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May 18th - Astute Advice

Astute Advice

(Proverbs 3:1-2, 11-12, 33-35;

9:7-9;

10:3, 6-9, 16-17, 22, 24-25, 28-30;

11:5-10; 14, 18-21, 23, 27, 30-31;

12:1-3, 5-8, 12, 15, 21, 28;

13:1, 6, 9, 13, 18, 21, 24-25;

14:11, 14, 19, 22, 34;

15:5-6, 9-10, 12, 22, 26, 31-32;

16:7;

17:10, 13;

18:3;

19:16, 18, 20, 25, 27, 29;

20:7, 18, 30;

21:8, 12, 16, 18, 21;

22:6, 8, 15;

23:9, 13-14;

24:5-6, 8-9, 15-16;

25:12;

26:1, 3, 27;

27:5-6, 17;

28:4, 7, 9, 12-13, 18, 28;

29:1-2, 10, 15-17, 19, 21, 27)


Lucy, the Advisor

From Peanuts

By Charles Schultz


What's the secret to giving and receiving good advice? Certainly, advice can be affectionately given or critically cast upon us.


How do we receive advice? Do we tend to welcome constructive criticism and instruction, or do we reject it? Doesn’t our acceptance of advice often depend upon the spirit in which it is given?


The book of Proverbs is filled with words about advice and words of advice. Today’s Scripture readings, in particular, include several familiar Bible verses. Perhaps you have already memorized some of these gems.

How well can you fill in the blanks for these Proverbs of advice?


“Instruct a __________ man and he will be wiser still;

teach a righteous man and he will add to his __________.”

(Proverbs 9:9, NIV)


The way of a __________ seems right to him,

but a wise man listens to advice.”

(Proverbs 12:15, NIV)


“Do not speak to a fool,

for he will __________ the wisdom of your words.”

(Proverbs 23:9, NIV)


“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Wounds from a __________ can be trusted,

but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

(Proverbs 27:5-6, NIV)


“For lack of guidance a nation falls

but many advisers make __________ sure.”

(Proverbs 11:14, NIV)


“Plans fail for lack of __________,

but with many advisers they succeed.”

(Proverbs 15:22, NIV)


“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline

And do not resent His rebuke,

Because the Lord disciplines those He __________,

As a father the son he delights in.”

(Proverbs 3:11-12, NIV)


“Train a __________ in the way he should go,

and when he is __________ he will not turn from it.”

(Proverbs 22:6, NIV)


“He who conceals his __________ does not prosper

but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

(Proverbs 28:13, NIV)


“Righteousness exalts a __________

but __________ is a disgrace to any people.”

(Proverbs 14:34, NIV)


Did the Lord impress other Proverbs on your heart today? Which ones? What treasured secrets has God shared with you personally through His Word?


Why not select a verse or two from today’s readings in Proverbs for Scripture memorization? (CTRL-click here for "Scripture Memory Techniques.")


Will you pray with me?


Almighty God,

You are the all-wise Advisor of our souls.

Teach us to trust You,

And lead us to listen.

Open our hearts and our ears,

So that we might hear

What You wish to tell us

Through Your Word

And those You have chosen

To carry it.

Amen.


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