March 28, 2022 READING A PROVERB A DAY (PROVERBS 28) Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.Proverbs 28:26

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Scripture Reading — Proverbs 28:18-28

Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
Proverbs 28:26 — 

As we rushed to catch a flight out of Brazil, rains pouring down the hillside changed the roadway into a river. Passing trucks threw sheets of water on our windshield and created zero visibility. Still, our driver refused to slow down. “Don’t worry,” he told us, “my car has good tires.”

In situations like that, I’d be more comfortable if I were at the steering wheel. But when I travel internationally, I find myself in the hands of others. Fellow believers drive me around, translate for me, and help me plan a meaningful schedule of daily events. I’ve learned I need to rely on the people God has given me.

I’ve also learned that everything doesn’t need to go according to my schedule. As a colleague said to me as we traveled together in third world countries: “Live by the motto, ‘It is what it is.’”

Living by that motto doesn’t mean I don’t plan. But it does mean I raise my trust level of others. Ultimately it means I raise my trust level of God and look for his leading in the unexpected twists of the journey.

Proverbs reminds me that when I put my trust in myself, I have a fool at the steering wheel. Ultimate wisdom is from God, and he uses the “many advisers” he has provided for the work he has given me to do (see Proverbs 15:22).

Whom has God given you today to help steer your way?

Prayer

Lord, you are in charge of our lives. Thank you for the people you provide to help us chart wise and thoughtful paths. Amen.

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Bob Heerspink

Bob Heerspink

Proverbs 28New Living Translation

28 The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,
    but the godly are as bold as lions.

When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
    But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.

A poor person who oppresses the poor
    is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.

To reject the law is to praise the wicked;
    to obey the law is to fight them.

Evil people don’t understand justice,
    but those who follow the Lordunderstand completely.

Better to be poor and honest
    than to be dishonest and rich.

Young people who obey the law are wise;
    those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.[a]

Income from charging high interest rates
    will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.

God detests the prayers
    of a person who ignores the law.

10 Those who lead good people along an evil path
    will fall into their own trap,
    but the honest will inherit good things.

11 Rich people may think they are wise,
    but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.

12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.
    When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.

13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper,
    but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong,[b]
    but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

15 A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor
    as a roaring lion or an attacking bear.

16 A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people,
    but one who hates corruption will have a long life.

17 A murderer’s tormented conscience will drive him into the grave.
    Don’t protect him!

18 The blameless will be rescued from harm,
    but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.

19 A hard worker has plenty of food,
    but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.

20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward,
    but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.

21 Showing partiality is never good,
    yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.

22 Greedy people try to get rich quick
    but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.

23 In the end, people appreciate honest criticism
    far more than flattery.

24 Anyone who steals from his father and mother
    and says, “What’s wrong with that?”
    is no better than a murderer.

25 Greed causes fighting;
    trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.

26 Those who trust their own insight are foolish,
    but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.

27 Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,
    but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.

28 When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
    When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish.

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