Reflection: The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but God uses hardship and refinement to train the people of the kingdom. Although we can understand the meaning of this verse, we are easy to become negative and weak and even complain when we meet with hardships or sickness.
Today’s Gospel Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. – Proverbs 26:23 Reflection Reading this verse, I thought of the Pharisees, who appeared devout, making a show of saying lengthy prayers at a crossroads or at the gate of synagogue. Nevertheless, when the Lord Jesus came to do His work, they did their utmost to oppose and condemn Him, nailed innocent Jesus to the cross for the sake of their own status and livelihood. Finally, they were cursed by God. We should learn how to discern this kind of people and not be cheated by them, especially it’s the crucial time to meet the Lord’s return. We need to make our mind clear and seek the truth with a humble heart, lest we miss God’s salvation. » You may be interested in reading more: • How Can We Discern False Christs? 3 Keys You Need to Know • Having Learned to Discern False Christs, I Welcomed the Lord • Principles for Differentiating Between True Way and False Way
Today’s Gospel The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe. – Proverbs 29:25 Reflection This verse reminds me of the story of Saul in the Bible. He was afraid of the strong Goliath and dared not go out to fight, because God had no place in his heart and he did not know to rely on God. Thus, he was ensnared. That also got the Israelites into a fix. Even though the Philistines were shouting at them outside, Saul dared not go out. On the contrary, God had a place in David’s heart. David did not allow anyone to abuse God. Besides, he believed that with Jehovah God nothing was impossible. Therefore, he feared nothing and finally defeated Goliath by the strength from God. David’s story reminds us that we should have true faith in God and never forget to rely on Him when anything happens to us. Some time ago, the company where I work arranged for me to make some new study plan. I felt it was difficult because I had no knowledge of that business and worried that how the leader would see me if I couldn’t handle it. Afterward, I came across a passage online, “Sometimes, looking to God doesn’t mean speaking clearly when people pray to God for something, or for God to guide them in some way, or for God to protect them; rather it is that, when they encounter some issue, they are able to call on Him sincerely. So, what is God doing there? When someone’s heart stirs, and they have this idea: ‘Oh God, I can’t do this myself, I don’t know how to do it, and I feel weak and negative,’ when these thoughts arise in them, does God not know about it? When these thoughts arise in man, are people’s hearts sincere? When they call on God sincerely in this way, does God assent to help them? Despite the fact that they may not have spoken a word, they show sincerity, and so God assents to help them. When someone encounters an especially thorny difficulty, when they have no one to turn to, when they feel especially helpless, they trust in God as their only hope. What are their prayers like? What is their state of mind? Is it sincere? Do they have any mixed purpose at that time? When you trust God as though He were the last straw that you clutch onto to save your life, when you hope God will help you, only then is your heart sincere. Though you may not have said much, your heart has already stirred. That is, you give your true heart, your sincere heart to God, and God listens. When God listens, He sees your difficulties, and He guides you, enlightens you and helps you.” Until then did I realize that I was worried because God had no place in my heart and I did not know to rely on God to do things. From this, I came to understand God’s will. Then I prayed to God according to this passage and tried to rely on God to make the study plan. Gradually I knew how to do it and did it smoothly. Thanks be to God! I hope that brothers and sisters can rely on God to experience every matter, and feel His guidance. All the glory be to God! » You may be interested in reading more: • Bible Verses About Relying on God • Overcoming Elder’s Tricks by Relying on God » Most people also watch Christian Movie: God Is the Power of My Life – Christian Movie
Today’s Gospel Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD all the day long. – Proverbs 23:17 Reflection We often envy someone who has ability and caliber. Why do we envy such a person? Because he is better than us, He possesses what we lack. We are not as good as him so we envy him. In fact, no matter what gifts and merits people have, we should not envy them but only look up to God. For people’s gifts and merits are bestowed by God, people have nothing praiseworthy. So we should worship God, only God deserves our worship forever. » You may be interested in reading more: • Bible Verses About Envy: Shake Off the Shackles of Envy • A Christian’s Testimony: How to Mend a Friendship Broken by Interests • Three Principles for Serving God Harmoniously » Recommended: “The Heart’s Deliverance”- Do You Know the Secret to Getting Rid of Jealousy?
