From Handbook to Scripture, Day 164
READING: PROVERBS 9
The proverbs themselves do not begin until chapter 10, and in this last preparatory chapter, wisdom is personified as a virtuous woman who invites those who lack understanding to come to her well-provisioned table.
These pithy sayings of Solomon and others cover a wide variety of issues, though for the most part, they are not arranged in any topical manner. The Hebrew word mashal “proverb” means a comparison or a similitude, and the proverbs use figures of speech to make comparisons and penetrating insights. The proverbs, based on careful observations of accumulated experience, were designed to be easily committed to memory, and they are simple illustrations that expose fundamental realities about life.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your gracious invitation to receive the abundance of life and blessings You offer. I affirm that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Meditation passage: verse 10
From A Simple Book of Prayers
Taking Refuge in Him
I praise You, Lord, that You are intimately acquainted with my ways and that You always love me and have my best interests at heart.
Examine me, O Lord, and try me;
Purify my mind and my heart;
For Your lovingkindness is ever before me,
And I have walked in Your truth. (Psalm 26:2–3)
May I sow righteousness,
Reap the fruit of unfailing love,
And break up my fallow ground;
For it is time to seek the Lord. (Hosea 10:12)
Take a moment to offer this day to the Lord, and ask Him for the grace to grow in your knowledge and love for Him.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. (Psalm 118:8)
Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from speaking guile. . . . They must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer. (1 Peter 3:10–12)
Lord, I thank You for the unlimited love and forgiveness that Jesus offers through the cross. I thank You for making me acceptable in Your sight by Christ’s sacrifice on my behalf. May I seek refuge in You and hope for Your salvation.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Works of God—Redemption
Lord, You have said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)
The gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)
Jesus took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26–28)
Jesus fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom of God, and said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news.” (Mark 1:14–15)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Self Correctly
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1–4)