The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 11

Don’t forget the challenge this week. As we read Proverbs 11, let’s remember to guard our tongues.

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
but a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 11:1

I came across a similar teaching not long ago in Deuteronomy.

You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small.

Deuteronomy 25:13

At first glance it didn’t seem to apply to me. After all, we don’t use weights for measuring anymore, and I certainly didn’t have two in my purse. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized this instruction applied to me in the area of judgment.

There have been many times over the years I sat in judgment of somebody else’s situation, and found myself in the same circumstance later. Let’s just say I didn’t judge myself as harshly as I judged them.

Or what about the moments I spoke the words, I’ll never. Even better, My kids will never…. 

It is not easy to admit, but when it comes to judgment I have two weights. One I judge others with and one I use for myself and those closest to me. OUCH! Not a pretty picture.

Jesus taught about judgment too.

Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 6:36-38

We are called to offer mercy and forgiveness. Not judgment.

God delights in a just weight. When we are generous with grace the same will be given to us… pressed down, shaken together, running over.

Father God, thank You for Your just unbiased judgment and grace. Bless me with the truth of all the grace You’ve poured out on me, so I may bless others with unbiased judgment, as well.

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Songs of Praise: Psalm 146-147

Read Psalm 146-147. (Click on the link to read the Scripture.)

His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Psalm 147:10-11

Merriam-Webster defines delight as a high degree of satisfaction or pleasure, joy, extreme satisfaction.

God does not find delight, pleasure or satisfaction in the strength of man or beast.

His delight and joy is found in those who fear Him who hope in His steadfast love.

Have you given it any thought? Have you considered if God delights in you? The psalmist spells it out loud and clear. When we fear, revere, worship the One true God, He takes pleasure, extreme satisfaction in us.

When is the last time you dared to hope in nothing but His steadfast love? Now is the time to place your hope in Him and Him alone.

Almighty God: Father, Son, Spirit. I have no hope apart from You. No strength in and of myself with which to please You. Work in me a proper attitude toward You. Fill my heart with delight for You alone. Lord, I want You to delight in me.

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