Stretching Us: Waiting on God

The last little phrase of Psalm 25:21 reveals one of the most important elements of the Christian life. David prays in the verse: “Let integrity and uprightenss preserve me, for I wait on You.”  “I WAIT on You” is only one word in Hebrew, but it is a picturesque one, which teaches us something important about some of our trials:  Continue reading

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Sins of Omission

How does God want you to treat people? Two verses in Proverbs 3 challenge us regarding our relationships with those around us:

:27 “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”

:29 “Do not devise harm against your neighbor, while he lives securely beside you.”

People may tend to focus on one of these more than the other: Continue reading

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The Basic Christian Message 

David’s prayer in Psalm 25:16 is a little gospel in miniature: “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.” At least two elements in this verse are significant: what he realizes about himself, and what he asks God to do for him: Continue reading

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A Prayer For Young People (and others!)

Proverbs 2:11-13 contains a great Biblical prayer to pray for younger loved ones, like teenaged & college students, and younger adults: “Discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things; from those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness.” Of course, as with all scripture, the context of these verses is also important: Continue reading

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When It’s Too Late to Ask

People seem to think that they can respond to God whenever they feel like it, but scripture points to an opposite reality. Proverbs 1:28 says, “Then they will call on me and I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but they will not find me.” Continue reading

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Are You Really That Close to God?

Many people claim to be “a friend of God”, but the Bible indicates that number may be far fewer in actuality. Psalm 25:14 says, “The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He will make known to them His covenant.”

The word translated “secret” by the NASB here is the Hebrew word “sod”, which BDB tells us means “secret, scheme, intimacy.” So the ESV translation “friendship” may not be a bad one. But notice for WHOM this “intimacy” with God is reserved: Continue reading

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Don’t Take That Road!

After a brief introduction to the book, the wisdom of Proverbs begins in earnest in verse 10: “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” It is no coincidence that the first word of wisdom given after the introduction is to avoid temptations to sin. It is a word many of us today need to heed as well. Continue reading

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