I encourage you to read these chapters focusing again on what stands out to you. Depending on where you are at in life right now, different words of wisdom might stick. Here are some that stuck out to me:
19:11 – A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
I’m someone who tends to hold grudges. Especially if I wasn’t asked for forgiveness. When someone asks, I am usually willing to offer it, but the thing is, people don’t always ask. And sometimes I perceived I was wronged when the other person doesn’t see it that way. This proverb reminds me that it is better to forgive and move past an offense than to let it sit and weigh me down.
19:20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Accepting correction isn’t easy. I tend to bristle at it (especially when I know it is something I did wrong, or need to change). It puts my defenses up, and I imagine many others feel the same. But when we accept proper discipline, we come out better. We learn and grow, and don’t continue to make the same mistakes. It is an important part of life to heed Godly advice and discipline, even when we don’t like it.
21:30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.
This one is an encouraging one to end today’s thoughts. Sometimes it can feel like in this world, evil is winning. That people have made their plans, and they are succeeding despite it being contrary to God’s ways. So here is your reminder: they won’t win out in the end. Nothing can succeed if it is against the LORD. We might feel weighed down and defeated when we see evil prevail, but we know how it ends. We know who wins. And it isn’t evil.
I’m writing this while life is weird. We are stuck at home, not going to church (I don’t think I have ever not been to church on Easter Sunday), many people not going to jobs, not having dinner with families, not enjoying a dinner out. But we can have peace when we remember that no matter what is happening now, God has a plan, it will come to be, and we can look forward to eternal life.
Today’s Bible passage can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+19-21&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be Proverbs 22-24 as we continue seeking and growing in God’s way during our 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan