  Proverbs 22:3
“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.”  Mark 16:19

Lord GOD of heaven and earth; Creator of all that is; to You we give our life, our all. All things that are are Yours. We are Yours; bought by the blood of Jesus Christ Your holy, only begotten Son as He died on the cross on that dark day in His life; He was buried and He rose from that grave, and forever lives in glory, and in the lives of all who have called on His name.

Father, we ask for wisdom to see trouble and evil when it is approaching and trust You through it all; and to know when to hide from it or face it head on by Your Spirit and Your word. We ask that we will not be blind to evil coming, but avoid doing it and glorifying Your holy and righteous name. May we never call evil what You have declared good; and may we never call good what You have declared evil.

Fill us with Your Spirit Lord that we, Your people, may walk with You and be empowered to be a powerful witnesses of Your mercy, Your love, Your grace; and Your holy, righteous and just Character. You are also Immutable, All-Knowing, All-Powerful, and All-Present; and because of that You are worthy of worship, praise, and adoration and of our faithfulness to You.

Guide us through this day, O You Great Jehovah, and lead us to a soul that is nearest Hell; and by the power of Your Spirit, draw that soul to the saving Lord Jesus. Save to the uttermost those who are perishing. Amen.

Integrity, Discretion and Fear

An individual with integrity will be of the same moral character in the presence of others as they are when they are alone.

Just a few verses from Proverbs 19 today, with a short review of the whole chapter…

“The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.” Proverbs 19:23-25 (KJV)

Verses 1 – 10 —   Integrity is defined in the Mirriam/Webster Dictionary as… “SOUNDNESS: adherence to a code of values: utter sincerity, honesty and candor: COMPLETENESS.”

This is once again a comparison between the poor man who has a completeness about him; being content with his life; family, friends, and God. The wealthy can far too often not be content with their wealth, wanting more, feeling they have a lack.
As we look at verses 2 – 10 we can see the comparison even further. Many who are wealthy depend on their wealth for friendships (vv. 4-6), getting good judgments from whomever it may count and luxury is not seemly for those who are without wisdom of God. The wealthy are far too often servants to their wealth.

Verses 11 – 22 —   Discretion is defined as… “The quality of being discreet: PRUDENCE: Individual choice or judgment: power of free decision or latitude of choice.” Mirriam/Webster Dictionary. The one who is discreet or having discretion will prolong anger at the “transgressions” of others. Discretion is having good sense.
“A person with good sense is level-headed and can defuse conflict (15:18).” Faithlife Study Bible Online. The person with good sense will not be out to upset the king (v. 12), cause his/her parents grief and/or shame(v. 13), and will seek to find the right person to start a home (vv. 13-14).

The person with good sense will be a hard worker, keep the commandments of the LORD, show kindness to the poor, and be honest in his dealings (vv. 15-22).

Verses 23 – 29 —   The fear of the LORD… We have dealt with this topic before (1:29; 2:5; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 14:26, 27; 15:16, 33; 16:6) and it is mentioned more as we journey to the end of Proverbs in 23rd verse; in 22:4 and 23:17.

The fear of the LORD is not a dreadful thing. It is knowing that He is holding on to you; knowing He will not let go, even though we might. Even though we might let go, because He does not He will pursue us until we are back in right relationship with Him.

Anyone having the fear of the LORD will be a hard worker (v. 24), be growing in knowledge and wisdom (v. 25), honor their father and mother (v. 26), be a godly witness, and trusts good judgment(vv. 27-29).