OceanSide church of Christ
Read devotionals for March 2018
April 1, 2018
Proverbs 28:26 – He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Thought: Man has been endowed with a mind. He is able to think and reason. His thoughts, however, can be based upon one of two sources of knowledge. One source of knowledge is from within man’s own imaginations. The other source of knowledge is from God. The man who trusts in his own wisdom is a fool. Those who rely upon the knowledge of God walk wisely. Only one will be delivered from transgressions and wrath to come. It is the one who allows the wisdom of God to direct him.
II Timothy 3:15
April 2, 2018
Proverbs 28:27 – He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
Thought: It is not always easy to let go of our hard earned income to help another. Over the course of time, we grow cynical about helping others. In our minds, we believe that they ought to be able to help themselves just as we have supported ourselves. But, there is a class that is poor. They do not possess the knowledge or skills to help themselves. These individuals need our assistance. The Bible promises that if we give to the poor we shall not lack. It is when we close our eyes to their needs that troubles come to our lives. We might even find ourselves numbered with the poor.
April 3, 2018
Proverbs 28:28 – When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
Thought: The wicked rule completely for self. They love power, privilege, and riches. Anyone who threatens their existence is removed by any means necessary. The opposition knows this. Thus, they must go into hiding. It is only when the wicked cease to exist that the righteous can truly increase. They can come out of hiding and become fruitful. Pray for the wicked to be removed from high places. Only righteousness blesses a nation.
I Kings 18:3-4
April 4, 2018
Proverbs 29:1 – He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Thought: It is never enjoyable to be rebuked by another. Immediately our defenses go up. We deny. We rationalize our actions. We justify our position. We blame. We fight back with all the fervor we can muster. When rebuke, however, is needed, these are not positive responses. They only cause us to harden our hearts to something that can help us. If we fail to give heed, we will continue to behave poorly. We will continue to hold false positions. There will no stopping our destruction. The first question we need to ask is: “Is this rebuke true?”
April 5, 2018
Proverbs 29:2 – When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn.
Thought: This is the opposite thought of the one found in Proverbs 28:28. It is a good thing when the righteous are in authority. They honor God. They are honest in their policies and in their dealings with others. They do not play favoritism. Thus, the people rejoice. It is an opposite reaction when the wicked are in power. The people mourn. What is sad today is that some people have difficulty determining who the righteous are and who the evil are. Because of this, we often rejoice when the wicked are in power and mourn when the righteous are in authority.
April 6, 2018
Proverbs 29:3 – Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father; but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
Thought: Children need to be taught well about how their actions impact their parents. When a child manifests a love for the wisdom of God, the heart of the child’s father is filled with joy. He knows that his child will live a good life. He always knows that the soul of his child is well protected. Children also need to be taught that certain behaviors can be devastating. Keeping company with harlots is one of these behaviors. It wastes substance, character, time, and one’s spiritual well-being.
April 7, 2018
Proverbs 29:4 – The king by judgment stablisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
Thought: Those who are in positions of power have a grave responsibility to practice fair and equitable judgment. They are to be honest and impartial with every individual. When they do this, the institution under their control is well established. Some leaders do not have this ability. They are influenced by gifts and money. Institutions with this type of leaders are weak and can be easily overthrown by others. What kind of a leader do you want?
April 8, 2018
Proverbs 29:5 – A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.
Thought: This verse vividly warns about flattery. Flattery is excessive praise given to another person. Flattery spreads a net under the feet of the person to whom it is given. Sometimes the flatterer is seeking something from the one he flatters. At other times, the flattery itself is the net. The one flattered begins to believe all of the hype about himself. His pride ultimately brings his destruction. Beware of flattery. Ask yourself two question: 1) Why is it given? 2) Is it true?
April 9, 2018
Proverbs 29:6 – In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth rejoice and sing.
Thought: Violating the will of God serves selfish, carnal desires. Man often thinks that there is no harm in his practice of sin. Such, however, is not the case. There are snares found in all iniquity. Often, these snares are hidden. They take a person by surprise. They clamp the person like a bear trap. The righteous do not have to worry about the snares of sin. The life they live only brings joy and happiness to them. They are able to rejoice and sing every day.
April 10, 2018
Proverbs 29:7 – The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
Thought: The righteous understand that there are some individuals who are poor and in need of assistance. They do not shut their ears to their cries. They seek opportunities to assist those who are struggling in this life. The wicked, on the other hand, have no regard for the poor. They may have the resources to help, but they are not going to give them up. They remove themselves from the plight of such people. Their motto is: “Ignorance is bliss.”
April 11, 2018
Proverbs 29:8 – Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
Thought: There are some men who are determined to have trouble. If they are in positions of leadership, they can cause trouble for those under them. Their attitudes and actions provoke others, especially their enemies. Conflict is inevitable. Wise men, however, are not bent on war. They seek ways to come to agreement so conflict does not come. They understand the devastation of warfare, especially the toll it takes on human life.
April 12, 2018
Proverbs 29:9 – If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
Thought: A wise man is very logical. He is convinced by the power of the facts presented to him. A fool does not operate this way. When a wise men contends with a fool, there is no end to the dispute. There is no conclusion that is reached. The wise man may try many methods of convincing the fool, raging or laughing, but there is no rest. Most of the time, it is better to never try to answer a fool.
April 13, 2018
Proverbs 29:10 – The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
Thought: The upright are those who lives are innocent and guiltless. Even though they have done nothing amiss, the bloodthirsty hate them. They ardently seek the life of the upright. Fortunately, there is another group of individuals on the earth. These are the just. They are just as diligent in their efforts to protect the upright. The upright need to pray that the just will prosper in the land.
