Proverbs: Day

Day 27


Today's Text: Proverbs 27

Proverbs 27. 

Ladies. 27. Out of 31. Hooray to you if you’ve been fighting the good fight for wisdom through Proverbs! If you’re just jumping in today – hooray to you too! We are thrilled to read God’s word with you. 

First. Can we just point out the obvious? Kacia, Raechel, and I have been dividing up these days (if you haven’t noticed) and I’m pretty sure this is the third time I’ve gotten a chapter that compares a yucky wife to something super annoying. 

Vs 15 – A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike….
I hear you Lord, ok? I hear you. :) 

Let’s deal with the really good well-known gem in here, want to?

Proverbs 27:17 says “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”

What a biblical principle to rejoice over, even when it hurts. 

Sometimes there might be a temptation for me as an introvert to imagine a life with just Christ. Where I pray and live and breath and function and He corrects me and I repent and I just get continually closer to Him. And then I die, and go to heaven. Sure I’d miss out on tucking my precious, rambunctious, sinful kids into bed after they’ve run me ragged all day and I wouldn’t know the comfort of a forgiving hug from my husband when I’ve been ugly to him and he’s embracing me anyhow. I wouldn’t know the peace that comes after reconciling with a friend. I’d never experience the deep joy as I look around the family table at thanksgiving dinner and see something far from a perfect family – but people covered in the blood of Jesus. 

BUT it would just be me and Jesus. And sharp wouldn’t feel so sharp. 

Aren’t we glad that His ways are higher than ours? That He wrote our lives much like He lives His eternal one. In community. Sure, His is perfect and flawless – Father, Son, & Holy Spirit perfectly coinciding and working together and our community is less perfect and more sharpening. But oh goodness, I am grateful for His ways. 

Are there any ways you’re running or hiding from being sharpened? Could we be hiding our sin with the hopes that we’ll be seen as what we’re not? Could we be holding the people we love to a standard they just can’t attain rather than entering into a sharpening relationship with them – filled with grace and patience? 

Sharpening doesn’t sound fun and it doesn’t sound painless.
But oh THANK YOU Father for not leaving us dull. Thank you for letting us experience  community in a shadow of a glimpse of the way you do. Thanks for letting us sharpen one another. 
  • Holy conviction, Proverbs 27! It really sealed God's stamp of Proverbs 25: 28 on me, where He first told me, a person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out, but for me–it's the opposite. What if I have too MUCH self-control that it limits His intent to sharpen and mold me into the person HE wants me to be? What if my rigid self-control is causing me to worship the schedule, the training for that race, the food I put or don't put into my body? What if instead of having windows that are knocked out, I have windows that are locked up?? That keep me from seeing other people and their needs, and the faithful Servant God has called me to be? I like to think that the days can be micromanaged into tiny calendar squares, and then in 27:1 He says quite directly, you don't know the first thing about tomorrow. Ouch. It's easy to get distracted, to falsely proclaim that my productivity is for His glory…but is it? Or is it just an attempt to call attention to myself and all that I can claim to have accomplished in a day? What if my determination to do more and be more for the world is just drawing me further from Him and His plan for my life? What if I just allowed Him to direct my thoughts and my days in the direction HE wanted me to go? Would I find maybe a little more peace and lot less stress? Giving up on good, for something better.

  • heidiendsofearth

    Verse 4 really leapt out at me: "Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?"

    God had really blessed me in my life, but I still often find myself focusing on the things I wish I had or that I'm hoping I'll be able to have some day rather than being grateful for where I am and who I'm with. I love my three boys, but there are days that not having a daughter makes me a little sad. I love our little home church group, but sometimes the idea of a nice big church where I can blend into the background and drop my kids off at the nursery for an hour of peace is so attractive. I tend to think of jealousy of being not as bad as anger (anger being something I don't struggle with quite as much), but clearly this is not the case!

  • Sarah Longing

    Oh, this post was so timely. In the mornings, I often complain to myself about having to be around others and not just sit with Him. How true that the sanctification I'm receiving in my First Grade classroom is shaping me into being more like Him. Thanks for this thought.

