Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 31:6

Proverbs 31:6 "Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to him whose life is bitter" What is interesting about this proverb is that it seems to be a thought-pun – a bitter irony on the truth that he has stated just a few verses before. He has been talking to leaders, and he says that they should not resort to drunkenness and adultery in their positions of influence and power because they will forget what God has said and the needs and rights of the oppressed and afflicted. Then this proverb says that it is the one who is under the oppression, affliction, and injustice that the drunken leader did not take care of that needs the drink. When the leader does not do his job to protect

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 30:6

Proverbs 30:6 "Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar" This proverb on not adding to God's words follows a section on God's revelation about Himself. There is regularly speculation about God. This speculation often goes to bizarre lengths in trying to understand God. It is better to realize that God is past figuring out and that anything that we compare Him to He is utterly unlike. As Isaiah says many years later: To whom will you liken God and to what will you compare Him, has it not been revealed. The only reliable guide to discussions of who God is, is God's self-revelation in the Bible. Do not go beyond God's self-description in the Bible, speculati

Secrets of the Lord's Prayer: The First Step in True Intimacy with the Father

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,...” In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus sets an example for His followers about how to have an intimate and non-formalized relationship with God, just as He has with God the Father and God the Spirit. One of the things the disciples observed about the relationship between God the Father and God the Son was that it was intimate and close. It was not formal and distant, as was typical in how the Israelites understood and addressed God the Father. Notice how the Psalmist addressed God in Psalm 104:1-4. "Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, Covering Yourself with light as with

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 29:6

Proverbs 29:6 "By transgression an evil man is ensnared, but the righteous sings and rejoices" Trapping evil people is easy; offer them something sinful. One doesn't trap righteous people by offering them sinful opportunities. Just remember that if you are being tempted to do something that is clearly not right, it is a trap and it will spring on you. You will be free of all the downstream consequences if you turn away before it gets you. Until tomorrow, Gil Stieglitz #DrGilStieglitz #Proverbs #wisdom #christianliving #temptation

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 28:6

Proverbs 28:6 "Better is the poor man who walks in his integrity than he who is crooked though he be rich" This is one of the crucial value proverbs that needs to be implanted in the psyche of righteous people. Solomon wants people to realize that you will be given options in this world that look like the right thing to do in that you gain wealth by doing it. But the cost will be your integrity. You must be prepared for these types of choices and keep your integrity. The three consistent strong temptations – money, sex, and power – are not worth it when stacked against what one loses if they are pursued unrighteously. The word integrity means simplicity and upright. Instead of becoming a dup

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 27:6

Proverbs 27:6 "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy" When a true friend does have to point out an area of weakness or moral inadequacy, this is truly helpful. A friend really has your best interest at heart and is not doing this correcting for personal advancement or selfish reasons. A friend who has supported you and is positive toward you over a long period of time can, at times, say a hard thing as long as it is clear that the hard thing is truly designed to make your life better. It cannot be just a chance to make their life easier. We would do well to realize who our real friends are and give them the right to make these kinds of wounds. Every tr

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 26:6

Proverbs 26:6 "He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence who sends a message by the hand of a fool" This proverb does not carry the power in English as it does in Hebrew. One could call this proverb the dangers of delegation. This proverb is about delegating – to a fool – an assignment whether this is in the home, in business, in government, or any of the matters you get involved in. One must be careful to delegate to those who are not fools at heart. The word message does not convey in our language the whole of the idea in this proverb. It would be better to see it as assignment. The owner or authority or leader wants a particular thing done. It is crucial that one not give that assignme

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 25:6

Proverbs 25:6 "Do not claim honor in the presence of the king and do not stand in the place of great men" It is the height of arrogance to boast of your gifts and abilities in the presence of your leader. This does not endear you to the people above you to constantly be claiming significance and stature in front of them. Most who do this are really trying to get noticed or see themselves as better than their bosses. It is unfortunate in our culture that this practice of boasting about yourself is accepted and considered the norm – especially in the hiring process. It is the wise man or woman who realizes that even if you have to trumpet your strengths and abilities to get the job, those arou

The Danger of Comparison

We do it everyday. Consciously or unconsciously, we size one another up. We measure others by their looks, the type of car they drive, where they live, and by the type of job they have. We use comparison like a measuring stick, assessing our own worthiness based on how many friends we have on Facebook and how many likes we have for our posts on Twitter and Instagram. But the sin of comparison is robbing us of our joy and contentment. The problem with comparisons is that they lead us to make judgments - toward ourselves and toward others. And comparison also causes us to show partiality toward others or ourselves. As human beings, we often use conscious or unconscious measuring sticks to try

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 24:6

Proverbs 24:6 "For by wise guidance you will wage war, in abundance of counselors there is victory" The older that I get, the more I notice that people who consistently make good decisions are those who get as much advice as they can. They try and get advice from reliable sources and then evaluate its ability to deal with all the factors. Many people want to make a certain decision and so begin to lean in the direction of their feelings before they really check out all the directions. If you follow your feelings, then you will often be wrong. Realize that making a major advance in life is like waging war against your desires and convenient lifestyle. It will take some advanced planning befo

