Proverbs Devotional 7.31.20

By July 31, 2020Daily Devotional

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 31

Reflect:

Proverbs 31:30-31

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

As one reads through Proverbs 31, it’s obvious that the husband finds his wife charming and beautiful, but those qualities may not last. But a woman who fears the Lord…now that’s a woman to be praised by her husband, for that is a beauty that will last forever! Why praise? Because he knows that true beauty is inward; it is the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (See 1 Peter 3:3–5). It’s the beauty of one who fears the Lord, a fear that is the basis of all true virtue and wisdom (See Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). (Applied Old Testament Commentary) Fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or designer clothes may be the things culture uses to determine one’s worth, but these are shallow and fleeting. The beauty found in these types of things is irrelevant when compared to the true beauty of one who has the love of Christ within her heart.

Proverbs 31 speaks of the beauty of a godly woman who walks in the fear of the Lord, but the principle applies to everyone—the husband, the single person, the child. All find a lasting beauty that comes from a gentle and peaceful spirit that fills the person who fears the Lord. It’s a beauty that permeates every aspect of their being.

Proverbs, the book of wisdom, ends like it began, with a focus on “the fear of the Lord.” The fear of the Lord—what a beautiful thing.

Respond:

Take time today to praise the Lord for all that He has done for you.

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 16:13

Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.

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