Read Proverbs 21
This Proverb was particularly difficult for me to write about because I couldn’t decide what to focus on. There were so many verses that stood out to me that I contemplated just copying and pasting the entire Proverb in the body of this post for you to read again. This is one of those Proverbs that doesn’t need much explanation, commentary, or dissection, which proves to be a slight problem when you’re doing a devotional on it. But, as I read through the text again and again, I did see an interesting connection between three of the verses that I’m excited to share with you. These stood out to me the most:
Clean living before God and justice with our neighbors
mean far more to God than religious performance.
Sinners are always wanting what they don’t have;
the God-loyal are always giving what they do have.
Do your best, prepare for the worst—
then trust God to bring victory.
I just wrote that last one down and stuck it on my door so that I’ll see it every time I leave. These three verses are powerful on their own, but together I think they are able to shift perspectives and change lives. I see one thread running through these three verses: knowledge. What’s described in these verses comes from first knowing who God is (if you want to know more about that check out my His Story series). Then, as you learn who God is, you begin to learn more about who you are (read the My Story series) and who he’s called and made you to be. Once you know who God is and who you are, that security and surety will inform how you interact with others. But it all begins with knowing.
When you have a firm grasp on who God is, it helps you know who you are, which changes how you interact with the world around you.
What do you know about God? What do you know about yourself? How do your beliefs about those two things influence how you interact with the world around you? Let’s take a moment to examine our beliefs and identify how they influence our actions. If you’re unsure of or have questions about how God is and who you are, let’s talk about it! If you have limited knowledge, that’s okay, it’s a great place to start.