He whose walk is upright fears the Lord, but he whose ways are devious despises him. (Proverbs 14:2)
Read Proverbs 14 today!
There are so many great lessons in Proverbs 14. Many of these verses really challenge me to walk more uprightly before my King. Here are some of the verses that stand out to me in this chapter.
“Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.” (7)
It is so important to keep company with the wise if I want to grow wise. Whether I like it or not, I am definitely influenced by those I choose to spend time with. Because of that, I want to spend time with people who help me grow in Christ. I want to spend time with people who have the wisdom of God on their lips and whose lives show that they have spent time with Jesus.
“A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.” (15)
I want to be someone who gives thought to my steps. I don’t want to blindly go wherever others lead, just because. I want to be someone who searches the heart of God for my steps. Even if it takes more time to make the next step, I want to make it knowing that I have given God time to direct it!
“He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.” (21)
I pray that God will give me a greater sense of compassion for those around me. May my heart swell with God’s mercy and grace. May I be a grace extender and a mercy giver. May the love of God be evident in my life!
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (23)
Walking uprightly means working hard and giving God my best. I need to be careful that I don’t just talk a good game. Talk without action will get me nowhere fast. I want to be someone who works hard and does my best to please the Lord!
“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” (26)
The greatest thing I can give my son is a reverence for the Lord and His work. Security and refuge are found in God alone. I do well by God and my son, if I’m able to help my son understand that only God is a safe refuge.
Dear Father God, I’m reminded how important it is to walk uprightly before You. May my days be used to bring You honor! Lord, please help me to walk uprightly in how I speak, how I walk, how I give, how I work, and how I teach my son. May everything I do be for You alone!
Living for my King,