Resources: Proverbs (Read a book in a month)

In March 2016, our Minister, Andy, challenged the church to read all of Proverbs within month. This is an archive of all the daily posts containing a brief devotional, reading and prayer for each day, along side this you can read and post your own comments.

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May 1st 2016 A Listening Heart

Reading Proverbs 1:1-33 Today we begin our month in Proverbs. Much of Proverbs is written by Solomon to his son Rehoboam. It’s a great name for a future king, it means “The people have grown bigger”, I think Solomon has high hopes for his son as he writes these words; he hopes that under the […]

May 2nd 2016 Treasure Everywhere!

Reading Proverbs 2:1-22 When Mackenzie, my middle son was about six, he founded the Compton CofE Primary School Digging Club. It was an unofficial lunchtime club, he and a few friends ‘borrowed’ parents gardening trowels and during the lunch ‘playtime’ dug holes in the sports field! He and the club found a few scraps of […]

MAY 3rd 2016 Great Generosity!

Reading Proverbs 3:1-35 Generosity in action is a beautiful thing, in this chapter we read of God’s continued generosity. God gives faithfully to those who listen to him (vs 3), and a full life (vs 2) to those who store up the treasures of his word. To those who commit their ways to him he […]

May 4th May the Fourth be With You!

Reading Proverbs 4:1-27 As I read through the Proverbs I’ve often wondered why Solomon takes so long to cut to the chase, my favourite chapters are those filled with his nitty-gritty sayings, but Solomon takes time to get there, nine chapters in fact. Why? I think it’s because Solomon knows that the hardest battles in […]

May 5th Danger, Heart-Break Ahead!

Reading Proverbs 5:1-23 As we approach day five is important to remember that Solomon is talking to his son, Rehoboam. This affects his language, as it is the advice of a father to his son. We know too well, there are men who will take advantage of a women as often as women will take […]

May 6th Spiritual Enthusiasm

Reading Proverbs 6:1-35 In Proverbs so far there have been a number of terms that Solomon has used to express the idea of folly; a fool who is “rebellious” (1:7), a fool who is “stupid”, not in mental capacity but heart humility (1:22), a simple, easily led person (1:22) and a scoffer or mocker also […]

May 7th Making Promises With Our Eyes

Reading: Proverbs 7:1-27 Canadian Inuit’s have an intriguing way of catching wild wolves. They coat a dagger in blood, freeze it, then coated again and again and again. By the time they finish it’s impossible to tell, that, under all the frozen blood is a very sharp dagger. They bury the dagger in the snow. […]

May 8th The Choice

Reading Proverbs 8:1-36 In 1994 I found myself in England having left the Royal Hong Kong police. There was a opportunity for me to rejoin my old police force, the Thames Valley Police. However, I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life, my job and my future completely and utterly to God. I knelt […]

May 9th Eat and Live

Reading Proverbs 9:1-18 Imagine yourself working in a hot dry field. The dust is getting everywhere, under your finger nails in your hair and coating the inside of your mouth. Your eyes sting, but there is so much work to do, the only moisture is the sweat beading your brow. The sun is beating down […]

May 10th Simple Integrity

Reading: Proverbs 10:1-32 Yesterday, in Chapter 9, we read that Wisdom has built her house of seven pillars, (9:1). Seven is often seen as a perfect number throughout the Bible, and speaks of wholeness and completeness. Solomon may be saying that the house that wisdom builds is whole and will never fall down. However, many […]

May 11th I’d Rather See a Sermon Than Hear One!

Reading Proverbs 11:1-31 As we hit chapter 11 we can see, just as yesterday, integrity continues to be a major theme. Vs 1 deals with integrity in business, vs 3 with integrity as a life choice, vs 11 tells us that living in integrity has blessings for an entire city, vs 14 a whole nation, […]

May 12th Short legged Words

Reading: Proverbs 12:1-28 We saw a couple of days ago that there are a number of themes that weave their way through the Book of Proverbs, they may be the ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ (9:1). One of those themes is the way we speak to one another and the words we use. We see that […]

May 13th A Hole In My Holiness?

Reading Proverbs 13:1-25 As we read Solomon’s Proverbs day by day, I am sure that there are some sayings that hit us right between the eyes. They express a truth so beautifully and profoundly that we  just say, “Ahhh I always knew that but now I’ve words to express it”. Other times they challenge our […]

May 14th Find Someone No-One Loves…..

