Proverbs Devo 1.7.20

By January 7, 2020January 11th, 2020Daily Devotional

**Special Note** Devotionals in 2020 will go out every day. You are encouraged to read the chapter from Proverbs that corresponds with the date. Today we are reading Proverbs chapter 7. There is a link for you to read the Proverbs chapter online or you can read the chapter in your Bible. The devotionals will not follow the Sunday sermons.

Proverbs Devo 1.7.20

I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence:

Be still for a moment. “Lord, I give the day that is now past to you.  It is yours.  I give the day that is to come to you; help me to see where you are working and to join you there.  Speak to me during these moments.  I commit them and myself to you.”

 II. Prayer of Confession:

“Lord, you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you.  I confess my sin(s) of ______________.  Thank you for forgiveness.” (1 John 1:9)

III. Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done.
“Thank you, Father, for _________________.  Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day.”

IV. Scripture Reflection

Read: Proverbs Chapter 7

Reflection:

Proverbs 7:1-2
My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

The father tells the son, “keep, store, and guard my commands and teachings. His words to his son are becoming a familiar warning. It isn’t some cavalier statement one might say to a friend leaving for the night, “Okay, love ya! Be careful driving home.” No. The father’s words are intentional—He knows the harm that can be done if his son doesn’t heed his instruction. The father is commanding his son to obey his commands and his teachings—which are ultimately the Lord’s commands. He knows if his son is to be successful in living in line with God’s standards, then he’s going to have to be like a watchman guarding a city. The son will have to be on point. The stakes are that high! These commands are to be treasured like precious jewels, for the father’s instructions lead to life.

How precious? That expression, “the apple of your eye,” literally means “the little man” in the eye. It’s the reflection one sees in another person’s eye. You don’t readily see this reflection; you have to intentionally look closely into the eye if you’re going to view it. We have to seek after it if we’re to see it. That’s how precious it is.

The eye is also sensitive. When something moves towards our eyes, we instinctively react by quickly turning our head and squeezing our eyelids closed. Even our cheek and eyebrow move in towards each other in an attempt to protect the eye. We instinctively know the value of our sight. This imagery of protecting the eye is meant to show us how much care we should take in guarding God’s Word in our own lives. We should be as sensitive to safeguarding God’s Word, as we would be for protecting the pupil of our eye.

Respond:

How are you doing at guarding God’s instruction? What can you do today to guard God’s Word, “like the apple of your eye?”

V. Prayer for others:

Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others. 

VI. Prayer of commitment:

Lord God, I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself.  Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.”  (Luke 10:27)

This Week’s Scripture Memory:

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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