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Daily Devotionals

Day 52 – Issue 37

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READ: Proverbs 16.32 NLT

‘Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.’

It’s good for us to ask the question, “What matters most in life?”. Time and again the book of Proverbs helps us to think through this question. Many people would assume that it is good to be powerful and to have control of people and even whole communities. Some would want to be a powerful politician or the head of a major company. To be in charge of a whole city might seem like an amazing and very desirable achievement. But the writer observes that it is far more important to have patience and self-control than to have great power and influence. He is talking about what the New Testament describes as the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible never suggests that it is wrong to have wealth or power. If either of them have come your way then you should give thanks to God for them. What matters is that we put them in their proper place. They are nowhere near as important as living for God with the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control which he gives to all those who walk in his ways. Money and power come and go. They are temporary. But the fruit of the Spirit is of a completely different nature being as eternal and indestructible as God himself.

As ever, the focus of the book of Proverbs is on helping the reader to live life to the full. The writer’s many severe words of warning are always with the intention of helping the reader to avoid pitfalls and disaster. He sees living for God as the most exciting and desirable way of life which not only brings blessing to us as individuals but to all those around us as well. Choosing God’s way is often not the easiest path but it’s always the best.

QUESTIONS: Be honest. What matters most to you in your life?

PRAYER: Thank you Lord that you love us so much that you share the unvarnished truth with us. Help us to seek the fruit of your Holy Spirit before anything else. Amen

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Written by: Miriam Emenike

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