Today’s Gospel Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 Reflection Parents are children’s first teachers. Everywhere is competitive and full of temptations. If we don’t guide our children to choose the right direction in life, they will easily walk the wrong path. Maybe our child is young and we can guide him at his side anytime. However, he will grow up and leave us one day. Then how can we make sure he won’t be influenced by unhealthy practices in society? In John 8:12, Jesus again said, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” God’s word is the truth, the way, and the life. We won’t fall into darkness once we practice Jesus’ words. So, if we bring our children before God and train them up according to His requirements, our children will understand what they should do and not do. Many times, people walk down the wrong path because they don’t know how to tell the difference between the positive and negative. If we teach our children to fear God and shun evil, they will gradually possess the capacity to discriminate as they are growing up. Thus, we don’t worry whether or not our children will be deceived or walk the wrong path even though we are not at their side. » Read more on our Children’s Education page, or click on the related articles below: • God’s Words Perfectly Resolve My Problem in Educating Son • Christian Life: The Correct Way to Teach One’s Child and Be a Caring Mother • 25 Best Bible Verses About Teaching Children » Recommended for You: Christian Family Movie “Child, Come Back Home” Clip: There Is a Way to Break the Addiction of Young Web Addicts
Today’s Gospel A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3 Reflection This verse tells us that what people, things or occurrences we should come into contact with in our daily life. For prudent men, God has a place in their heart. When anything happens to them, they obey God, fear God, and can seek the will of God instead of dealing with it according to their own likes and imaginations. So they can gain the enlightenment and guidance of God, see through these things, and know what things will bring misfortune to themselves. They foresee the evil, hide and keep themselves free from harm. They are responsible for their life. By contrast, people who are foolish and ignorant have no such discernment because they do not pray with a sincere heart to seek the will of God. They do whatever they think is beneficial to themselves, regardless of what the result is. In the end, they are punished because of their ignorance. In this evil age, there are many evil things that can lead us away from God, to sin and become depraved, such as online games, romance novels, and pornographic films. We are seduced by these kinds of evil trends of Satan. If we pay no heed to differentiation between good and evil but do things according to our fleshly preferences and desires, we will easily fall into the temptation of Satan and be taken captive by it, and thus suffer the affliction of Satan. We will even do evil things and commit sins and resist God. Then how should we do to be a prudent man who foresees the evil, and hides himself? God says, “Do not come into contact with things that can draw your heart away to the outside, and do not come into contact with people who can draw your heart away from God. Drop whatever it is that can distract your heart from being close to God, or stay away from it. That way is more beneficial to your life.” “Furthermore, it is necessary to grasp how many administrative decrees of God there are, and to keep them firmly in mind, especially paying constant attention to those you are prone to violate. This will be ever so beneficial to you. Also, be clear about the environment and circumstances in which you easily violate the administrative decrees, and often pray sincerely if you encounter this sort of environment. If you can’t stand it any longer, breeze out. If there is no way to be victorious, better to walk away altogether. If you don’t walk away then you deserve death, and no one can save you. This is precisely how a prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself.” The words of God clearly show us that when we do something, we need to think whether or not it can draw our heart away from God. If it can destroy the normal relationship we have with God, then we should forsake the flesh and drop it. Meanwhile, we should pray to God and rely on Him to give us resolution and strength to forsake the flesh. Practicing this way can keep us from doing evils and avoid suffering loss in our life. » Most people also watch christian movie: “Deadly Ignorance”: Who Should We Listen to in Welcoming the Lord’s Return
