Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 4th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 4th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 4th July 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 4 July 2022 Written BY Dr. Russell L. Meek (Moody Theological Seminary)

 

TOPIC: A FATHER’S WARNING

SCRIPTURE:  Proverbs 1:10–19

INVEST IN IRAs, SECURE YOUR FUTURE

KEY VERSE: My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. PROVERBS 1:10

MESSAGE

For centuries, parents have warned their children not to fall in with the wrong crowd. They worry that the bad behaviors of other young people will influence their children. This can even be true later in our lives; the people we choose to spend our time with can have a profound influence on us.

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In today’s Proverb, a father talks to his son about the dangers of following “sinful” men (v. 10). One commentator compares these sinful men to a modern-day gang. The gang offers protection and invites the young newcomer to join them (v. 10). They promise that if he goes along with their evil schemes to hurt and steal, he will get rich (vv. 11–14).

INVEST IN IRAs, SECURE YOUR FUTURE

The father’s warning is clear. “My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them” (v. 10). The father sees beyond the immediate lure of their promises. Nothing that this sinful group does will prosper. In fact, they will bring harm down on themselves and on his son. “Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it” (v. 19).

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 4th July 2022

This passage can be interpreted not only as a relationship between a father and son, but as God speaking to His people. In Proverbs, the covenant relationship is explored using poetic language. Here, Solomon paints a vivid picture of the dangers of murder, theft, and covetousness, clearly referencing God’s commands given to His people: “You shall not murder” (Ex. 20:13), “You shall not steal” (Ex. 20:15), and “You shall not covet” (Ex. 20:17). With compelling imagery, the author shows the dire results of breaking God’s commands. We must listen to the guidance given by our heavenly Father. He truly knows best.

>> It is easy to let other voices talk us into doing things we know are not right, things that break God’s commands. We may justify our behavior because it produces pleasing short-term results. The warning is clear: be careful of the company you keep!

Pray with Us

Lord, sometimes we have the wisdom to recognize what is right, but we lack the nerve to follow through. Today we ask for the discipline to choose wisdom above personal gain or man’s good opinion.

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Dr. Russell Meek teaches Old Testament and hermeneutics at Moody Theological Seminary. He is a columnist for Fathom magazine and writes widely for lay and academic audiences about all things Old Testament and its relationship to the Christian life. Russell, his wife, and their three sons live in north Idaho, where you’ll find them gardening, cooking, and exploring the wild.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 4th July 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my lif and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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