Proverbs 18 and 19 – Don’t stop listening

Good evening y’all.  Apologies didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday.  Today’s post will be based on chapter 18 and 19 of Proverbs

There is so much from both chapters.

Be blessed 🙂

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Proverbs18:8
Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly?” (MSG)

Eating junk is not good for our physical body. In like manner, gossiping is also not good for our spiritual life. Let’s abstain from it.

Proverbs18:13
Answering before listening is both stupid and rude”.(MSG)

Oh my!!! I’m so guilty of this offence. I have a bad habit of interrupting people while they talking because I feel I already know what they want to say or I’m bored of their talk. According to this verse acting in that manner is stupid and rude. It’s important we learn to listen to others just as we would expect them to listen to us.

I believe pride is what makes us think we don’t need to listen, because we see what the other person has to say as irrelevant. I pray God helps us.

James 1:19 tells us to be slow to speak but quick to listen.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry”.(NLT)

Proverbs19:3
“People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does God always get blamed?”(MSG)

We ruin our lives and then blame God…so true. Often hear people say if there is God why is He allowing suffering blah blah? My response to those people is exactly this verse. Have you been obedient following the instructions He gave you or you have been strong headed thinking your way is better by ignoring God’s caution and choosing the ways of the world?

Lets learn from the prodigal son. When he came back to His senses, he realised the folly of his ways and decided to go back home to his father. He didn’t get home and start blaming his dad saying ‘why did you give me the inheritance’ or ‘why didn’t you just say no when I asked’. No! He admitted his wrong and asked for forgiveness from His father who lovingly took him back.  God is ever ready to welcome us back. We need to admit we are wrong, ask for forgivensess and repent. I pray we realise the folly of our ways and turn back to God before its too late.

Proverbs19:16
Keep the rules and keep your life; careless living kills”.(MSG)

If we keep the rules we would live. I’m reminded of Deut 30:19-20 which says:
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the lord , you will live long in the land the lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (NLT)

I pray we choose the path of life.

Proverbs19:21
“We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God ’s purpose prevails”. (MSG)

We can plan all we want but only God purpose will prevail. We need to always remember that God is Sovereign and has the power to either approve our plans or decide a different and better plan is what He has for us. God’s plan is always good. I believe once we have that settled in our hearts, it would be easier for us to hand over all to God.
Jeremiah 29:11 says:
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”.(NLT)

Proverbs19:27
“If you quit listening, dear child, and strike off on your own, you’ll soon be out of your depth”.(MSG)

The moment we stop listening to instruction be it from God directly speaking to us or through His word or a spiritual authority, we are effectively saying to God I don’t need your help. I can go this alone and that is very dangerous. We would eventually realise we can’t do it alone and out of our depth.

I pray we will listen and be obedient to Gods instructions.

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to leave your thoughts on chapter.

Have a blessed evening 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

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