Proverbs 16:20 "He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he." 

Happy Are Those Who Trust in God – Reflection on Proverbs 16:20

Today’s Gospel He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he. – Proverbs 16:20 Reflection This verse tells us that only by keeping God’s teachings can we receive His blessings and whoever trusts in God in all things is the happiest. Recollecting my life of believing in God, I always do things according to my will and seldom think whether I do it according to the Lord’s words or whether the Lord is satisfied with it. When encountering things, I also seldom pray to and rely on God. Therefore, I always cannot feel God’s leadership and blessings. For example, the Lord asks us to be honest rather than lie. However, I always told lies and deceived others for my own interests, and even lied to God in my prayer—failing to fulfill most of what I said. The Lord asks us not to judge others. But when I found some brother or sister did something that went against my will or touched upon my interests, I would judge him or her willfully. All this manifested that I did not keep God’s teachings, let alone had reverence for God. I could not help asking myself: Am I a believer in God? How can I receive God’s blessings? What should I do? Later, I find the way of practice in God’s words. God says, “God is always in the hearts of those who genuinely believe in God and they always carry within them a God-revering heart, a God-loving heart. Those who believe in God should do things with a cautious and prudent heart, and all they do should be in accordance with God’s requirements and be able to satisfy the heart of God. They should not be headstrong, doing whatever they please; that does not befit saintly propriety.”   » You may be interested in reading more: • What Does It Mean to Fear God? 4 Points Help You Know It • Trust in God and Win God’s Grace in Daily Life • The Fear of Jehovah Is the Beginning of Wisdom—Reflection on Proverbs 9:10

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Pride Goes Before Destruction – Reflection on Proverbs 16:18

Today’s Gospel Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18 Reflection It is very common to see in our life that some people are of good caliber, intelligent and good-minded but also arrogant and self-righteous. Whatever they do, they always think they do well and right, unwilling to accept others’ suggestions, so they always encounter setbacks and failures. On the contrary, some people don’t look so smart outwardly, nor do they have anything extraordinary, but they can consult others modestly, and don’t hold fast to their own opinion, therefore, they achieve good effect in things. Thus it can be seen that man’s success or failure doesn’t lie in the outward caliber but is all determined by whether he has a modest heart.   » We’d like to share with you the articles: • How to Be Humble? • Bible Verses About Humility • Putting Her Pride Aside, She Gained … » Recommended: God’s Salvation – Christian Movie

Proverbs 16:9 "A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps."

Only the Lord Guides My Way – Reflection on Proverbs 16:9

Today’s Gospel A man’s heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps. – Proverbs 16:9 Reflection Every one with lots of experiences has first-hand knowledge of this verse. Even unbelievers find something to say about this after they have experienced a lot. As we always say, “Farming depends on man, harvesting depends on Heaven.” “Man proposes, God disposes.” Success or failure is not up to man but depends on the ordination of God. However, we always plan and prepare for our future, such as finding a good job or having a happy marriage. We can make a thousand plans or ten thousand plans, but after we have been through a lot, we realize that we sometimes cannot find a job we love, but something we don’t want to do becomes our job; and that the object of our affections is not necessarily the person with whom we will be able to share our life, and meanwhile someone we never expected becomes our other half. Step by step, we deeply understand that all is led and guided by God and that we are not in control of our own fate. The proverb tells us that we should surrender our plans and obey God’s sovereignty and arrangements. Only thus can we receive God’s blessings. God says, “From the moment you come crying into this world, you begin to perform your duty. You assume your role in the plan of God and in the ordination of God. You begin the journey of life. Whatever your background and whatever the journey ahead of you, none can escape the orchestration and arrangement that Heaven has in store, and none are in control of their destiny, for only He who rules over all things is capable of such work. Since the day man came into existence, God has been steady in His work, managing this universe and directing the change and movement of all things. Like all things, man quietly and unknowingly receives the nourishment of the sweetness and rain and dew from God. Like all things, man unknowingly lives under the orchestration of God’s hand. The heart and spirit of man are held in the hand of God, and all the life of man is beheld in the eyes of God. Regardless of whether or not you believe this, any and all things, living or dead, will shift, change, renew, and disappear according to God’s thoughts. This is how God rules over all things.”   » You may be interested in reading more: • Obey God’s Sovereignty, Live Out the Real Human Life • Know God’s Sovereignty, Worry About Marriage No More • Christian Song “The Incarnate God Leads Mankind Into a New Era”

Proverbs 16:3 "Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established." 