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 23:6

Proverbs 23:6 "Do not eat the bread of a selfish man or desire his delicacies" This is an unfortunate translation of this proverb. It makes it sound like you are to avoid the foolish person for it is the foolish person who is selfish, but the word selfish is really the Hebrew word ra which is the word for evil or wicked. God is trying to tell us who to avoid and have no fellowship with. It is the person who has moved outside of God's moral boundary structure and is content to live outside of God's Ten Commandments. They practice false religion or magic; they swear constantly; they do not worship God with any of their time; they do not honor authorities; they murder; they commit adultery; the

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 22:6

Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it" There are two ideas that should be explored in this verse: One, that each child has a way that suits them. According to their way is how the original reads. Each child in your family has a pathway that is unique to them. They have been given certain gifts, talents, and abilities that direct them for God's glory in a specific direction. It is that direction that the parents must be sensitive to. God is counting on the parents to watch for the signs of an aptitude and gifting in a particular area. It is not okay to just send them down the path that you went down. What is their path? Two, th

Secrets of the Lord's Prayer: Praying for Real Relationship with God

In the religious world of the time of Jesus, everyone realized that a relationship with God was practiced through particular, often formalized, spiritual disciplines and/or exercises. Jesus wants His followers to have an intimate and non-formalized relationship with God, just as He has with God the Father and God the Spirit. He tells His followers on repeated occasions to practice different spiritual exercises in their conversation with God, which was different than what was expected at that time. I am including the three major instructions on prayer that we have recorded by Jesus. In today's devotion, spend time reading these sections over and let Jesus guide you to a completely different t

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 21:6

Proverbs 21:6 "The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death" This proverb reminds us that how one achieves financial security is more important than that one achieves financial security. In our day and age, many people have as their number one goal in life to have lots of money. This should not be anyone's number one goal as it will destroy you in the pursuit. This proverb focuses on how you get along in the world; how you pursue financial security. Solomon uses the phrase "the acquisition of treasure" as a way of saying how you accumulate the funds to build a life. Treasures were anything beyond what you needed to live every day. By this definitio

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 20:6

Proverbs 20:6 "Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man?" This proverb presses a truth home that we often don't want to believe. What a person does is more important than what a person says. proclaims This is the Hebrew word qara which is to call or to call out. It carries primarily the idea that one has a message to deliver. A part of this word is the fact that it is not quiet but a proclamation. It is to more than just a few – either saying it to lots of people individually or in a group. loyalty This is the Hebrew word hesed which has for centuries been translated love or lovingkindness, unfailing love but has lately been translated loyalty because of an em

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 19:6

Proverbs 19:6 "Many will seek the favor of a generous man, and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts" This is an extension of the idea in verse 4 that friendship is built upon mutual benefit. What is the benefit that people gain from being your friend? Are you finding ways to be generous to people you meet? Do people feel that they gain more than they give in being your friend? What gifts or benefits can you offer to other people? Have some of your friendships become stale because you no longer are generous or beneficial to be friends with? The word translated generous is the Hebrew word nadiyb which means noble, liberal, princely, or wiling, generous, inclined. The idea of the word i

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 18:6

Proverbs 18:6 "A fool's lips brings strife, and his mouth calls for blows" In this proverb, Solomon exposes the things we don't think about. Many times people just do what they want to or what feels right to them at the time. We don't often realize all that comes with doing what we want to do or saying what we feel like saying. The word fool is the Hebrew word kesil which means the person who consistently makes wrong choices. This is the opposite of the wise person. The fool makes the selfish and or easy choice. When the selfish person talks, they talk about what they want with little or no regard to how it will sound to others. This behavior often blows up in the face of the foolish person.

Whose Light Are You Following?

Recently, I was listening to a podcast by Ravi Zacharias, a great apologist and author, whom I respect very much. In his podcast titled Jesus Among Other Gods Part 2, he posed some very good questions: “When you are looking for life, how do you decide on life’s perfection? How do you know what life is meant to be like?” In this world, we all have unique challenges and situations to overcome. There are many people facing extremely difficult issues but continue to wander around in the dark wondering what they should do! “My marriage stinks. What am I supposed to do about it?” “Why won’t my husband do what I need him to do?” “How come my wife is so irritating?” “I don’t understand how to get my

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 17:6

Proverbs 17:6 "Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers" The word grandchildren is the word ben which could mean son or grandchildren or any descendant. In this case, the translators of the NASB have used the term grandchildren because of the term old men in the proverb. The idea is not necessarily that it is the children of your children that cause you to have a crown but your children and your children's children. Remember, it was not very common that one would live long enough to see their grandchildren. Realize that Proverbs is always trying to get people to see value and to not be fooled by the way that the world wants you to live. With that in mind

Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 16:6

Proverbs 16:6 "By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil" What should you do when you sin? How do you get people to really forgive you? How can you get people to really forget what you did? This proverb gives insight into the two things that are required if others are really going to forgive you. You must be truthful about what you did and consistently loving towards those you offended. Too many people want to put their offense behind them without ever really admitting that they did it. Whether you have offended God or others, there is a level of confession that is needed to get the slate started anew. The word truth in the Hebre

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