Category Proverbs

A short message

Video version here Thank you to everyone who has been in touch and has dipped into these devotionals on Proverbs 10. If you have found them helpful feel free to share them, as they are all available on the Vimeo channel and via this blog. It was an experiment and I certainly enjoyed doing them, […]

Growing in wisdom: finding favour

Video version here The lips of the righteous know what finds favour, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse. (Proverbs 10:32) “If I said ‘that bird’s black’, you’d argue that it was white!”. That was my mother’s way of closing a conversation if I was being particularly contrary or argumentative. And I […]

Fruitful words

Video version here From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced. (Proverbs 10:31) It’s only words.   But before we go too far down that route and I have you humming very bad but very catchy 1990s boyband lyrics, let me remind you that Proverbs never […]

Gaining citizenship

Video version here The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land. (Proverbs 10:30) In my ministry with students around Europe I do a fair bit of travelling (well- I used to), and I work with a lot of people who are not living in their homeland. They are […]

Refuge or ruin?

Video version here The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. (Proverbs 10:29) I’m not sure what I did before Googlemaps, but I’m not sure I got lost any less than I still do now. I remember poring over road atlases and enjoying exploring […]

Hopes and dreams

Video version here The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish (ESV) (Proverbs 10:28) Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What dreams do you have for your life? You may have been asked these types of questions, maybe in a job interview or just in a […]

Only the good die young?

Video version here The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. (Proverbs 10:27) There’s a meme that says something along the lines of: “if you give up everything you enjoy eating, drinking, and doing, you won’t necessarily live longer, it will just feel like it”. Behind that […]

The sting of disappointment

Video version here   As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them. (Proverbs 10:26) There’s nothing I like better on my fish and chips than the good old traditional salt and vinegar.   But vinegar on its own? Not nice! Similarly, there’s something great about being […]

Surviving the storm

Video version here When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm for ever. (Proverbs 10:25) A feature of where we live here in Ireland is that we can have our fair share of brief and sudden storms. Already these weeks we have been out for walks in the […]

Your greatest fear? Your greatest hope?

Video version here What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted. (Proverbs 10:24) This proverb helps us to understand probably the most important phrase in the whole book. The prologue to the book tells us in 1:7 that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning (or ‘foundation’) of […]

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