Sometimes people find themselves in search of the good life; what will make them happy? Too often people believe they will find happiness in the acquiring of possessions: more money, a bigger house, grander vacations. But these can lead to further distress, as each of these must be managed and protected. Proverbs suggests that happiness can be found in a simpler life: acting out of love, kindness, compassion, honor, loyalty, faithfulness. This week we begin a series which looks at he wisdom tradition in the Bible — Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
Worship this week
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship – Outside if weather permits (fellowship hall if too hot or rainy) Music will be led by our synod youth band, and we will have a special blessing for our youth attending the National Gathering in Detroit.
Devotions for this week:
Trust & Honor God July 11-12, 2015
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight. Proverbs 3:5
Proverbs, a book of instruction on right living, lifts up the virtue of wisdom. People who seek wisdom and righteousness receive happiness and contentment. People who live foolishly receive punishment and discontentment. A happy life comes from knowledge and fear of the Lord.
Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding of Sunday’s text. After the reading, ask the follow-up questions.
Sunday, Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:1-8, Trust and Honor God
Monday, Proverbs 1:20-33, The Call of Wisdom
Tuesday, Proverbs 2:1-15, The Value of Wisdom
Wednesday, Proverbs 3:13-18, The True Wealth
Thursday, Proverbs 4:1-9, Parental Advice
Friday, Proverbs 4:10-27, Admonition to Keep the Right Path
Saturday, Proverbs 7:1-27, The False Attractions of Adultery
- What do these texts have in common? What are they trying to teach?
- What social norms are still consistent with the words of wisdom from the Proverbs? What social norms are contrary? How do you reconcile the differences?
- What are some of today’s words of wisdom that roll off your tongue? What do they mean?
Write down 5 sayings, quips, quotes, or advertising slogans that are common in your community. Write down what they mean and whether or not they are consistent with God’s words. Rewrite them so that they reflect the values you hold as a household.
Close your devotion with a blessing.
May God strengthen you with trust and honor. Amen.