Proverbs 4-6

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14 NIV)

Not every one of us had a father that we could depend on to have compassion on us growing up, but now we do! He is our “Abba” Father, our Lord, and He has compassion on those of us who fear Him. We already learned that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and it is a necessary ingredient to our relationship with God, our Father.

In Proverbs, God speaks to us as His children, whom He loves, and whom He is compassionately teaching. He is the perfect parent. He loves us so much that when we strayed from Him; He was determined to bring us back home. He never gave up on us. He demonstrated His awesome love for us, his perfect love, at Calvary. He spared no expense. He poured His heart out calling us home, then He patiently waited for us to answer while we went our own way hurting him, hurting ourselves and those around us. But He knows us, He knows that we are dust. He waited until we came home (although He never stopped working the whole time we were away). He sent out messenger after messenger to plead with us and to call us home. Finally we listened. Now what do we do? He calls us to change for “…the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and his righteousness with their children’s children-with those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts.” (Psalm 103:17-18)

As His children we must listen to His instruction, and heed the warnings He gives us. Read the Proverbs He’s given us and recognize them as a lamp to your feet. Like any child, there are going to be things we don’t understand at first, but we still need to trust and obey, and in time we will understand. As Proverbs 4:18 says, “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the first light of day.”

Only in obeying our Father’s instruction will we find life! J


MEMORY VERSE:   Proverbs 4:18 ___________________________________________________________________

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MONDAY: Read Proverbs 4. Verse 7 says, “Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” The Lord commands us to get wisdom. This is a verb, an action word. Find 5 more action words in these verses and write them down here. Write the subject that we are to pursue or get as well.

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TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 5According to the book of Hosea, all the sin we commit is adultery against the Lord. In this chapter sin is personified as the adulteress that seeks to lead us away from our husband; our Lord. What does she try to use to lead us away? Read v. 22 and v. 23 again. Who is the one who really leads you astray? Find a verse in the book of James that is similar to these verses and write it here..

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WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 6:1-15. Verses 1-5 speak of the trap we set for ourselves and fall into at times. The trap we are ensnared by is our own words. What solution is offered in verse 3? Verses 6-11 speak about what we do and not what we say. List the qualities of the ant and sluggard below.

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 6: 16-19. Write down the 7 things that are detestable to the Lord. Pray that you would hate the things that God hates and love the things he loves. Make his passions your passions. Pray and he will answer!

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FRIDAY: Read Proverbs 6:20-35. What do the commands of the Lord do for you if you keep them? Write three of them below. What is the outcome for those who commit adultery? How do these verses describe the adulterer? Pray for yourself and those you love to be those who follow the Lord.

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*Family Devotional Ideas:

  • Read Proverbs 4:18 together with your family. Discuss the meaning of this passage and then go through magazines and find some pictures of sunrises. Make a place mat or a poster for each member of the family with the scripture written on it. Take them to an office store and laminate them so you can use them as place mats when you break bread.
  • Wake up early one day this week and take the family outside to watch a sunrise together (or one at a time).

 

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