KG June 26 – July 2

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June 26, Sunday

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True and Valuable — This chapter is filled with contrasts between the righteous and the wicked, but it also teaches several things about God.  First, we encounter the all-seeing “eyes of the LORD” that “keep watch on the evil and the good” (v. 3).  Nothing escapes His eye, which is reinforced in verse 11, where the hearts of all people “lie open before the LORD.”  We cannot hide our thoughts, words, and actions from God.  This exposure to God continues to be discussed in verses 8-9, where two things are said to be “an abomination to the LORD”: the “sacrifice of the wicked” and “the way of the wicked.”  Wicked people who offer sacrifices are performing acts of worship with evil hearts.  That might be similar to someone today who is thinking thoughts of lust for a person on the church worship team while singing praises to God.  The Lord knows our hearts and we cannot fool Him by doing things that look righteous, while our hearts are dwelling on evil things.  There are also two “fear of the LORD” statements in this chapter.  Both are connected with our status in life.  The first one is financial: “Better is little…” (v. 16).  One who fears Yahweh has a right perspective on the true value of material things.  The second status is social: “…humility comes before honor” (v. 33).  One who fears Yahweh understands the value of humility in the sight of God.  Let’s choose the fear of the Lord!

We Choose the Fear of the Lord – YouTube

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June 27, Monday

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Plans and Steps — Our “plans” are mentioned three times in this passage, and God’s response or involvement is connected each time.  Sometimes, what we plan to say (“The plans of the heart”—v. 1) is not what comes out, but it is modified by “the answer … from the LORD.”  Balaam experienced that when Balak wanted him to curse Israel, but the angel of Yahweh said, “Go … but speak only the word that I tell you” (Num. 22:35).  God has His way of getting His Word across.  The second time our “plans” are mentioned in Prov. 16, is when we “Commit [our] work to the LORD … [our] plans will be established” (v. 3).  God responds favorably when we turn over to Him the results of what we plan to do.  Here, there is an intentional effort on our part; we recognize our limitations and ask God to do what we cannot do.  He honors that trust.  The last comment about our “plans” comes in verse 9: “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”  This is another example of divine completion of what we cannot do by ourselves.  We plan, but God shows us how to do it, step by step.

Stepping in the Light – YouTube

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June 28, Tuesday—————————–ACCOUNTABILITY TIME!

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Our Providing, Purposeful, Protecting God — There are three important responses by God to the actions of mankind in this passage.  The first is God’s response to our giving: “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed” (v. 17).  This might be the source of the statement, “You can’t outgive God.”  God repays generous givers.  Have you been holding back on your giving?  If so, you miss both the chance to help someone and the opportunity to let God prove His goodness to you.  Secondly, God responds to the plans of man, which we also read about yesterday.  Verse 21 says that even though people who love God make their own plans, God works behind the scenes to direct circumstances in order to bring about His own purposes.  We are part of a master plan, not only for our own lives, but for the kingdom of God and the whole course of human history.  Many times, we see God’s involvement only in hindsight.  God’s final response, in verse 23, really contains three benefits for us.  It is God’s response to our “fear of the LORD.”  It first “leads to life,” a life of quality—one that is lived in personal relationship with God.  The second benefit is that “whoever has it rests satisfied,” because God gives us peace (“…sleep in heavenly peace!”).  Finally, when we “fear the LORD,” we also need not fear man.  God is our watchful protector.

When Peace Like a River (It Is Well With My Soul) – YouTube

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June 29, Wednesday——————–ACCOUNTABILITY REMINDER!

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Hidden Ways — Evidence of the activity of God is often hidden from our eyes.  We are told to “wait for the LORD” (v. 22) when we would rather seek revenge.  Why isn’t God as quickly responsive as we might want Him to be in situations like that?  Maybe He wants to teach us patience or trust.  He adds this promise to us: “…he will deliver you.”  Just wait!  Who would know that “Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD” (v. 23) if He didn’t tell us?  He lets that dishonesty go on.  Maybe its purpose is just to give believers instruction in knowing what displeases Him so we will not participate in deception.  We have the feeling that we choose our own way in life, but discover here that “A man’s steps are from the LORD” (v. 24).  It is a hidden mystery; God is directing our way through life by giving us wisdom and stirring our hearts, so we will go in the good way He desires for us.  We are not His puppets, but He is involved in our steps far more than we realize.  Finally, we see the internal working of God as “the lamp of the LORD” (v. 27) in our “spirit … [or] innermost parts.”  He knows us inside and out.  Nothing of us is hidden from Him, but much of Him is hidden from us.

