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Day 30


Today's Text: Proverbs 30

Proverbs 30 sure is beautiful.

In it, the author writes these semi-poems, to the Lord. About the Lord. My favorite is from verses 7-9:

Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
lest I be full and deny you
and say, “Who is the LORD?”
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of my God.

If I sat down and really asked the Lord for two things today. The only two things I’d want before I died, I’m not sure either of them would be to remove me far from lying and give me neither poverty or riches. Maybe let my kids know you and please help us to not move 18 more times before I’m 40. Or, help me to get motherhood right and let us not make Christians look like idiots. I’m afraid of the two things I’d ask.

Which makes me think. Maybe I should take some time to think on it.

And that makes me think, maybe we should all take some time to think on it? 

So what if we tried that today? What if we just sat and used the wisdom that the Lord has imparted to us in the last month or so of Proverbs reading and thought on – what would help us to make much of Him? We shouldn’t think for a second that we can muster up serving Him well on our own, He’s the only one who enables that.

Maybe we can’t say only two things for the rest of our lives, maybe we can’t think of even two things we need today, but why don’t we just get quiet and tell Him – we want to love you with our whole heart, our whole lives, our whole selves. And we could use ____________________ from you to help us do that.

He absolutely absolutely wants to give us what we need to live for Him. So let’s ask Him.

Let’s ask our Dad for what we need. 

  • heidiendsofearth

    Wow, only two things until I die? Most days lately it feels like the one thing I'd want to ask for is some rest, but that's definitely not my "final answer."

    The main thing on my heart right now would be to ask that God teach me how to truly love the people he's placed in my life (my family most of all, but also my church family). That, and wisdom would probably do it for me. I do love my kids and my husband, but a lot of the time I wonder if I'm living out that love in a way they can feel and understand. It feels like I end up communicating irritation and annoyance to my kids a lot more than I communicate love.

    • KRS

      Amen to that! I feel the same about my kiddos and husband! Love,love,love them to pieces and would not want to be doing anything but what I am doing ( caring for them), yet I feel like all they hear is a gripping, irritated, woman!

  • Hi girls, this doesn't relate directly to Proverbs 30, but has been on my heart lately. When asked to think of two things I would ask the Lord to help me with, I am just totally overwhelmed because I feel like I need help with EVERYTHING. I have been struggling so much with doubting lately . . .I came across a book by Francis Chan the other day called Crazy Love, and in it he talks about how he believes "Lukewarm Christians" aren't going to heaven. This confused/upset me even more, because I just don't understand how someone who has accepted Jesus but still struggles with doubt, and doesn't devote his/her ENTIRE life to God, could be abandoned by God. Has anyone else read this book, or wondered about this? How can we know if we "sincerely" accept Jesus? I would really love to know your thoughts. I am so glad I have this community to reach out to.

    • StephanieR

      Corey, there is no where in the Bible I read that says lukewarm Christians are not going to heaven. First of all Jesus died on the cross to forgive EVERYONE of my sins! As soon as I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and ask him into my heart I was 100% forgiven! That is what He died for! If He only died for on fire Christians there are a lot of people out there that are totally misunderstand the Bible!
      When you read any other book beside the Bible compare it to what the Bible says–if it is not in agreement with the Bible it just isn't true!
      Two really good books for you to read are "The Murder of Jesus" by John McAurther and "You're Amazing Already" by Holley Gerth. These books stand side by side with the Bible and tell us what I said above. When Jesus died he covered everyone of our sins–no if, ands, or buts!
      If you "sincerely" accept Jesus you have a desire to read his word, to get to know Him, and walk the walk. Doesn't mean your cannot wander away but God doesn't move away from us!

    • heidiendsofearth

      Corey, my response to that book comes from Romans 10:9-11 : "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, 'Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.' "

      God will not put to shame those who have believed in his son. He has promised it, and he's faithful to keep his promises. I agree with what StephanieR said!

    • Erica S.

      Hi Corey,
      I haven't specifically read Crazy Love, but I believe he's referring to the verse in Revelation (3:15-16) – "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Then the writer of Revelation goes on to say (v. 17) about how the people were depending on their wealth to save them (sounds a bit like the description of the fool in Proverbs). Then we get to verses 19-20: "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."
      So my interpretation is that it is a matter of the heart. If we're trying to seek after God, to know His will for our lives and live that out, no matter how many times or how badly we mess up, He will always take us back. It's only an issue if we're trying to depend on ourselves for salvation and refusing to acknowledge God and repent (or saying that we're a Christian and then refusing to live our lives accordingly).

  • I pray that God would give me the holy boldness to speak and walk in His truth.
    I pray God would work through my family for His glory.

  • Samantha

    My two things would have to be;
    self-control, in terms of alcohol and the effects that depression has on me and a heart that is far more willing to GIVE wholeheartedly.
    I've done a lot of things I regret and some things that have made people tiptoe around me, I pray that I can keep a hold of things to the extent that I am no longer scaring my friends and family with comments or something simple like forgetting to send a text message reply.