Rely on God and God Will Accomplish It – Reflection on Proverbs 16:3

Today’s Gospel Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established. – Proverbs 16:3 Reflection This verse tells us we should rely on God in all things. Whether the matters are great or small, we should entrust them to God and look up to Him, because God holds sovereignty over everything and there is nothing difficult if we rely on God. However, in reality, when we encounter difficulties, we don’t first come before God to pray or search, rather, we plan this or that for our selfish desires. As a result, we take detours, always fail, and cannot see God’s blessings. When we pray to God sincerely, commit our real difficulties to Him, and put aside our selfish desires and intentions, God will open a way out for us, allowing us to see His great power and authority in experience. God says, “It’s very simple now: Look upon Me with your heart and your spirit will immediately become strong, you will have a path to practice and I will guide your every step. My word shall be revealed to you at all times and in all places. No matter where or when, or how adverse the environment is, I will show you clearly and My heart shall be revealed to you if you look to Me with your heart; this way you will run down the road ahead and never lose your way.” » Can we rely on ourselves to find an ideal job though having a high level of education? We’d like to share with you the testimony of a Christian who had an eclectic resume. Please read on to learn how she, after several failures in applying for a job, trusted in God to find a good job. » Read more stories of how Christians relied on God and saw God’s blessings: » Further reading: • 3 Practical Ways to Rely on God • Bible Verses About Relying on God

Fearing God—Reflection on Proverbs 15:33

Fearing God – Reflection on Proverbs 15:33

Today’s Gospel The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility. – Proverbs 15:33 Reflection Fearing God is very important in belief of God, and is what a qualified Christian must possess. Simply put, fearing God is that there is a place for God in the heart. We will undoubtedly be the wisest if in everything we encounter, we practice in this way: not to be arrogant or self-righteous, or do things arbitrarily, but to believe in God, commit all things into God’s hand, do in accordance to God’s requirements and conduct ourselves by God’s word. Share God’s words, “‘To fear God’ does not mean nameless fright and horror, nor to evade, nor to put at a distance, nor is it idolization or superstition. Rather, it is admiration, esteem, trust, understanding, caring, obedience, consecration, love, as well as unconditional and uncomplaining worship, requital, and surrender.”   » Further reading about Fearing God: • Three Principles of Fearing God • What Does It Mean to Fear God? 4 Points Help You Know It • Bible Study on Job: The 3 Manifestations of Job’s Fear of God

Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

Stop Being Angry and Avoid Strife – Reflection on Proverbs 15:18

Proverbs 15:18 “A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.” Reflection This verse warns us not to flare up easily when we face anything goes against our wishes, because a wrathful man easily stirs up strife. Matthew 18:22 recorded Jesus’ words to Peter, “Jesus said to him, I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” God asked Peter to do so then, He also asks us to learn to forgive others. However, it is always easier said than done. Most of the time, when we encounter something and cannot take it anymore, we instantly fly into a rage. Why is it so? A passage says, “If someone does wrong by them or says some things they shouldn’t have said, such as words that judge them or doubt them, or offend them, they will be unforgiving, they will want revenge and to go tit for tat. Isn’t that vicious? … Kind people don’t have evil in their hearts. If you owe them, they won’t mind, but they won’t owe you anything because for them that’s definitely unacceptable. Plus, it’s not a problem if you offend them, but they would never want to offend you, let alone harm you. Isn’t that kind-hearted? When anyone does something unfavorable toward them, they can also put themselves in that person’s shoes and be considerate toward them, can forgive them, and understand them. This is also the expression of a kind heart. Some people committed a lot of evil in the past, but they now have faith in God and can pursue the truth, and further they can forgive others and treat them correctly and fairly. This type of person is classified as a kind-hearted person. Kind-hearted people have forbearance, mercy, forgiveness, and endurance in their hearts, and even more so they have love and sympathy. That is why everyone loves to be in contact with someone like this and is willing to make such a friend.” From this we can see, kind-hearted people can treat others correctly and fairly. They can understand others and won’t get angry even though other people did something wrong. Such a person is liked by God as well as people. Do you want to be such a person?   » You may be interested in reading more: • A Christian Teacher’s Story: She Apologized for Her Anger Toward Her Student • How to Live in Harmony With a Stroppy Roommate • I Find the Way to Escape Sin and Stop Struggling With Sin

