For the month of May, we will be Praying Through The Proverbs. Unlike a Bible study, we will simply pray a few key Scriptures each day. We’ll concentrate on how these verses apply to our individual lives, and ask God to reveal to us if there is anything specific we need to repent of or work on. Let’s look at Chapter 12*.
Key Verses in Chapter 12:
v.4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
There are many reasons why we need to be women of noble character, not simply for our own good, but because we want to be our husband’s pride and joy. We should also want to be respectable women because we wouldn’t want to bring shame to our husband or family.
v.9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
It’s better to be an ordinary “working man” than pretending to be someone you’re not and go hungry.
v.11 He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.
v.12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.
v. 14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.
Our folks were right: Earning a living the old-fashioned way – by working for it – is the best insurance against a life of need. A simple life of obedience – including following the command to work – produces blessings.
v.24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
A hard worker will be rewarded with increased responsibility. A lazy worker might lose his job, or become a “slave” to his work.
v.27 The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.
A lazy man wastes his food and life….but a hard worker can be proud of what he achieves as a result of it.
Father God, I humbly enter this, my secret place, and acknowledge I am in the Presence of the One True God. Thank You for meeting me here. Forgive me so I can stand in Your Presence clean and holy.
Help me to be the woman of noble character You created me to be, that I may bring honor to You, to my husband and family, and to myself.
I surrender my work to You, Father; the fruits of my labor, and the desires of my heart. Help me to do my work to the best of my ability, “as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Col. 3:23). Help me to exercise good time management so I can make the best use of the time I have each day, then channel Your abundance through me in a manner that brings glory to Your Name.
I pray all these things in the powerful Name of Jesus…