Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week August 8-13, 2016

Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week
August 8-13, 2016

Monday, August 8, Proverbs 13
v. 4 – A sluggard is a person who is lazy and doesn’t want to work. The Lord normally provides for us by natural means-giving us the ability to work and “earn a living.”
v. 10 – Take a few minutes and think about why this proverb is true.
v. 24 — There are many passages in Proverbs where Solomon encourages discipline. Disciplining children is not easy. However, it is essential for their spiritual welfare and future happiness. When parents use love, Christ-centered love, in disciplining, build their children’s lives on God’s Word, and turn to the Lord daily in prayer for guidance, their children will grow up happy, obedient and respectful children and will be faithful to the Lord. Read Eph. 6:4; Prov. 22:6.

Tuesday, August 9, Proverbs 14
v. 30 – Deep inner stress that has its roots in guilt can affect a person’s physical life adversely, as Solomon wrote, “Envy rots the bones.” Only the Gospel can give us rich inner peace. It affects us emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually, always in a positive way. The best it gives us is eternal life.
v. 34 – Say a special prayer today for our country.

Wednesday, August 10, Proverbs 15
v. 1 – Underline.
vv. 13, 30 – How do we get a happy heart? Some answers Solomon gives us in this chapter are by sharing and receiving love (v. 17), pursuing righteousness (v. 9), answering people in a gentle way (v. 1), accepting discipline (v. 32), and building on the good news of John 3:16 (v. 30).
v. 17 – The home that has little, but is filled with love is far better off than a home that has much but is filled with hatred and dissension.
v. 30 – Excellent advice when visiting the sick at home or in the hospital.

Thursday, August 11, Proverbs 16
v. 9 – How often doesn’t the Lord intercept and redirect our plans! He moves us to love how? Look up Gal. 5:22, 23.
vv. 24, 28 – Speaking well of our neighbor and to our neighbor makes our life like a honey-comb, sweet, not bitter. What will destroy that is being a gossip and a slanderer. Behind that is sinful pride (v. 18). In order for us to speak pleasantly and kindly, we need to build our lives on Jesus’ perfect love. He is the heart and core of love, truth, kindness, forgiveness and everlasting life. Read I Cor. 13: 4-7,13.

Friday, August 12, Proverbs 17
v. 3 – Why do heart patients walk the treadmill? To test their hearts. Why do God’s people face suffering? To test their hearts and make them stronger! We have God’s promise that He will make all things work out for our good. In His time and way He does this. (Rom. 8:28)
v. 9 – These words of wisdom remind us of Peter’s words, “Love covers a multitude of sin.” (I Peter 4:8)
v. 12 – Why is a fool in his folly more dangerous than a bear robbed of her cubs? If I join the fool in his folly and this causes me to sin repeatedly and I lose my faith, the end isn’t just temporal death, but eternal damnation.

Saturday, August 13, Proverbs 18
v. 10 – How unfortunate for people who do not know Jesus! When tragedy strikes, their hope evaporates. Even more unfortunate is that at times God’s own people don’t remember that God is a strong tower where they can find safety and security. Ask the Lord for strength to rely and rest on Him in times of trouble. (Ps. 50:15)
v. 21 – The gift of speech is something to be treasured. How horrible to use an excellent gift of God to hurt others! Why not use it to say what will truly help others? (Ephesians 4:29)
v. 22 – Underline. An excellent verse that speaks out against couples who live together and don’t want to get married. God wants us to have a wife, not a live-in. Read also chap. 31:10-29.
v. 24 -.Another encouragement from God’s Word to choose your friends carefully. (Review also chap. 12:26 and I Cor. 15:33)

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