    The verse on jealousy in the beginning has me so convicted. I'm so jealous of the lives and friendships of other women that it stops me from rejoicing with them and giving glory to God for what he's doing with them. It also stops me from being thankful for my own life and what He's calling me to do. I'm praying for a heart that rejoices for others and gives thanks for my own blessings.

    • Amy H.

      Sarah, I understand about resenting your quiet time being delayed or interrupted.
      My husband is a morning person and he would get up and be so chatty with me when all I wanted to do was pray, write in my journal, read, etc.
      And it's just like you said about your classroom…I realized at some point that God was using the "interruption" of my husband to help me get my head out of my bible and start APPLYING what I was highlighting so diligently! LOL
      Have a great week,
      Amy Hale

  • So for the past two days i have been asking myself … What am I getting from this? Do I see a difference in myself? And I was scared that I wasn't. I was scared that I was just going with the motions and forgetting what I've learned the past 27 days. For the past month and a half my life has been pretty much hell in my eyes. Compared to what people go through or have gone through my problems aren't that bad, but to me they have rocked my world and turned it upside down. I was going about life planning things according to MY wants and MY desires…. But the Lord gives and takes away. Trying to comprehend that and live it and not be bitter is so hard…but I just wake up each day and ask God for comfort and wisdom. Which brings me to tonight….I have never imagined the situation that I have been thrown into. Never in my dreams did I picture this… A situation that I have every right to be Hurt and angry and all of it. A situation that has broken my heart…and instead of lashing out in anger….all of these verses in Proverbs keep popping in my head. All of this wisdom that I never knew existed in me. So here I am …. Handling the situation knowing it's not me and the words that I am speaking but God speaking through me. I feel so blessed to be a part of this group because I know that without it I would have not been able to get through this. Thank you for this!!!

  • I've really loved doing Proverbs because it reminds me constantly to be wise…or at least think before I act. I have struggled to find a community group/women's group to be held accountable in FOREVER. Accountability is so difficult to find. I think as women we don't want to be hurt or hurt others. However, I'm at a point in my life when a good talking to doesn't hurt my feelings. I desire that community and relationship with other women. I have been writing on my blog about how often I am confronted with negativity from girls. All I want is a friend. Somehow I'm always pushing others away. I know I have things to work on, but I also feel that there are so many women out there who are growing and dealing/sorting through the baggage they carry, they end up dumping it on others. I want to help, but so often find myself being taken advantage of. Does anyone else feel like this? Thanks for being a part of this community! I am so grateful to at least surround myself with like-minded folk…I just miss the accountability aspect that you get from a face to face relationship (does that make sense?)

  • Thank you for sharing this! It was exactly what I needed today!
    Thank You Lord for allowing us to be sharpened and help us to
    Change for Your glory!

  • Pro 27:5 Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.

    This verse makes me want to shout from the rooftops that the people in my life are great and wonderful. I want to be more loving and I want to be able to share that love with others.

    May God shine through us today.

  • I'm so thankful for this study and community. There have been a few key areas of improvement the Lord has been yelling out to me through this daily reading. Every day I've been struggling with them and I think He has been patient, telling and reminding me.
    Vs. 3 stuck out to me. In my Bible NLT it reads "A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is heavier than both." I've been feeling a huge resentment towards my husband for making some life changing decisions that I didn't agree with and I think the Lord is telling me it's time to forgive.
    This resentment is causing anger and anger is causing irritation and I can see how I've become that nagging wife in vs. 15.
    So vs. 19 also stuck out to me "As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person." my husband isn't a believer yet and here I am acting hateful and ugly towards him yet praying on a daily basis for him to find the Lord. How is the way I am acting ever going to show him what a true Christian is.
    Please pray for me that Satan will stop using anger and resentment in my life to sabatoge my marriage and keep my husband from becoming a believer, that I will turn to the Lord to help me when I start feeling that anger and resentment. Thanks Ladies!

    • Amy H.