The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.Proverbs 14:15

A Wise Approach – Reflection on Proverbs 14:15

Today’s Gospel The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going. – Proverbs 14:15 Reflection This verse wants to tell us that those who are foolish never discern others’ words, but blindly believe or obey every word they have heard. On the contrary, the intelligent and wise people are different. They handle others’ words with caution. If they do not understand, they can seek more instead of blindly following others or arbitrarily coming to conclusions. That reminds me when the Lord Jesus appeared to work, the Pharisees stubbornly held on to their own conceptions and imaginations and were against God. They spread various rumors slandering and condemning the Lord Jesus, and also incited and deceived the people into rejecting Him. Many Jewish people were deceived by their rumors and didn’t seek or study whether the Lord Jesus’ expression is the truth, the voice of God, and whether the Lord Jesus is God Himself. Instead, they blindly listened to the Pharisees’ devilish words, rejected the way of repentance preached by the Lord Jesus, ultimately followed the Pharisees in resisting God, and forever lost God’s salvation. By contrast, regardless of how many rumors and nonsense the Pharisees spread, those who truly followed God were cautious toward the Pharisees’ words. They neither blindly believed the Pharisees nor were deceived by their rumors, but carefully listened to God’s words and actively sought the true way. Eventually, they, convinced that the Lord Jesus is God Himself, resolutely followed God, and received His great salvation. From this, we can see that when God’s new work comes upon us, we may hear someone yell “Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him,” we may also hear someone fabricate rumors discrediting God’s work as the Pharisees did. So, in matters that we do not completely understand, we must be cautious, focus on seeking the truth and studying the true way and listening to God’s voice. This is wise and prudent men. If we hear someone testify “the bridegroom comes,” we neither seek nor study but blindly listen to rumors and falsities spread by others. This is our folly. Then in the end we are the ones who will suffer a loss.   » You may be interested in reading more on our Second Coming of Jesus Christ page, or in the articles below: • Beware of the Pharisees’ Leaven on the Path to the Heavenly Kingdom • Christian Testimony: The Path to the Kingdom of Heaven Is Narrow • Christian Movie “Deadly Ignorance”: Who Should We Listen to in Welcoming the Lord’s Return 

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.Proverbs 14:8

Be Wise and Prudent – Reflection on Proverbs 14:8

Today’s Gospel The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. – Proverbs 14:8 Reflection This verse tells us that those who are wise and intelligent clearly know their way. They set direction and goal ahead rather than move on blindly. Therefore, they clearly know what they want, and their choices on life path are wiser than others. They are not subject to the impact of any people, events, or things. Take Peter as an example. He was agile of wit, endowed with native intelligence, and should have become somebody after growing up. However, he was determined to believe in and follow God, and sought to know God and love God while following Him, and ultimately achieved the supreme love of God and was perfected by God. Those who are foolish are different. They are suspicious of and guard against God at every turn. No matter what they do, they rely on their imaginations and sight. They don’t believe anything that is invisible to man. When they believe in God, they hold something back for themselves. They have doubts about God’s words, God’s promise, and are even ambiguous about His existence. The path they walk is that they pursue money, fame, and fortune while believing in God. Only when God appears publicly or the great disaster comes one day will they wholeheartedly seek the truth. This is the path the fools have chosen. Just like Thomas. Although he followed the Lord, he did not believe in the Lord’ words, nor did he believe that the Lord would be resurrected after three days. Thomas didn’t believe until he saw the scars from the nails on Jesus’ hands and touched His rib. Such kind of man is foolish and cunning. So the Lord Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). It can be seen that it’s very important to take the right path in our belief in God. Most importantly, we should have a proper pursuit as we walk our road ahead. If we can, like Peter, wholeheartedly love God without deals and demands, or speculation and doubts, and all of our actions are for loving and satisfying God, then we will be people who are prudent and wise, and approved by God.   » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “Deadly Ignorance”: Who Should We Listen to in Welcoming the Lord’s Return 