April 14, 2018
Proverbs 29:11 – A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
Thought: It is easy to identify both a fool and a wise man. A fool does not know how to control his tongue. He believes that he must speak all that is on his mind. He does not care about the situation in which he finds himself. He does not care who is in his presence. He opens wide his mouth and speaks what is on his mind. The wise man, however, is cautious in his speech. He listens. He watches. He learns the facts. Only then does he speak. And, when he does speak, it is with few words. Based on this criterion, are you a fool or a wise man?
April 15, 2018
Proverbs 29:12 – If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
Thought: There are some rulers who do not want to hear the truth. The truth often confronts their wickedness or their ignorance. The servants of such leaders quickly learn that they cannot tell their leader the truth. Instead of the truth, they tell him lies. They will tell him the things that he wants to hear. The consequences of the truth are too dire. They come to believe that it is better to lie and live than to tell the truth and die.
I Kings 22:5-8
April 16, 2018
Proverbs 29:13 – The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes.
Thought: There are many distinctions that separate men from one another. Rich and poor. Righteous and evil. Man and female. Black and white. Old and young. But, there are also many things that make us very similar to each other. God’s relationship to us is one of those things. Regardless of who we are, God enlightens us in the same manner. He has revealed His wonderful Word to shed light into the darkness of our minds. He does not enlighten one individual in a way different from another. Here is one of the places that all men meet together.
April 17, 2018
Proverbs 29:14 – The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
Thought: A king sits in a lofty position of power. It is easy for him to abuse his power. It is easy for him to use his power against certain types of people. When the supreme ruler treats the lowest class of society with equity and fairness, his kingdom will be blessed. The king proves that he is a man of character. Every citizen knows that he will be treated in like manner by his king. What a blessing to a nation.
April 18, 2018
Proverbs 29:15 – The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Thought: Training children is a difficult task. It takes both time and effort. It involves doing things that are not always pleasant and comfortable. The negative side of parenting involves giving reproof and using the rod to correct a child’s behavior. These times can be very emotional and very draining. At points in a child’s life, they have to be done often. Some parents refuse both the rod and reproof. Those who do need to remember that “a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”
I Kings 1:6
April 19, 2018
Proverbs 29:16 – When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
Thought: The first part of this proverb states a truth that is easily seen. The more the number of the wicked, the more sin increases. There is more immorality, more dishonesty, more violence, more theft, more lying, and more death. In time, however, judgment comes upon the ungodly. Their actions often carry judgment within them. If not, God arises to cast the wicked down. Ultimately, the righteous see their fall. In such times, the righteous can seize power and make positive changes in the nation.
April 20, 2018
Proverbs 29:17 – Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
Thought: Correction of an erring child brings benefits to the child and to the parents. The child’s life is redirected toward that which is positive. His life is spared from heartache and possible death. To the parent, a good child brings both rest and delight. Those with wayward children know the unrest that comes from their child’s disobedience. They also understand the sadness of heart that comes when their child becomes a prodigal. It is truly a blessing when a child returns to the strait and narrow way.
April 21, 2018
Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Thought: The word “vision” refers to divine revelation from God. If man is not directed and governed by the God of heaven, the people will perish. Man left to his own devices does not fare very well. On the other hand, those who have the law of God and keep it live happy lives. They are living by a standard that was designed with man’s best in mind. Fortunately, God has revealed His will. Now it is up to mankind to follow it. Dear reader, are you living in harmony with God’s law?
April 22, 2018
Proverbs 29:19 – A servant will not be corrected with words: for though he understand he will not answer.
Thought: When dealing with others, it is hoped that correction can be made with words. This causes a major conflict from happening. But, some people refuse to be corrected with words. Oh yes, they hear and understand, but there is no movement in the right direction. In such cases, more severe discipline is needed. If this does not a work, the person may have to be removed from his position. Sadly, some make the simple very complicated.
April 23, 2018
Proverbs 29:20 – Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
Thought: One of the most difficult things to control is the tongue. For some reason it wants to engage long before the mind does. Far too often, we are hasty in our words. We say things that are not true. We say things that we do not really intend. We say things to wound. We say things that are full of deadly poison. If we do not learn how to control our words, there is no hope. In fact, a fool has more hope than we do.
April 24, 2018
Proverbs 29:21 – He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at length.
Thought: For positions within a home to remain distinguishable from one another, clear lines of demarcation must be drawn. If they are not, the lines fade. When this happens, individuals assume positions that are not theirs. If a man pampers his servant from the time he is a child, he will grow up thinking that he is the son and not a slave. This may present no problem in those early years. But, when the child becomes a man, it could cause many problems. Keep the lines clear!
I Kings 1:5-6
April 25, 2018
Proverbs 29:22 - An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
Thought: The emotion of anger is extremely dangerous if left unchecked. It entices men to stir up strife. It often results in one’s transgression of the Word of God. Uncontrolled anger leads to evil words and ungodly actions. Most people want to think that they have no control over their anger. This is not true. Anger can be disciplined. The key is to recognize it when it begins to rise within us. Know the signs. If you do, you can deal with it before it is “out of control.”
April 26, 2018
Proverbs 29:23 – A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Thought: Man has a tendency to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. He wants to believe that he is beautiful, intelligent, powerful, and one to be honored by others. Those who lift themselves up have a long way to fall. And, fall, they will. It is the humble that will be honored. These are they who have no need to be elevated. They use their wisdom, strength, and talent in positive ways. If honor comes, it comes from others who recognize their positive traits. My friends, altitude depends on attitude.
II Chronicles 32:25-26