      Saying a prayer right now for you and your husband!
      Also, wanted to share something God showed me in a similar situation…
      When my husband and I first married, I was extremely bitter and resentful. Most of my prayers consisted of my complaints to God about my husband and begging Him to change him.
      One day I had a breakthrough. I very clearly heard God whisper to me, "I see your husband and the things you're talking about. But the resentment, anger, and bitterness you are harboring in your heart are every bit as sinful."
      When I recognized that, and confessed those things to God, I seriously saw mountains move in my marriage ;)
      Praying for you!

      • Dyan

        Thank you Amy! Brought tears to my eyes!

      • Stephanie

        Amy I LOVE what God said to you! "I see your husband and the thing you're talking about." I love that God sees what we see but is not going to let us get fixed on that! He turns it right back around to open our eyes!

        • Amy H.

          I loved that too.
          That was a very special time in my life :)
          You might call it a "defining moment" in my faith walk.

  • While grocery shopping yesterday, I caught myself "looking down my nose" at people. I don't know why. I'd notice something about someone and would think I was somehow better or was thankful I wasn't "like that". Ugh.

    Then, today another "ouch" moment in Verse 2 (NLT): "Don't praise yourself; let others do it!" Ouch, ouch, ouch.

    At least I didn't say anything out loud though, right? Wrong. Who knows what face I may have been making to go along with those thoughts: Verse 19 (MSG) "Just as water mirrors your face, so your face mirrors your heart." Yikes. Ouch, again.

    Dear God, help me to see others as you see them–as your children. Help me remember that I'm just the same as them and no better.

    • teawithsb

      So very true. Ouch to everything you just said. :) I have to be careful with judging people even if I don't say it. The thoughts burrow down into my heart and make it more difficult to stop. I thank God he can change people including my judgmental, stuck-up ways. :)

  • Such a good devo this morning, probably because my husband and I joke about how much "easier" it would be to be a monk or a nun. HA!

    Community. Such a grand design…

    Thanks for this.

  • Good morning gals :)
    I too noticed v.15, Raechel. In my journal margin I wrote AGAIN?? Yes God will repeat the message until we "get it".
    I thought verses 5, 6, & 17 went together nicely. A reminder that our loved ones and people who mean us well, may at times bring a message that feels uncomfortable. But God does the impossible and the amazing, when we are in that uncomfortable & change oriented space!
    Thank you God for thinking enough of me, to give me this online community of women who all yearn to be sharpened, as I do :)

  • Stephanie

    Amy I really like how you bring out being in a community with some messy, hard to love people! While I love the verse about iron sharpening iron the verse I am drawn to is 5. 'A spoken reprimand is better than approval that's never expressed." At work it is my job to let those who work for me know how they are doing their job-everyday-. I work with a community of some messy, hard to love people. People who are hurting and trying to live their lives without Christ. I need to remember I may be the only "christ" they know. I need to remember to say thank you to them and in turn they open up to me and I am able to share the Christ I know!

    • Amy H.

      Wow, I'm sure that truly is a tough position to be in. You are absolutely right about keeping in mind that you may be the only example of Christ they know.
      I was thinking about a similar situation this morning and I reminded myself that as someone who is a professing Christian, HIS REPUTATION is at stake in me. If I feel something (or someone) is too hard to deal with, I want to remember that. It's not about me. It's about allowing Christ to live through me!

  • I liked this translation of the verse you discussed:
    "As iron sharpens iron, so people can improve each other." (NCV)

    Of course there are times when it is tempting to shut myself off from the world and just bury my head in my bible. It's safe and comfortable! But if I want to experience the faithfulness of God, if I want a front row seat to watching Him work and learning His ways, if I want to GROW and not stand still in my relationship with Christ, I have no choice but to enter into relationships with others–and not just with friendly, easy-going people! No, if my desire is to be a follower of Christ, I must live as He did. That means going where He leads me. That will mean loving and being in community with some messy, hard to love people too. But that's a good thing. OUR messiness is what ultimately brings us to our knees, seeking more of Him. And the more we seek Him, the more we learn about Him and the more we learn about Him, the more we can "sharpen" (or as the NCV says, IMPROVE) each other for His glory!

    Father, help me to be open & honest about my own messiness AND to be more willing to love others in theirs.

    • Nancy W.

