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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Wisdom For Whoever You Are

We know who wrote the Book of Proverbs; verse 1 says they are the “proverbs of Solomon the son of David, King of Israel.” But who are they written FOR? Verses 4 & 5 give us the answer: Continue reading

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A Surprising Key To Your Restoration?

Job 42:10 contains an interesting detail regarding Job’s restoration by God after his trial. It says: “YHWH restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends.” Those last words may hold an important key to our own restoration and blessing. Continue reading

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Finishing His Work In You

Scripture records two responses of Job to God’s appearance to him in the whirlwind. After God first spoke, Job answers in 40:3-5. But God was not finished. He continued to ask Job questions and reveal His glory through His creation, until Job gave a second, more thorough answer in 42:1-6. This sequence gives us some insight into God’s dealings with us as well. Continue reading

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