"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding."
Sometimes we are tasked with challenges, great and small, which seem too difficult for us to overcome. Or, sometimes, we simply don't want to do what we know is right! This oft-memorized proverb offers God's gentle correction and reminds us to trust in our Lord who sees and knows all and directs us along his perfect plan every day!
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it."
Once in a while you may find yourself burdened to give a gift or do a kind deed, only to stifle that conviction for whatever reason. Scripture encourages us to model our heavenly Father who gives all good gifts, so be honest with yourself this week about your true ability to be generous, hospitable, and helpful to the people in your life.
"Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,but a false witness utters deceit."
All too often we are presented with situations where sidestepping the truth will save us pain, embarrassment, or punishment. Scripture, however, is full of promises for those who lie that you do not want to experience for yourself! It may be incredibly hard, but go through your week remembering God's standard of truth and honesty in your life. His rewards are great!
"Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin."
Loose lips sink ships! Okay, that's not what the phrase actually means, but you get it. Maybe you blurted out a thought last week you wish you could take back, and if so, you're certainly not alone! This simple reminder, though, offers balanced encouragement that we can think before we speak and be blessed in so doing!
"A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before the great."
As you work this week, you might admit that your goal would be to advance in your career and work hard toward your own goals. While having a career is by no means wrong, clawing your way up the ladder at the expense of your peace with God is a dangerous trap in our modern life. This proverb urges you to seek God foremost, and He will bless you with gifts for your good according to His plan for your life!
"Do not say, 'I will repay evil'; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you."
If there's one thing we can guarantee you, it's that someone will offend you this week. Count on it! But before it happens, and before you react, meditate on this proverb. God is in the business of giving sin and evil its reward, and He's much better at it than we are. Trust God to carry you through hurts and offenses this week.
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
As we move through our busy weeks, let's not forget that our kids will face challenges this week too! What an encouraging, yet convicting, reminder to those of us who influence children directly or indirectly (we're looking at you too, grandparents!) that they are Christ's ambassadors in their own age group. Find ways, big or small, to train up the children in your life for God's glory!