      Hi Amy;
      I thank the Lord for you! You have "sharpened" me and helped me so much. I listened to the message from the link you gave me and it is just what I needed. Finally, I feel that I have the correct tools to start "forgiveness" process; not that I haven't already, but it is very difficult to do when you don't know where to turn other than prayer. I ordered the book also by Nancy Leigh Demoss. Again, Thank you so much sister in Christ. May he bless you richly in your life.

      • Amy H.

        Aw Nancy, and YOU have been an encouragement to me!! Thank you for that.
        SO glad you listened AND bought her book. Awesome!
        Today they are doing part 2 of that message…I want to go back and listen again to the first part. I LOVED the concept of thanking God FOR the trials as a means of "opening" the situation up and inviting Him in.
        Are you on Twitter or Instagram?

        • Nancy W.

          No, I am not. I don't do face book either. :( I do have email though!! lol. I'll share my email if you'd like. ::))

          • Amy H.

            Haha! I don't do Facebook either. Yes, I would love your email if you don't mind sharing. Mine is [email protected]
            Would love to stay in touch that way!
            Have a great weekend,

  • I have been struggling with getting back into my morning bible reading with my husband and 4 teens at home, a house and farm to work in/at, parents and inlaws that live very close by — you would think that that would be enough to remind me to talk with Himevery morning and read His word… but instead I have been selfish and even tho I get up early enough to spend this time with Him I use it in other ways: emails, laundry, coffee, time for 'me'. Well these past few days I have gotten caught up withmy SRT Proverbs reading and today I am caught up! I find my days are working nicer, I have a bit more patience with the kids and others.
    I need to remember that to take time for "me" can be done with Him! SPending time with God gives me quiet, peace and time to reflect on my past days and what is being planned (but will surely change) in my future!
    My comments today are not about todays reading 'per se' mostly a thank you to the wonderful ladies who take the time to organize this and to the beautiful ladies who post comments, tweet and use instagram to share their journey! I hope that soon I am able to get back into the full swing of my bible studying (kids are back to school and farm fall work is almost done YAY!)
    Thank you… from the bottom of my heart.

    • Jessica

      Jodi, I can't imagine why you'd struggle to find the head and heart space to get with the Lord. :|

      (I'm SO joking, but I bet you knew that)

      Thanks for the reminder that time for "us" is time with HIM. So good.

  • RunSingTeach

    "Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another." 27:17 nrsv
    People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron. gntuk

    We are called to life together and that includes our learning. We are not meant to sit in a room and read the bible and come out wise. Part of my love for my Episcopal tradition is our approach; the three-legged stool of Scripture, Tradition, and REason. We are meant to study the scriptures, honor traditions of liturgy, and use our God-given intellect to grapple with difficult issues. The bible is full of conflicting messages. Love No, Stone! Forgive, no, wait… Eat meat wait, vegetables.. Help the poor, despise the poor? WHAT! How do I make sense of it all.

    First, start with Jesus. JESUS message is clear. LOVE. So the rest is up to us. Using one another as friends and sisters to build up one another in prayer, reason, and sharpening of the mind. When we read, study, debate, and reflect upon the complex issues of scripture and religion all with the hope of gaining insight and encouraging one another in our walks with God, we are following the proverbial command of learning from one another. We must rejoice in these times to learn and grow within a community. This keep us from isolation and allow our own hearts and minds to grow more open and more intricate; we must let them. We must continue to open our minds to learning. To seek wisdom for ourselves and within a community of seekers not just merely hearing and regurgitating what we hear from our brothers and sisters we deem wise or worthy.

    Proverbs has very clear themes about wisdom, humility, patience, anger, gossip, the poor, the role of the wife, the raising of children. It is the theme of wisdom, the encouragement of learning, that stands out to me as an educator. We must continually learn and grow in order to be effective teachers. We must share our learning with peers and model our learning for little humans.

    The SRT mantra is, "this time we are doing it together". I'm grateful for the community of women whom have encouraged me in my renewed walk with Christ. I am thankful for the messages of God laid out in our scriptures. And I am thankful for my mind and the ability to sharpen it with each new day.

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