Proverbs 13:20

Walks With Wise Men – Reflection on Proverbs 13:20

Today’s Gospel He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. – Proverbs 13:20 Reflection This verse tells us what kind of people we associate with is wise. If we make friends with wise men, we’ll be wise. If with fools, we’ll surely be destroyed. Then what kind of people are wise? And what kind of people are fools? The Bible says, “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). From it we can see that those who can fear God and have knowledge of Him are wise. Just as when the Lord Jesus came to do His work at the Age of Grace, those who followed Him were wise men. For example, Peter, John, Jacob, they followed Jesus at once when they heard His voice, so they were wise men. If we associate with such kind of people, we’ll have the chance to obtain God’s salvation.Whereas, the Jewish chief priests, scribes and Pharisees didn’t have a God-revering heart, much less did they know God. So they were fools. Though they listened to Jesus’ preachings, they didn’t seek or investigate to accept the truths but found fault with Him, resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus, nailed Him to the cross. As a result, they were punished and cursed by God. If we follow such people without discernment, we shall be destroyed, and even cursed and punished by God. It is the last days of Jesus second coming. How to distinguish between wise men and foolish ones is a major thing that affects whether or not we can be saved. The Lord Jesus prophesied, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). When someone testifies that Jesus has returned, only wise virgins can recognize the voice of God and welcome Him. They themselves not only welcome the reappearance of Jesus, but also can lead brothers and sisters to seek and investigate God’s work of the last days, and gain His salvation in the last days. Conversely, when those stubborn foolish virgins hear the voice of God, they don’t accept, but block brothers and sisters from seeking and investigating the true way, thus losing God’s salvation in the last days. Such people are foolish. Obviously, it is really important to walk with wise men. “Only those who follow the footsteps of the Lamb to the very end can gain the final blessing, whereas those ‘clever people,’ who are unable to follow to the very end yet believe they have gained all, are incapable of witnessing the appearance of God. They all believe they are the smartest person on earth, and they cut short the continued development of God’s work for no reason at all, and seem to believe with absolute certainty that God will take them up to heaven, they who ‘have the utmost loyalty to God, follow God, and abide by the words of God.’ Even though they have the ‘utmost loyalty’ toward the words spoken by God, their words and actions still feel so disgusting because they oppose the work of the Holy Spirit, and commit deceit and evil. Those who do not follow to the very end, who do not keep up with the work of the Holy Spirit, and who only cleave to the old work have not only failed to achieve loyalty to God, but on the contrary, have become those who oppose God, have become those who are rejected by the new age, and who will be punished. Are there any more pitiable than them? ”   » You may be interested in reading more on our Commentaries on Proverbs page, or in the articles below: • How to Be Wise Virgins to Welcome Second Coming of Jesus • 4 Principles for Wise Virgins to Recognize the Voice of God • Christian Testimony: The Path to the Kingdom of Heaven Is Narrow

Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthrows the sinner. - Proverbs 13:6

God Likes Upright People – Reflection on Proverbs 13:6

Today’s Gospel Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthrows the sinner. – Proverbs 13:6 Reflection This verse teaches us to be righteous and honest people. Because God likes this kind of people. Just like God says: “You ought to know that God likes an honest man. God has the substance of faithfulness, and so His word can always be trusted. Furthermore, His actions are faultless and unquestionable. This is why God likes those who are absolutely honest with Him.” “Honesty means to give your heart to God; never to play Him false in anything; to be open with Him in all things, never hiding the truth; never to do that which deceives those above and deludes those below; and never to do that which merely ingratiates yourself with God. In short, to be honest is to refrain from impurity in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man.” From God’s word, we can see the reason why the righteous and honest people could be able to gain God’s approval. And also, we found the way to become an honest person. Only those who are righteous and honest can satisfy God’s will. Such people would never be able to resist or betray God, but be of one heart and mind toward God. Such people will surely be cared and protected by God. The latter half of the verse warns us Christians that if we sin, we will be trapped in wickedness. We were corrupted by Satan, having the sinful nature, and Satan is ceaselessly tempting us to sin, to betray God. If we always commit sins and are not able to truly repent, we are always living under Satan’s domain. Over time, we will be eaten up by Satan. Therefore, being a righteous and honest person should be the goal that every Christian must pursue.   » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “The People of the Heavenly Kingdom” – Only the Honest Can Enter the Kingdom of God

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