Today’s Gospel The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. – Proverbs 22:2 Reflection This verse shows us that in this world, whether one is poor or rich is dictated and arranged by God. Among believers in the Lord, some brothers and sisters are rich and some are poor. Sometimes, God allows some rich brothers and sisters to coordinate with the poor ones in service together. If the poor one cannot understand God’s will, he will make complaints: “Why does God bless him but not me?” And the rich one will look down upon the poor. In fact, there is God’s good intention in it. His purpose in arranging this way is to let them learn from each other. In the beginning, when they coordinate with each other, and when the poor one sees that the rich one eats and wears better than he does, he feels restrained. Later, through praying to seek God’s will and reflecting on himself, he realizes: “I cannot truly obey God. There are impurities in my belief in God. I am still under the control of money and cannot be loyal to God.” Having this understanding, the poor one learns lessons through seeking the truth. Then even though he eats and wears worse than the rich one, he can coordinate with him in service, can be loyal to God, and obey Him—this is approved by God and he is one who is perfected. For the rich one, what lessons should he learn from it? When he first meets the poor one, he may think he is lucky and blessed by God. He looks down upon the poor one. Then he prays to God and reflects on himself. He finds that such conduct is not something that people of normal humanity is meant to have. He thinks: “I should see his strengths. Though he is poor, eats and wears worse than me, he is able to be loyal to God and pursue the truth. Look at me. I eat and wear better than he does. But it seems that he is not interested and constrained in these things. This is his strength and my deficiency. If I put myself in his shoes, can I continue believing in God? Can I serve Him with devotion? That is not easy. Now I live an enjoyable life, but I’m not as loyal as him to my duty. If I am in his place, I’m afraid that I will be passive and regressive. I don’t have the stature and personal quality as he does.” When he can realize this, he will be shamed and more loyal to God than before. He can even more repay God’s love. Finally, he also learns lessons. So there is God’s good intention in allowing the poor and the rich to coordinate in service together. There are lessons they should learn. Actually, God does not care if one is rich or poor, He only sees his resolve to suffer hardships, his will to obey God, his resolve of love for God, and how great his heart that loves the truth is. Thus, no matter we are rich or poor, we should obey God’s sovereignty and arrangements, and pursue the truth without being constrained by anything. Only such people are ones favored by God.
“Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” Reflection: The paths that we take are all arranged by God. Where we live, what job we do, and how much wealth we have—these are determined by God.
Today’s Gospel Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD. – Proverbs 18:22 Reflection This verse shows us that whoever finds a good wife or husband obtains God’s grace and blessing. Every person wants such a happy marriage. But whether or not we can obtain is not a matter of individual choice. It depends on God’s ordination and His sovereignty. God says, “Marriage is a key event in any person’s life; it is the time when one starts truly to assume various kinds of responsibilities, begins gradually to fulfill various kinds of missions. People harbor many illusions about marriage before they experience it themselves, and all these illusions are beautiful. Women imagine that their other halves will be Prince Charming, and men imagine that they will marry Snow White. These fantasies go to show that every person has certain requirements for marriage, their own set of demands and standards. Though in this evil age people are constantly bombarded with distorted messages about marriage, which create even more additional requirements and give people all sorts of baggage and strange attitudes, any person who has experienced marriage knows that no matter how one understands it, no matter what one’s attitude toward it is, marriage is not a matter of individual choice.” God’s words clearly tell us: Every person’s marriage is predestined by God and not a matter of individual choice. So we should come before God, entrust our other halves to Him, and obey His sovereignty and arrangements, for the other halves God arranges are perfect and blessed by Him. » You may also be interested in reading more on our Marriage Testimonies page , or in the selected articles below: • Christian Marriage Story: No Longer Complaining, She Has a Happy Marriage • God’s Love Hidden Behind a Late Marriage • Bible Verses About Marriage
Reflection: It always happens in our life. When chatting, if one interrupts another before the speaking is finished, and continue to pour out his own words eloquently, the one who interrupts others will be regarded as a person of poor caliber. In fact, it related to the sense of man.
Everyone needs friends and hopes that they have the best confidant. It is said in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Actual friendships can stand the test and environment of time.
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