God Moves in a Mysterious Way – YouTube

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June 30, Thursday———————–ACCOUNTABILITY DEADLINE!

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Facing Monarchs, Minds, and Might — God’s sovereignty is shown in three different spheres at the beginning and end of Proverbs 21.  First, although a king is the highest human authority, God rules over him: He turns “the king’s heart … wherever he will” (v. 1).  Although God doesn’t control kings all the time, allowing them to make mistakes and lead their people into sin, He will sometimes use them to shape history or to benefit His people.  He is sovereign and can do anything He wants to do.  The second area dominated by God’s sovereignty is in competing against the minds of men, even the best minds that provide “wisdom … understanding … [and] counsel” (v. 30).  It is no match, and they cannot “avail against the LORD” (v. 30).  Some of the greatest minds in our universities are arguing against the existence of God, but that brilliance is a dull glow compared to the knowledge and wisdom of God.  Like Peter and John with the Jewish rulers in Acts 4:13, even the simple faith of uneducated people can outshine the scholarly.  How about armies?  They are the epitome of the might of man, yet God proved many times in Israel’s history that “the victory belongs to the LORD” (v. 31).  Remember that Gideon with his horn-blowing “army” of 300 conquered Midian’s army of thousands (Judges 7).

Lead On, O King Eternal – YouTube

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Meditation: In the middle of the passage considered for today stands a sobering verse that applies to all of us who desire to please the Lord: “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice” (v. 3).  To God, actions speak louder than words.  Somehow, many of us tend to place worship over works.  James provided the same correction for us: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27).  Those are all things we do—actions.  Do you want to please God today?  Then, do something!

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July 1, Friday

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Well Connected — Several aspects of God’s involvement with mankind are stated in this passage.  The first is that God is Creator: “the LORD is the maker of them all” (v. 2b).  There is a great difference between the rich and poor in our eyes, but this verse seems to indicate that God sees them as one: they “meet together” (v. 2a).  Here is the conclusion at the end of the story of creation: after He had created man, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31).  He is a “very good” Creator.  The second aspect of God’s connection with us is that He is the Rewarder: “The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life” (Prov. 22:4).  We read earlier that “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Ps. 84:11; cf. 34:10).  God pours out benefits to those who humbly fear Him.  Thirdly, we see that God is the Preserver of truth: “The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor” (Prov. 22:12).  This is why such high importance is placed on righteous judges—God wants truth to prevail in man’s dealings with others.  The final aspect of God’s involvement with us is that He is the Protector of the weak and afflicted: “…the LORD will plead their cause” (v. 23).  God is on our side.  He made us, rewards us, teaches us, and protects us.

Moment by Moment – YouTube

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July 2, Saturday

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Giving Thanks — This psalm begins and ends with, “Give thanks…” to God.  There are two reasons for giving thanks to God.  The first, and most obvious, is this: “… for his steadfast love endures forever,” being repeated at the end of each verse.  This suggests that the psalm was intended to be used in responsive reading, with a priest speaking the first half of each verse, and the congregation responding with the repeated phrase.  We have seen this “steadfast love” (Heb. chesed) many times already.  It describes God’s deep love that is kind and lasting.  Its lasting quality is emphasized by stating that it “endures forever.”  Why should we thank God repeatedly?  Because of His deep and lasting love.  The second reason for giving thanks to God in this psalm is because of who God is and what He has done.  It is not a single thing, however, but 26 of them, one for each verse.  The first three verses list things that describe who He is: “…he is good … the God of gods … the Lord of lords.”  He is the one and only God.  The next section (vv. 4-9) lists “great wonders” God did in creating the universe.  Those things are around us every day and should remind us to “give thanks” to our Creator.  Verses 10-16 describe things God did in delivering Israel from Egyptian slavery.  In a sense, that was when Israel was “born again,” being redeemed from bondage.  That event was etched in their history.  Our own experience of being born again, when the Spirit of God came to indwell us, should remind us frequently about why we ought to “give thanks” to our Savior.  The next section (vv. 17-22) details some of the events in bringing Israel into the land that God had promised to Abraham centuries before.  We, also, should be reminded to “give thanks” for the place where God has planted us—in our nation, our community, our workplace, our church, and our family.  The last section is a more general reminder of ways God “remembered … and rescued” His people, and that He “gives food to all flesh.”  No wonder that we should “Give thanks to the God of heaven”!

Now Thank We All Our God – YouTube

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4 thoughts on “KG June 26 – July 2

  1. “A man’s steps are from the Lord, how then can man understand his way”? (Psalm 20:24) This goes so well with “Lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will make your path straight before you.” from the 3rd chapter of Proverbs.

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