Suggested Reading: Proverbs 12
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Key Verses: Proverbs 12:10
A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
Being a married man means that husbands need to appreciate Proverbs 12:4a. According to these words, men, our wives are our crowns! And they are “excellent,” as the proverb says! I have a small icon that Ron put on my computer screen that says “Dictionary.” When I look up “excellent” it means outstanding, exceptional, marvellous, wonderful, magnificent, etc. etc. Need I say more? Men, let’s make sure our wives read the blog today. If we notice that our wives are a little more romantic for the next while, this may be the reason!!
Proverbs 12 deals with contrasts between several opposites — e.g. in the first verse, “knowledge” and “stupid.” The final contrast is shown between the truthful dealings of a righteous man and the deceit and lies of a wicked man. These paths are going in opposite directions. One leads to life and the other to death. The choice is ours to make as we stand at the crossroads of decision. Let us choose life!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I thank You for my spouse, the one with whom You made me one flesh. May I bless this special person every day in every way. I pray that I will learn valuable life lessons from the book of Proverbs. I ask for wisdom and knowledge in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I think that I’ve been on the verge of depression from time to time. The reason is a big heavy word, “ANXIETY!” According to Proverbs 12:25 this was caused, in my case, by my failure to trust God 100%! While depression can be caused by a disorder in my brain, which needs to be treated by a qualified professional, my near depression was lifted again and again by, as that verse says, “A good word which makes it, the heart, glad!” A psychiatrist once said to my former TV co-host, Father Bob MacDougal, after Bob had been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, “Father MacDougal, your symptoms have …REVERSED!” Bob had three graduate degrees and practised in Toronto at one time as a clinical psychologist. I often heard him tell that story. Jesus is the turn-around, go-the-opposite-direction, specialist!
I must confess that I had anxiety today. At one point in our travels to various Bible locations here in the Holy Land, I thought I’d lost one of our tour members somewhere. However, my excellent wife assured me that our charge was safely on the bus at the back. I figure that over the years we have brought at least 7,000 people to Israel in our tours. What a joy to get to know more people who love and appreciate the ministry of Crossroads Christian Communications Incorporated. God willing, we’ll do it again next November.
Yours for learning every day more and more of the ways of God,
P.S. Here are nine more of our faithful enthusiastic pilgrims in front the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. From left to right they are Bob & Judy from Calgary, Alberta – Barb from Calgary, Alberta – Elaine from Vegreville, Alberta – Foster from Aurora, Ontario – Marlyn from Palmerston, Ontario – Joanne from Millet, Alberta – Carol from Kitchener, Ontario – Lilian from Calgary, Alberta