Reading Proverbs 14:1- 35 There is a story told that one day a multi-millionaire asked to see Mother Theresa. He waited patiently while the saintly lady looked after all those around her. Eventually, she spoke to him, she simply asked the man if he would like to see Jesus. “Yes”, he replied. She lead him […]

May 15th The Secret of Contentment

Reading: Proverbs 15:1-33 Envy is a horrible emotion. It’s appetite never seems satisfied. It always longs for more, it holds no satisfaction, no one has ever enjoyed it. Envy is the way of self-torment, self-hatred and turmoil. Solomon writes, “Better a little with the fear of the Lord, than great wealth with turmoil.” (Vs 16 […]

May 16th The Root of all our Problems

Reading Proverbs 16 1:1-33 Day 16, we are at are the half way point of our journey in Proverbs, well done if you’ve kept up! But, don’t get proud, Solomon warns us, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (vs 18). Pride is the first of the ‘deadly sins’. Thomas Aquinas said […]

May 17th Love Justice

Reading Proverbs 17:1-28 There is much about justice in today’s chapter: those who are unjust in the way they talk, (vs 4,5,7,9,14,20) the way they act by giving bribes (8,23) and in miscarriages of justice, (15,26). One of the aspects of God’s character that we can rejoice in is that God is just. God wants […]

May 18th The Power of the Tongue (Our Deadliest Weapon)

Reading Proverbs 18:1-24 Again Solomon reminds us of the power of our words: “From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied” (20). I don’t recommend taking verse 6, “A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating”, too literally, however […]

May 19th Nobody Loves You When you’re Down and Out … ( Maybe there is!)

Reading: Proverbs 19:1-29 In the summer of 1973 one of the most famous, rich and popular men on the planet, John Lennon, wrote “Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down and Out)“. The song is written during a period in which he felt disappointment at the perceived negative reception of his work and was experiencing a […]

May 20th A Gentle Loving Saviour

Reading Proverbs 20:1-30 One of my favourite stories is about two brothers who go to church. They are a couple of scoundrels who go Sunday by Sunday only to put a veneer of respectability over their shady business dealings. When one of the brothers dies, the other brother schedules a meeting with the vicar. He […]

May 21st Listening to the Right Voices

Reading Proverbs 21:1-31 In his book ‘If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat’ John Ortberg quotes Theodore Roosevelt’s famous words: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them […]

May 22nd Beware of Angry People!

Reading: Proverbs 22:1-29 Two friends William and Thomas were drinking at an all night-café. They got into a discussion about the difference between irritation, anger and rage. At about 1 AM, William said, “Look Tom, I’ll show you an example of irritation.” He went to the payphone, put in a coin, and dialled a number […]

May 23rd Hungry for God?

Reading: Proverbs 23:1-35 In today’s chapter there is much about eating and drinking. It’s always a surprise to me that in the fourth century lists of the ‘deadly sins’, gluttony used to head the list. It was the most significant! Pope Gregory wrote, ‘Unless we first tame the enemy dwelling within us, namely our gluttonous […]

May 24th Assurance and Warning

Reading: Proverbs 24:1-34 Over the years I’ve been given some great advice on preaching, both from the great preachers I’ve met and the preaching books I’ve read. Such as ‘No such thing as a short, bad sermon’ and ‘preach to the broken-hearted there’s one in every pew’. My personal favourite is, ‘In a good sermon […]

May 25th Destroying Our Enemies …. By Loving Them!

Reading: Proverbs 25:1-28 Today we switch back to the Proverbs of Solomon. Interestingly, these proverbs, we are told, were uncovered and copied down under the orders of the King Hezekiah, Solomon’s great, great (and then some) grandson. There was a great revival under his reign; he returned many lost practices of worship back to the […]

May 26th Spiritual Diligence

Reading: Proverbs 26:1-28 As I read today’s chapter, I see many of the same themes we have considered over the last month. As I reflect I ask myself am I growing in these areas, or, have I stalled? Am I putting into practice what I have learnt? Am I merely being informed by Proverbs or […]

May 27th My Jesus, My Saviour!

Reading: Proverbs 27:1-29 The proverb that captures my heart today is verse 20. “Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.” There are two deep truths here… First, all things are rapidly moving towards atrophy and chaos, things around us, including ourselves, are rusting and decaying; whether we care to […]

May 28th Soften My Heart Lord

Reading: Proverbs 28:1-28 Verse 14 tells us “Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.” (NIV) To be hardhearted is a very sad thing. Perhaps it started with a shrugging of the shoulders to a friend, or to God: for some of us, it started by […]

May 29th Being Stiff-necked!

Reading: Proverbs 29:1-27 When I think of phases that best describe the opposite of a Jesus filled life, there are few better than ‘stiff-necked.’ It carries such a powerful image of a person who is unable to look up and see God, look around and see others, look backward and evaluate mistakes or even look […]

May 30th True Wisdom!

Reading: Proverbs 30:1-33 The final two chapters are each written by a different author: chapter 30 by Agur and 31 by King Lemuel. We know very little about these two. Some have argued that Agur is a nickname for Solomon, or a descendant of Ishmael or even a gentile from a tribe in Northwest Arabia […]

May 31th Living Faith!

Reading Proverbs 31:1-31 The final chapter of Proverbs are written by King Lemuel, however, the words were spoken and taught to him by his mother. Both John Wesley in the eighteenth century and Eugene Peterson in the twenty-first century, tell us that the greatest preachers they ever knew were their mothers. Just like chapter 30, […]