    • AmyHale

      I appreciate your honesty and i want you to know that I am lifting up a prayer for you right now.

    • Corie

      Father God, we ask You to bless Samantha. She is seeking Your help and Your guidance in her mind, may You put those desires into her heart and her actions. Lord, may You speak grace into her life that she might rely fully on You. I pray these things in Jesus name.

      • Samantha

        Oh, Corie, I'm welling up with tears at your prayer for me. Thank you so much.

  • runningviolinist

    My favorite verse was "every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help. Don't second guess him." It gives me such peace with everything I have going on. Mind you I still try and do things my way, and on my timetable, but it's a great reminder to trust him.

    • heidiendsofearth

      This verse stuck out to me as well! I needed the reminder that God will shield me if I seek refuge in him (instead of trying to figure it out on my own and ignoring him until things fall apart…).

  • redefiningkim

    Beautiful verses. I need the Lord to give me: a gentle reminder that my to-do list can wait for nothing is more important than spending time with my King and Father and patience – lots of patience.

  • amoveableme

    I love those verses too… Verse 8 sticks out to me and reminded me of a beautiful song called "Enough," by Shaun Groves. His words paint such a beautiful picture of this verse!

    I am getting a little sad that this Proverbs study is coming to an end… each study seems to work a special place in my heart <3

  • StephanieR

    My two things I would pray for to obtain before I die is: the fear (awe, reverence) of God, and wisdom.
    The verses I was draw to were 11 thru 14 about the four kinds of evil men. The disrespectful, the hypocrite, the proud, and the greedy. It is interesting to me the verse say these men are evil but I think of evil men as murders, rapist, and thieves, however, God is looking at a man's heart when He says they are evil!

  • This is such a powerful verse because we are “forced” to consider what we might say. It is easy to ask God things on a daily basis based on what we are experiencing or watching others go through but when it is left as ONLY 2 things… what do we ask for that can help us grow through Him. I love and need these thought provoking messages. Proverbs has definitely helped me grow and recognize things in myself that will help me grow as a Christian.

  • My two things would be:

    self-control (especially in the area of eating) and
    a heart that is quicker to PRAY for someone hard to get along with than to JUDGE and gossip about them.

  • I just thought it was SO COOL how this chapter worked out in my own heart/mind.

    One of the things I would ask for, as unrealistic as it sounds, is to be….(My boss would call it) consciously competent which means what you are doing is working- you know why it's working and how to keep improving.

    I.e., I don't want to get to heaven and realize there were things in my life that I should have fixed/changed- one thing that comes to mind- the questions, how can we lower our bills so we can decrease our "stuff" and increase our giving? For us, it is paying for over 1000 cable "channels" and only watching about 5 of them- what a waste. God has really been chatting with me on that one!

    In short, I want to be aware of WHAT I'm doing and WHY I'm doing it.

    Vs. 28 totally made my ears perk.

    a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in the king's palaces.

    For me, the lizard represents sin. Sometimes it can be such an "easy" thing to root out (i.e like a lizard) but even when you think you have it all together (the king), lizards/sin can still find a way to sneak in in ways you don't even realize.

    Also, my bible also mentioned a hyrax…? Did anyone know what those were!?!?! I googled it, and they are super cute- sometimes I think they look like they are GRUMPY though- haha.

    Anyway, sorry- hope this made sense. It is currently 5:37am in Ohio….trying to put my words together….and wasting time looking at hyraxes-haha!

    • RunSingTeach

      I feel like the point of 24-28 is saying that these small things have great something without power or a king. Small but mighty. I'm not sure how lizard equates sin when the scripture is saying that these four things-ants, badgers, locusts, and lizards all may seem insignificant but have wisdom. The ants have the ability to provide their own food (teamwork), the badgers make their homes in the rocks, locusts work together, and lizards are teeny yet have a place in the palace. The lizard piece is also contextual, we are talking Jerusalem, sixth century. It wouldn't have been uncommon for many such small creatures to find their way into "palaces". No Orkin man back then.

      I don't mean to seem disrespectful of your interpretation; I just wanted to share mine in hopes that perhaps we are constantly looking for a representation of sin.

      I took this section as "small but mighty". :-)

      • Holly

        Yes, I got that too. This was just my interpretation of the chapter considering what she asked us about our "two things."

        I realize now that I interpret The Bible differently when a question is being asked of me as opposed to when I'm just reading it on my own. Interesting- something I've never considered before.

        I love that you mentioned Orkin. My husband used to be a Manager for a pest control company. The hours were terrible but I didn't see a bug in our house for the first 2 years of our marriage-ha. I miss that about his old job!

  • Michelle

    Thanks so much for this post. Today I was challenged the ask the Lord for patience and a perspective change. I believe he’ll teach me both!

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